Texas authorities recently led massive raids against the Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel, resulting in nearly 77,000 plants being seized.
The raids took place across 15 marijuana plantations.
The initial plan to take down the cartel was drafted around two years ago under the Operation Joint Venture – a joint effort between the Smith County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The marijuana farms spanned over nine counties in the eastern region of the stage.
Throughout the investigation, Eduardo Ramirez Pineda was identified as the leader of the Los Zetas marijuana business, while Benito Ramirez was the leader’s right hand man.
Three suspects were arrested this past week, which led to the detention of other individuals who were violating immigration laws.
According to the DEA, nearly $101.6 million worth of marijuana was seized. The total yield included 169,400 pounds of marijuana.
Our diligent law enforcement agencies deserve credit for putting their lives on the line to keep our country safe and to send criminals like this back to the countries they came from.