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Thread: Authorities said they seized 123 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 when they arrested Steven Silva, affiliated with El Mezon del Cobre.

  1. #1
    Friday, August 1, 2003

    http://www.azstarnet.com/border/3080...LTAKEDOWN.html

    Targeted cartel is linked to Tucson


    "Operation Trifecta," the nationwide culmination of a 19-month investigation, brought the authorities to El Mezon del Cobre, a Tucson Mexican restaurant. They would not comment on what they sought but loaded what appeared to be files and a briefcase into this vehicle.



    Photos by Chris Richards / Staff

    Authorities said they seized 123 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 when they arrested Steven Silva, affiliated with El Mezon del Cobre.

    240 arrested, 10 in Arizona

    By L. Anne Newell
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR

    Officials dealt a stunning blow to an international drug cartel with strong ties to Tucson, announcing Thursday that they made 240 arrests and seized tons of drugs and millions of dollars in 19 months of investigation.

    In Arizona, "Operation Trifecta" resulted in the execution of four search warrants Thursday and the arrests of 10 people, said Special Agent Tony Ryan of the Tucson office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The federal agency, with the Department of Justice, led the multinational operation against the Zambada-Garcia cartel. Dozens of smaller law enforcement agencies assisted.

    Arizona authorities seized 2.2 pounds of cocaine as well as six cars, 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $30,000 in cash, Ryan said. Neither he nor federal officials would be more specific about the local searches except to say one was at El Mezon del Cobre, a restaurant at 2960 N. First Ave., near East Glenn Street.

    Another search was at a home near East Grant and North Swan roads.

    Officials also would not be more specific about those arrested except to confirm that a Tucson man arrested July 12 in New York is believed to have worked with the cartel.

    Authorities seized more than 123 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 cash when they arrested Steven Silva, who is affiliated with the Tucson restaurant.

    Other local arrests were on trafficking charges, they said.

    U.S. authorities served 50 search warrants and arrested 63 people Thursday after numerous other arrests in Arizona, New York, Ohio, California, Utah, Florida and Rhode Island throughout the week.

    All told, the national operation included more than 80 investigations that led to nearly 26,000 pounds of cocaine, 14,409 pounds of marijuana, nearly 108 pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of heroin and more than $8.3 million, officials said.

    Mexican authorities arrested four people Thursday as well.

    Yet the man who heads the syndicate, which is on a U.S. list of the most dangerous drug trafficking groups and is linked to the torture and murder of a DEA agent in 1985, continued to elude capture.

    Authorities have obtained an indictment for Ismael Zambada-Garcia, charging him and two of his top aides, Vicente Zambada-Niebla and Javier Torres-Felix, with conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine.

    They say that from August 2001 to June 2002, the group delivered more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine worth about $17 million to the New York/New Jersey area; nearly 3,900 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $30 million to the Chicago area and more than 50 pounds of cocaine with an estimated worth of nearly $400,000 to California.

    Ryan said Tucson was a distribution center and, according to Mexican officials, nearly 75 pounds of cocaine was seized here in February 2002 that bore the fingerprints of Manuel Medina Campas, who also has been indicted in the United States.

    According to The Associated Press, the owner of a Buffalo-area trucking company helped handle the transportation side of the ring. Peter Halas III, 63, worked with Silva to move the drugs, an indictment says.

    "Arizona is a major factor in Operation Trifecta," Ryan said. "Tucson was being utilized very much like the rest of the operation, as a distribution center."

    And the investigation continues, he said.

    The investigation had dealt a crippling blow to an organization that had succeeded in uniting other operations across Mexico and in Colombia, officials said Thursday.

    "Zambada-Garcia had allied himself with nearly every cartel and controlled and utilized almost every entry point into the United States," said Ed Childress, a DEA special agent in Washington, D.C. "He had gates that he liked to use I think more than others, but had connections to use basically the entire Southwest border."

    The investigation began shortly after the December 2001 seizure of about 20,500 pounds of cocaine from a fishing boat on the west coast of Mexico, the DEA said.

    The cartel also used tractor-trailers to bring drugs into the country, Childress said.

    Robert Gattison, special agent in charge of the Tucson Office of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he couldn't comment on Thursday's events but said that in general, similar busts have had an immediate impact on cartels.

    "There will be a lot of confusion, but eventually, what we've experienced is others will attempt to rise up and take the place of those who were arrested," he said. "So we'll focus on those people associated with groups like this and try to take them out from the top to the bottom."

    For residents of Nogales, Sonora, where drug tunnels, shootouts and other drug-related crimes often are in the news, word of a new major drug link brought little surprise.

    Jorge Rosas Obregon, manager at a downtown curio shop, said he thinks the arrests, coupled with what he says has been an increase in law enforcement downtown, will make people feel safer in a city where armed robberies, kidnappings and violent crime have become routine.

    "When you arrest criminals, you reduce crime, and you improve the sense of security," he said.

    Alejandro Moreno, a salesman at a Nogales pharmacy, wondered if the arrests would lead to more problems.

    "When you remove the leaders, the people in charge, that leaves the others without someone to direct them and they end up doing whatever they want," Moreno said. "In some ways, things could get worse."

    * Reporters Ignacio Ibarra and Michael Marizco contributed to this story.
    * Contact reporter L. Anne Newell at 629-9412 or at lnewell@azstarnet.com .

