Mexico City, Mexico — Last year, police in the northwest region of Mexico seized more than 11 tons of marijuana and more than a million fentanyl pills. The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported the seizure of the drugs through the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) in its Northwest Region.
The agency reported that aside from 11 tons of marijuana and one million fentanyl pills, they also seized 11 tons of methamphetamine among others substances. They said the drugs were seized during operations from criminal groups that operate in that region.
Elements of the Federal Ministerial Police (PFM), Expert Services and the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) say during 580 searches and 620 red-handed operations, they also seized around 300 kilos of cocaine, 250 kilos of fentanyl, 149 of heroin and three more of crystal.
From those operations last year, the agency said more than 700 people were arrested and that over 400 vehicles and 370 properties were also seized along with over $500,000 USD and 3.5 million peso in cash.
During 2021 in that region, more than 100 long weapons, 150 short weapons and about 46,000 cartridges and 700 magazines were also removed from the streets.
The seizures and operations were carried out in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa and Sonora, which make up the Northwest Region of the FGR.
The FGR reported that in those areas, the Sinaloa, Juárez, Pacific, Beltrán Leyva and Jalisco New Generation cartels mostly operated.