Mexican drug traffickers accused of smuggling two tons of narcotics into US

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Two Mexican drug traffickers tried to smuggle more than two tons of methamphetamine and 100,000 fentanyl pills into the U.S., prosecutors alleged Friday.

The drugs were worth more than $90 million had they hit the streets, said Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, who heads the DEA’s New York Division.

Jose Gastelum-Torres and Alejandro Gastelum-Vega were arrested in Sinaloa, Mexico on Jan. 29 after the Mexican Navy tracked their boat traveling from Las Arenitas, Sinaloa through the Gulf of California to drop off the drugs, according to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.

The Mexican Navy found their boat in Topolobampo and arrested Gastelum-Torres, 53, and Gastelum-Vega, 33.

In the vessel, the Navy officers found 960 plastic containers, which contained approximately 2.5 tons of methamphetamine and 100,000 pills of fentanyl, the complaint states.

“These two traffickers were allegedly caught red-handed with over $90 million dollars’ worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine,” Donovan said.

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Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan says drug traffickers possessed “over $90 million dollars’ worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine.”

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The drug traffickers were arrested in Sinaloa, Mexico.

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“Traffickers see opportunities when drug overdoses rise, and they are trying to flood American markets with these synthetic, highly addictive, and dangerous drugs,” he added.

Both men have each been charged with conspiring to import at least 500 grams of methamphetamine and at least 400 grams of fentanyl into the US.

They face at least 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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