Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Narco Feds" operating out of Mexico City airport sent huge amount of drugs to U.S., Europe, aided by Mexican customs agents

Mexican federal police and customs agents implicated in Federal District trafficking ring

Corrupt federal law enforcement agents in this country were part of an elaborate drug smuggling network which imported "huge quantities" of narcotics from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala and shipped them on to the United States and Europe, news sources here say.

The agents worked with corrupt Aduana officials at Mexico City's International Airport (AICM). The Aduana is Mexico's customs enforcement department, similar to a U.S. agency known as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

The smuggling ring did business on a "grand scale," according to sources which reviewed preliminary reports by the Secretary of SSP, a federal agency which supervises Mexico's Federal Police.

The conspiracy was revealed by Mexico's Milenio network and other news agencies late Tuesday (June 26), about 36 hours after three federal police officers were shot to death in Terminal 2 while attempting to arrest two fellow agents who are thought to be involved in the smuggling operation (Three dead in Mexico City International Airport shooting). The yet unidentified shooters have not been captured, although law enforcement officials claim to know who they are. One of them may have been wounded in the brief gun battle.

The drug ring has been under investigation for about 18 months, and the murdered federal officers had participated in an undercover capacity. They worked with the intelligence division of the Federal Police. Monday morning they went to the airport to arrest the two suspected agents, who were on duty at the time. The uniformed victims met in the food concession area of the terminal about 8:30 a.m. to go over final plans for the operation. Minutes later they were dead.

As they approached the suspects who were also in uniform, the latter pulled out handguns and executed the three in front of hundreds of terrified travelers. A witness reported one of the shooters fired at point blank range five or six times at an officer on the airport floor.

The smuggling operation mostly handled cocaine, and the Europe-bound shipments went primarily to Spain. The drugs were transported in aircraft cargo holds, not via individuals carrying small quantities, commonly known as mules (Cartel use of child drug mules on the rise).

The international transfer of narcotics in bulk by common carriers would have required the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies in different countries, according to drug trafficking and security experts (Cancún International Airport serves as major gateway for Europe-bound cocaine).

In an interview yesterday, Mexico's Attorney General, Marisela Morales, declined to say whether other officers are under investigation, or whether the country's Federal Police agency has been infiltrated by drug cartels and organized crime. The latter is an historic problem with local police forces throughout the country (Federal troops take over police functions in Veracruz, as 1,000 local cops are dismissed). "All investigative lines remain open," she told reporters at a press conference, leaving open the possibility that the trail could lead to "other agencies."

Yesterday Mexico's lower legislative body, the Cámara de Diputados, called upon the nation's Federal Police to diligently investigate the case and publish a full report of their findings. Cámara leaders also expressed concern that travelers could be killed or injured in such violent episodes, unprecedented at the country's largest international airport and primary gateway for foreign visitors.

July 24 - Europe-bound drugs pass through Cancún, Mexico City airports
July 10 - Amplia estructura criminal en el aeropuerto
July 9 - Investigan a federales
July 1 - Policía Federal, la más denunciada
June 29 - Aeropuertos, en manos del crimen organizado


  1. I would love to hear from some drug users on how they feel about their habit deteriorating the safety and beauty of the world, just so they can "escape" from it with short bursts of "high"... how selfish.

  2. I agree. Which is why I wrote this:

  3. Great article, Edward. I realize its easy to over simplify this issue, but, I still can't lose that niggling feeling that if people were not so addicted to escaping reality, Mexico's reality would certainly be different. The dealers start selling that "escape" to school aged children early, in order to extract (extort) a life time of money from them... sad what greed can do to fellow human beings.
    GP, Canada

  4. I have to reiterate once again, that this global trafficking network is not solely Mexico's monopoly. It would had never worked if USA, Canada, Europe, or now even Asian governments, did not agree to allow these 'precious' commodities to enter their borders. The laws that 'crack down' the trade are only means to JACK UP THE STREET PRICE. You think US government did not profit big during the Prohibition era? You think Al Capone and Pepe Escobar were the ONLY ones to blame? Yes I agree with the above writer, that if it were not for the demand there would had not been such tragedy, but people need to stop blaming only Mexico alone. People need to further investigate CIA, Bush family, Clinton's Mena Arkansas 'charity' white powder, on and on and on. Also stop believing in Hollywood's films such as 'American Gangster', 'Blow' etc etc, creating myth that some kingpins and rogue governments are the only ones to blame, while whitewashing the REAL controllers - such as USA who MANUFACTURE GUNS FOR THE CARTELS and offer LITTLE BORDER PROTECTION to protect their own citizens plus compromising sovereignty.