Friday, October 23, 2020

Mexican cartels top buyer of Colombian cocaine

Mexico's Sinaloa, Jalisco Nueva Generacion, Zetas and Beltran Leyva drug cartels are the top buyers and traffickers of cocaine produced in Colombia. The Sinaloa Cartel is said to be the most active. The Zetas have connections to the Los Pelusos crime gang, which controls trafficking along Colombia's border with Venezuela, while Jalisco Nueva Generacion buys from a group in Buenaventura on the Pacific. The Beltran Leyva cartel works with a gang in the southwestern province of Putumayo. Colombia had some 154,000 hectares (380,000 acres) of coca last year.
The Colombian Navy recently seized 2,829 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in four operations in a single day. Operations were carried out on August 5, 2020.