Texas authorities have just identified the owners of 15 large scale marijuana plantations that were discovered back in 2016. Mexico’s vicious Los Zetas drug cartel has been linked to the large scale operation valued at more than $101 million dollars.
The Smith County Sheriff’s Office in Tyler, Texas announced that cartel members Eduardo Ramirez Pineda and Benito Ramirez, both Mexican citizens, and 11 other narco traffickers were involved in the pot growing business. Three people were arrested last week and 10 more narcos are being sought by authorities. Pineda has been identified as the CEO of the state-side business operation.
Authorities initially uncovered three marijuana growing operations in July, 2015 and seized 22,000 plants. That initial seizure lead to the discovery of additional marijuana plantations across multiple east Texas counties rendering nearly 77,000 illegal plants.
Los Zetas was founded in the early 1990s by former members of the Mexican military and special forces – beheading and limb amputations are their business trademarks.
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