Sinaloan drug traffickers charged in NY, based on seizure of almost three tons of cocaine off coast of QR

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  DEA Presser Complaint from Chivis Scribd Page

Mexican drug traffickers charged with drug trafficking crime based on seizure of almost three tons of cocaine, all 3 suspects from Sinaloa

The Defendants Were Transporting the Massive Cocaine Shipment in a Go-Fast Vessel off the Coast of Mexico’s Quintana Roo State

NEW YORK CITY – Raymond P.
Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration, Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, Keith M. Corlett, Superintendent of the New York
State Police, Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office
of Homeland Security Investigations, and Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New
York City Police Department, announced that Raymundo Montoya-Lopez, Abraham
Alfonso Garcia-Montoya, and Felizardo Diaz-Hernandez were charged in a criminal
complaint in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to import almost three
tons of cocaine into the United States. 
The charge arises from a September 1, 2020, seizure by Mexico’s
Secretaría de Marina (the “Mexican Navy”) of approximately 2,960 kilograms of
cocaine off the coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
DEA Special Agent in Charge
Raymond P. Donovan said:  “Law
enforcement thwarted cartel plans to saturate the American drug market with
cocaine by intercepting over three tons of cocaine heading towards American
towns.  This international enforcement
operation has saved lives and reemphasized law enforcement’s commitment to
keeping America safe from drug trafficking, drug abuse, and violent crime.”
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney
Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged, these
defendants are responsible for the attempted importation of more than three
tons of cocaine into the United States. 
Thanks to the work of the DEA and the Mexican Navy, the shipment was
interdicted and the defendants are in custody and facing federal prosecution.”
HSI New York Special Agent in
Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said:  “Cartels
continue to operate with no regard for laws or human life, trafficking tons of
deadly narcotics across the border and using bribery and intimidation to
further their reach with government officials. 
With HSI’s continued partnership with DEA’s Strike Force, three more
alleged drug trafficking defendants will now face justice and three tons of
cocaine will not reach our communities.”
State Police Superintendent Keith
M. Corlett said:  “The combined efforts
of federal, state and local law enforcement, along with authorities in Mexico,
have put this operation out of business and disrupted the transport of
thousands of kilos of cocaine to our streets. 
This case continues our commitment and partnership to identify, arrest
and prosecute anyone who tries to sell these dangerous drugs in our
communities.”
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea
said:  “This case is another illustration
of our joint, ongoing responsibilities in eradicating international drug
trafficking. Our NYPD officers, working with our law enforcement partners and
federal prosecutors, follow the facts anywhere in the world to achieve justice,
in this case interdicting nearly three tons of cocaine off the coast of
Mexico.”
 

U.S. DEA Merida office and Mexican Marina seized the drug 

As alleged in the Complaint
unsealed in federal court[1]:
On or about Sept. 1, 2020,
aircraft from the Mexican Navy located and began tracking a boat traveling
northwest through the Caribbean Sea toward the Mexican city of Chetumal and the
village of Mahahual.  Shortly thereafter,
the Mexican Navy intercepted the boat approximately 85 nautical miles off the
coast of Quintana Roo, and boarded and searched it.  During the search, the Mexican Navy found and
arrested Montoya-Lopez, Garcia-Montoya, and Diaz-Hernandez.  The Mexican Navy also found and seized
approximately 2,960 kilograms of cocaine.
Montoya-Lopez, 45,
Garcia-Montoya, 31, and Diaz-Hernandez, 39, all of Sinaloa, Mexico, are charged
with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, which carries a
mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life
in prison.
Ms. Strauss praised the
outstanding investigative work of the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement
Strike Force, the DEA’s Mérida Resident Office, and Mexico’s Secretaría de
Marina.  The Strike Force is housed at
the DEA’s New York Division and includes agents and officers of the DEA; the
New York City Police Department; the New York State Police; Immigration and
Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations; the U. S. Internal Revenue
Service Criminal Investigation Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Secret
Service; the U.S. Marshals Service; New York National Guard; the Clarkstown
Police Department; U.S. Coast Guard; Port Washington Police Department; and New
York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. New York Strike
Force, a crime-fighting unit comprising federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task
Force and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
The case is being handled by the
Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael K.
Krouse, Stephanie Lake, Daniel G. Nessim, Benjamin Woodside Schrier, and Kyle
A. Wirshba are in charge of the prosecution.

Complaint below: