The LA IMPACT, a Department of Justice task force, has been getting busy as of late. Last week, the team made news when it busted five men with links to the Sinaloa Cartel in an Ontario, CA parking lot as they tried to sell 53 pounds of meth. Today, the task force has made headlines again, after seizing 182 pounds of cocaine off of an empty bus and arresting three men.
The 83 kilos of cocaine were encased in foil in a 15-foot long hidden compartment above the left rear tire, blocked by the bus’ radiator, [task force deputy director Carlos] Mendoza said. The drugs went undetected during a sweep by border officers, he said.
Authorities believe the drug shipment is connected to Mexican cartels because of its size and the relative sophistication involved in hiding it, Mendoza said. It had an estimated wholesale value of $2.1 million and street value of $10 million, the DOJ said.
When the cops searched the auto body shop, three men–Victor Fainz Miranda, Jaime Jimenez and Humberto Vazquez–were arrested.