A drug cell led by an ally of El Chapo who trafficked cocaine by air between Colombia and Mexico has been busted by cops with 36 arrests.
A two-year probe by Colombian and US police saw how a drug lord, known as Jaison, recruited pilots to fly drugs from the South American country to the United States.
Jaison would find the pilots in Mexico to do the drugs-run down to Colombia and then over to the US.
Colombian police confirmed the arrest of 36 alleged drug traffickers providing cocaine for El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel.
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Investigators said the international gang was led by Jaison, a Colombian with close links to El Chapo.
Fabio Lopez, director of DIJIN (Criminal and Interpol Investigation office) said the traffickers “transported drugs in small planes to Central America, and to Mexico".
"Their final destination was the United States.
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“They sent between 309 and 599 kgs of drugs, valued at around 5 million USD (£3.9 million)”.
A police statement said the gang had the logistic support of air controllers.
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One of the suspects is a female air controller at Barranquilla airport in northern Colombia.
She was in charge of preventing alerts being sent to the authorities and making it easier to enter and leave the country.
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Jaison was reportedly working with El Chapo’s son Ovidio Guzman since the notorious boss of the Sinaloa Cartel was arrested and sent to the US.
Ovidio Guzman is one of 10 children of El Chapo who is serving a life sentence plus 30 years at a high security US prison.
El Chapo, 62, ran the Sinaloa Cartel that remains one of Mexico’s most brutal criminal gangs.
Ovidio Guzman, who was recently arrested and then released by Mexican authorities due to a wave of violence which hit the city of Culiacan after his detention.
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