8 members of the Mexican Jalisco New Generation Cartel were arrested in Dallas overnight accused of smuggling meth and other drugs from a so-called “super-lab”.
The sales were made from a used car dealership.
The laboratories installed in homes both in Dallas and DeSoto were used to recrystallize the meth.
The arrested were: Marco Antonio Gonzalez, 31; Ricardo Mendez-Negrete, 42; Jose Trinidad Medina Tapia, 31; Miguel Carrillo-Ayala, 38; Alma Zoraida Borrayo-Villasenor, 32; Javier Guizar-Hernandez, 28; Hector Garcia-Gomez, 36; and Ivan Gonzalez, 22.
The leader of the gang, Mr. Marco Antonio Gonzalez, or ‘Speedy’ as his colleagues called him, admitted that their laboratory was able to produce up to 160 kilograms at a time.
Mr. Gonzalez then used the money made with the illegal drug sales to buy vehicles for the car dealership. 30 vehicles from Hampton Motors were therefore seized by federal authorities.
The men were part of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which is a group that was formed after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel broke up around 2010.
Ever since then, the group has mostly been known for engaging in mass executions of other cartel’s members as well as directly attacking the Mexican police and military. For example, back in April 2015, members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel ambushed a group of Mexican police officers on their way to Guadalajara and killed 15 of them.
In the two aforementioned Dallas homes, police officers found about two pounds of heroin, a cash sum of $5,000 as well as “large quantities” of meth and “multiple gallons” of liquid meth. The estimated value of the drugs was 750 kilograms of meth valued at $5 million to $7 million.
US Attorney John Parker: "Drug trafficking networks like this one are responsible for fueling North Texas' largest drug threats, including methamphetamine and heroin. Working with our local and federal law enforcement partners to dismantle them and bring them to justice, as we did here, is a top priority for this office."