drug trafficking

border to border
11:07 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Drugs, Guns, and Money: Anatomy of a West Coast Trafficking Ring

A trial exhibit that shows the geographic scope of the Berrelleza-Verduzco trafficking ring.
Court Exhibit: U.S. v. Anchondo

Editor’s Note: Mexican drug cartels operate an illicit export business that depends on freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada. If you drive these freeways, chances are you’ve passed a car or truck secretly holding a cargo of heroin, meth, or cocaine.

This week we’ll take you inside the world of drug-trafficking, an illegal business that touches every city, every small town in every state in the west. In the first part of our series Border to Border Drugs, correspondent Austin Jenkins introduces us to a smuggling ring that operated from Arizona to Washington state.

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On Jan. 21, 2012 at 8:37 in the evening, federal agents intercepted a phone call. It was between a man named Victor Berrelleza-Verduzco and one of his associates, Jose.

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