Skip to comments.Mexico arrests 'King of Heroin,' with ties to US
Posted on 03/25/2010 4:44:57 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
MEXICO CITY Federal police have arrested Mexico's so-called "King of Heroin," a powerful drug trafficker allegedly responsible for running hundreds of pounds of heroin into Southern California each year, authorities said Thursday.
Jose Antonio Medina, nicknamed "Don Pepe," was arrested in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday and is being held for prosecution, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the anti-narcotics division of Mexico's federal police.
Medina, 36, ran a complex smuggling operation that hauled 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of heroin each month across the Mexican border in Tijuana for La Familia drug cartel, Pequeno said.
The White House National Drug Threat Assessment says that while heroin use is stable or decreasing in the U.S., the source of the drug has shifted in recent years from Colombia where production and purity are declining to Mexico, where powerful drug cartels are gaining a foothold in the lucrative market.
Border Patrol agents seized 4.8 million pounds of narcotics at border crossings last year, and heroin seizures saw the most significant increase during that time, with a 316 percent jump over 2008.
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The White House National Drug Threat Assessment says that while heroin use is stable or decreasing in the U.S., the source of the drug has shifted in recent years from Colombia where production and purity are declining According to Obama’s personal review of drugs purity...
Take him to a Mexican judge, give him his allotted 15 minute trial, then take him to the nearest wall and firing squad.