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Operation Dead Hand: Drug Ring Between California, Canada and Mexico Busted by FBI

Operation Dead Hand: Drug Ring Between California, Canada and Mexico Busted by FBI

Los Angeles, CA: Authorities in Los Angeles revealed a significant operation against a global drug syndicate accused of smuggling substantial amounts of narcotics across the United States and Canada.

According to officials, two indictments were unsealed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, revealing that 19 individuals are now facing charges in connection with “Operation Dead Hand.” Among those charged, nine are residents of Southern California.

Recent arrests have been made in various cities, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami, Odessa (Texas), Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary.

Investigators seized a significant amount of drugs, with an estimated value of $16-28 million. The haul included 845 kilograms of methamphetamine, 951 kilograms of cocaine, 20 kilograms of fentanyl, and 4 kilograms of heroin. In addition, they confiscated a substantial amount of $900,000 in cash.

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The Southern California residents charged in the indictments include

  • Carlos Barragan, 51, of Long Beach.
  • Corell Carbajal Garcia, 38, of Hemet.
  • Esteban Sinhue Mercado, 24, of San Jacinto.
  • Daniel Antonio Trejo Huerta, 43, of Riverside.
  • Ignacio Lopez, 53, Santa Ana.
  • Orlando Velasco Jr., 29, of Stanton.
  • Angel Larry Sandoval, 32, of Bell Gardens.
  • Jorge Pina Nicols, 22, of Long Beach.
  • Bryan Ureta Valenzuela, 24, of Ontario.

It was observed that the quantities of those seizures only reflected operations during the few months of the investigation, which suggests the network has been highly active and extensive throughout its existence.

According to authorities, a complex operation was carried out, involving Mexican cartels, an Italian mafia figure based in Montreal, and a network of drivers employed by numerous trucking companies.

“This is a takedown of a wide-ranging international drug trafficking conspiracy,” said Martin Estrada, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.

“This conspiracy spanned three countries that involve drug suppliers connected to cartels in Mexico, drug distributors and brokers in Los Angeles, Canadian truck drivers and a network that exported drugs into Canada and even an associate of the Italian mafia in Montreal, Canada,” he also added.

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