  2. #2
    Friday, August 1, 2003

    http://www.azstarnet.com/border/3080...LTAKEDOWN.html

    Targeted cartel is linked to Tucson


    "Operation Trifecta," the nationwide culmination of a 19-month investigation, brought the authorities to El Mezon del Cobre, a Tucson Mexican restaurant. They would not comment on what they sought but loaded what appeared to be files and a briefcase into this vehicle.



    Photos by Chris Richards / Staff

    Authorities said they seized 123 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 when they arrested Steven Silva, affiliated with El Mezon del Cobre.

    240 arrested, 10 in Arizona

    By L. Anne Newell
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR

    Officials dealt a stunning blow to an international drug cartel with strong ties to Tucson, announcing Thursday that they made 240 arrests and seized tons of drugs and millions of dollars in 19 months of investigation.

    In Arizona, "Operation Trifecta" resulted in the execution of four search warrants Thursday and the arrests of 10 people, said Special Agent Tony Ryan of the Tucson office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The federal agency, with the Department of Justice, led the multinational operation against the Zambada-Garcia cartel. Dozens of smaller law enforcement agencies assisted.

    Arizona authorities seized 2.2 pounds of cocaine as well as six cars, 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $30,000 in cash, Ryan said. Neither he nor federal officials would be more specific about the local searches except to say one was at El Mezon del Cobre, a restaurant at 2960 N. First Ave., near East Glenn Street.

    Another search was at a home near East Grant and North Swan roads.

    Officials also would not be more specific about those arrested except to confirm that a Tucson man arrested July 12 in New York is believed to have worked with the cartel.

    Authorities seized more than 123 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 cash when they arrested Steven Silva, who is affiliated with the Tucson restaurant.

    Other local arrests were on trafficking charges, they said.

    U.S. authorities served 50 search warrants and arrested 63 people Thursday after numerous other arrests in Arizona, New York, Ohio, California, Utah, Florida and Rhode Island throughout the week.

    All told, the national operation included more than 80 investigations that led to nearly 26,000 pounds of cocaine, 14,409 pounds of marijuana, nearly 108 pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of heroin and more than $8.3 million, officials said.

    Mexican authorities arrested four people Thursday as well.

    Yet the man who heads the syndicate, which is on a U.S. list of the most dangerous drug trafficking groups and is linked to the torture and murder of a DEA agent in 1985, continued to elude capture.

    Authorities have obtained an indictment for Ismael Zambada-Garcia, charging him and two of his top aides, Vicente Zambada-Niebla and Javier Torres-Felix, with conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine.

    They say that from August 2001 to June 2002, the group delivered more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine worth about $17 million to the New York/New Jersey area; nearly 3,900 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $30 million to the Chicago area and more than 50 pounds of cocaine with an estimated worth of nearly $400,000 to California.

    Ryan said Tucson was a distribution center and, according to Mexican officials, nearly 75 pounds of cocaine was seized here in February 2002 that bore the fingerprints of Manuel Medina Campas, who also has been indicted in the United States.

    According to The Associated Press, the owner of a Buffalo-area trucking company helped handle the transportation side of the ring. Peter Halas III, 63, worked with Silva to move the drugs, an indictment says.

    "Arizona is a major factor in Operation Trifecta," Ryan said. "Tucson was being utilized very much like the rest of the operation, as a distribution center."

    And the investigation continues, he said.

    The investigation had dealt a crippling blow to an organization that had succeeded in uniting other operations across Mexico and in Colombia, officials said Thursday.

    "Zambada-Garcia had allied himself with nearly every cartel and controlled and utilized almost every entry point into the United States," said Ed Childress, a DEA special agent in Washington, D.C. "He had gates that he liked to use I think more than others, but had connections to use basically the entire Southwest border."

    The investigation began shortly after the December 2001 seizure of about 20,500 pounds of cocaine from a fishing boat on the west coast of Mexico, the DEA said.

    The cartel also used tractor-trailers to bring drugs into the country, Childress said.

    Robert Gattison, special agent in charge of the Tucson Office of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he couldn't comment on Thursday's events but said that in general, similar busts have had an immediate impact on cartels.

    "There will be a lot of confusion, but eventually, what we've experienced is others will attempt to rise up and take the place of those who were arrested," he said. "So we'll focus on those people associated with groups like this and try to take them out from the top to the bottom."

    For residents of Nogales, Sonora, where drug tunnels, shootouts and other drug-related crimes often are in the news, word of a new major drug link brought little surprise.

    Jorge Rosas Obregon, manager at a downtown curio shop, said he thinks the arrests, coupled with what he says has been an increase in law enforcement downtown, will make people feel safer in a city where armed robberies, kidnappings and violent crime have become routine.

    "When you arrest criminals, you reduce crime, and you improve the sense of security," he said.

    Alejandro Moreno, a salesman at a Nogales pharmacy, wondered if the arrests would lead to more problems.

    "When you remove the leaders, the people in charge, that leaves the others without someone to direct them and they end up doing whatever they want," Moreno said. "In some ways, things could get worse."

    * Reporters Ignacio Ibarra and Michael Marizco contributed to this story.
    * Contact reporter L. Anne Newell at 629-9412 or at lnewell@azstarnet.com .

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