According to Homeland Security, $19-29 billion in illegal drug profits makes its way from the United States to Mexico. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his Sinaloa Cartel are responsible for a lot of it. Though El Chapo is behind bars, his cartel is still getting busy. According to reports, the Sinaloa Cartel is suspected of using new Ford Fusions from the Ford factory in Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico (one of the cartel’s territories) to ship pounds upon pounds of weed into the States. It is estimated that between February and March of this year, 1,100 pounds worth $1.4 million was shipped, hidden in the trunks of at least 22 Ford Fusions and one Lincoln MKZ.
According to AlphaNews:
On Feb. 10, 2017, the St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) responded to a report of narcotics found in two Ford Fusions at Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) railroad’s Dayton’s Bluff vehicle holding lot in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to the SPPD police report, a BNSF contractor found the drugs while inspecting the cars prior to loading them onto a trailer for transportation to local dealerships.
Eighty pounds of marijuana was discovered hidden in the spare tire wells in the trunks of the two cars. An investigation by the SPPD revealed the Ford Fusions were part of a group of 15 all on the same rail-car, but thirteen of the cars had already been shipped to Ford dealerships, including one sent to Rochester where it was purchased by an 86 year old man.
The other twelve Ford Fusions had been sent to dealerships in Superior, Wisconsin, Apple Valley, Annandale, Shakopee and Minnetonka, Minnesota. Three of the Fusions were also sent to an Enterprise rental car center and were already at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport rental car facility. Police were able to recover all the drugs from the 15 cars: each carrying 40-60 pounds of marijuana in their spare tire wells.
In March of 2017, the Dilworth, Minnesota police had a similar experience when seven Ford Fusions were discovered also carrying caches of marijuana in the spare tire wells. The drugs were discovered by BNSF employees during routine inspections of new cars coming off the trains from Mexico. Dilworth police removed fourteen packages carrying approximately 217 pounds of marijuana, which has a street value of $272,000.
The report goes on to say that a Ford dealership in Minnesota was raided by the police in February. According to an anonymous employee, the authorities “subsequently found 2 vehicles, 1 Ford Fusion, and 1 Lincoln MKZ, both imported from Mexico, that had approximately 70 pounds of marijuana wrapped in several layers in the form of a round ‘brick’ that fit in the spare tire wheel well.”
For the full report, visit AlphaNews here.