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Mexican Cartel Criminal Defense: 13 tons of cocaine linked to Sinaloa cartel found inside barrels of hot sauce

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

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A Mexican cartel allegedly tried to smuggle 13 tons of cocaine by hiding it in barrels of hot sauce.

According to the website Blog del Narco, the Mexican navy found the barrels full of zesty condiment and cocaine in Manzanillo, Colimo, about 500 miles west of Mexico City. The drugs are believed to belong to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Blog del Narco reports the drugs were found inside a container from Ecuador and were bound for the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

The Mexican government was tipped off to the cocaine-laced “hot sauce” through intelligence work among different government branches.

When the barrels were recovered by authorities isn’t clear. Blog del Narco’s report on the 13 tons of cocaine taken by authorities was published Wednesday.

The blog also reports that on Tuesday, the Mexican navy found 33 packages of cocaine floating in the water, off the coast of Chiapas, near Guatemala.

Blog del Narco reports the cocaine recovered in Chiapas weighed almost 2,000 pounds and could fetch up to $810 million, according to the Mexican government.

The Sinaloa Cartel is an infamous syndicate that operates in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is probably the most well known member of the cartel for his numerous escapes from jail.

Story provided by: Houston Chronicle

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