User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Drug Cartel Teams With Mexican Mennonites
Posted by Randy on 2014/4/30 7:40:00 (599 reads) News by the same author

Denver, Co. (AP) - A group of Mexican Mennonites are accused by federal authorities of working with the Juárez drug cartel to move tons of pot to Colorado Springs and North Carolina.
Click to see original Image in a new window

"They would grow, process, package the marijuana, and manufacture the sealed compartments" they installed in large pieces of farm machinery, then truck it across the border, said Kevin Merrill, Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted seven people, all but one members of the Mexican Mennonite community in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, a town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua., for involvement in the operation.

Some drivers who transported the drug were from the Mennonite community, others were members of the notoriously brutal cartel, Merrill said.

The suspects paid a "tariff to the cartel to get across the border," Merrill said. "You can try to be independent, but if the cartel finds out, you are going to pay more than a tariff."

The DEA seized at least 11,000 pounds of marijuana, and 30 kilos of cocaine, Merrill said. The cocaine was bound for a Mennonite drug operation in Calgary, Canada, he added.

So far, only Abraham Friesen-Remple is in custody, said Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. "The rest are fugitives," he said.

According to testimony at a detention hearing for Friesen-Remple, the ring first put the marijuana in the gas tanks of cars and later concealed it inside large pieces of farm equipment.

Originally, vehicles crossed the border and drove to Colorado Springs, where the marijuana was off-loaded at an auto-body repair shop, Merrill said. It was "a small mom and pop shop. It didn't even have a name."

Drivers then took the weed to various places across the country.

When the person who ran the body shop was arrested, the organization moved their U.S. trafficking hub from Colorado to North Carolina, where trucks carrying farm equipment continued to distribute the marijuana across the country.

Mennonites are members of a church formed in the 16th century. "Mennonites are known for their emphasis on issues such as peace, justice, simplicity, community, service, and mutual aid," according to the website of the Mennonite Church.

"They are industrious, hard-working people for the most part," Merrill said. "They do a lot of farming and unfortunately for this group their farming is marijuana.

"We believe this organization was operating for the last couple of years, working with the cartel to get their product across the border."

Also indicted are: Eduardo Tellez-Ponce, Ulises Castillo-Meraz, Enrique Harms-Groening, David Loewen, Juan Reimer and Pedro Dyke-Friesen.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/11/26 10:12:40 - Amaren Files Application To Raise Charge On Bills
2014/11/26 10:08:15 - NCMC Board Of Trustees Meeting Report
2014/11/26 9:53:35 - Gallatin Residents To See Increase In Water Bills
2014/11/26 9:50:52 - No Green Card For Lauren Gray: Dancer Leaves For London Saturday
2014/11/26 9:45:04 - Trenton Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison
2014/11/26 9:42:24 - Missouri Taxpayers Sue Nixon For Common Core Tests
2014/11/26 6:49:29 - Trenton City Council Meeting Report
2014/11/26 4:18:15 - Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors
2014/11/26 4:12:02 - The Forgotten First President (Hint: It wasn't George Washington)
2014/11/26 4:05:51 - Neighbors React To Permit For Controversial Hog Farm
2014/11/26 3:59:19 - Police: Teens Steal From Cancer Patient
2014/11/26 3:55:10 - Salvation Army Revisiting Policy After Family Turned Away Due To Age Of Son
2014/11/25 7:36:07 - University City, Mo. Officer Shot In Chest, Woman Dies
2014/11/25 6:24:44 - Cameron Man Injured In Single Vehicle Accident: Accused Of DUI
2014/11/25 6:22:00 - Lighting Contest To Be Held In Mercer County
2014/11/25 6:20:00 - NCMC Softball Signs Platte County Recruit
2014/11/25 4:35:59 - Man Fighting For His Life After Being Run Over At McDonald's Drive-Thru
2014/11/25 4:23:44 - 17-Year Old Suspect Charged With Murdering His Grandmother Pleads Insanity
2014/11/25 4:20:11 - Missouri Lottery Will Advertise In Fortune Cookies
2014/11/25 4:17:38 - 17-Year Old Arrested: Robbed Shop With Airsoft Gun
2014/11/25 4:09:06 - Family Upset Officers Used Deadly Force Against Suicidal Teen
2014/11/25 4:00:00 - Police: Video Of Officer Shooting 12-Year Old Boy Is 'Clear'
2014/11/25 3:59:18 - With No Indictment, Chaos Fills Ferguson Streets
2014/11/24 17:20:58 - Princeton Boys Seeded #2 For Albany Tournament
2014/11/24 16:50:00 - Milan To Open 2014-2015 Basketball Season At Novinger Tournament
2014/11/24 12:00:25 - Trenton Boys Sweep Cameron Jamboree, Prepare For East Buchanan
2014/11/24 11:32:36 - KC Chiefs Add Receiving Depth, Signing Jason Avant
2014/11/24 11:21:24 - Gallatin Girls, Trenton Boys Earn #1 Seeds At Gallatin Tourney
2014/11/24 10:52:24 - Michaelis Notches Career High 17, Mizzou Falls To #14 California
2014/11/24 10:41:08 - Trenton Girls Open Season With Home Jamboree



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM