Two Underground Criminal Organizations Unite To Make A Quick Buck 6/27/13
June 27, 2013
Midland - After a 15 month long investigation by the DEA and the Midland Police Department 43 individuals are in custody on various charges. CBS 7 spoke with DEA officials who tell us these arrest are rare, especially in the Permian basin.
DEA resident agent in charge Dante Sorianello tell us that although itís surprising to see this in the Permian Basin, they were expecting it with the influx of people. ďOver the last year and a half we have seen an increase in methamphetamine use and distribution, all law enforcement has, and itís concerning,Ē said Sorianello.
The investigation has been ongoing since 2012 as the DEA and MPD targeted members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas who ended up having ties with the Mexican Mafia.
ďI just think it shows a level of sophistication between these underground criminal organizations on how they will put together their business of narcotics trafficking to make a buck. Any way they can make money theyíre going to figure out a way to do it,Ē said Sorianello.
And thatís just what they did, they were smart, they were sneaky and they transported the drugs in small quantities as a way to not be spotted by authorities. In all 4.6 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine 104 grams of cocaine and 244.8 grams of marijuana was seized.
ďOn one hand itís not the largest amount youíre going to see, but itís large for the Permian Basin, we just donít come across a significant amount of methamphetamine like that,Ē said Sorianello.
Along with all the drugs seized multiple firearms were also on the list. Now after 15 months of hard investigation the DEA says the investigation is finally complete.