DEA Nails It: Oregon Liquid Heroin Bust Enough To Wipe Out 16% Of America's Population

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 05 February 2024 11:10 PM
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In a significant victory against drug trafficking, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently apprehended four individuals suspected of affiliation with Mexican cartels in Oregon.

The suspects were found in possession of several barrels of liquid heroin, concealed within a moving truck.

The Seattle Times reported that the quantity of heroin seized was approximately 370 gallons, a lethal dose for an estimated 53 million individuals, or nearly 16 percent of the current U.S. population.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, in a press release, detailed the operation: "As part of an ongoing, multi-agency drug trafficking investigation, law enforcement obtained information that several individuals working for a transnational criminal organization were transporting a large load of illegal narcotics into the District of Oregon. Late in the evening of January 24 and in the early morning hours of January 25, 2024, investigators observed a rented moving truck driven by Amador and an accompanying red pickup truck traveling west on Interstate 84 near Bonneville, Oregon."

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The press release further elaborated on the suspects' movements, stating, "Investigators observed the vehicles travel together to a motel in Tigard, Oregon, making one brief stop in a commercial parking lot in Beaverton, Oregon."

The total seizure was reported to be 1.4 metric tons, roughly equivalent to the size of a small vehicle. "Later on January 25, investigators executed federal search warrants on the defendants’ motel room and two vehicles. They located and seized eight 55-gallon barrels containing approximately 370 gallons of a liquid narcotic inside the moving truck and two loaded handguns inside the motel room. All four defendants were arrested without incident," the release added.

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The suspects, identified as Marco Antonio Magallon, 44; Luis Deleon Woodward, 26; Jorge Luis Amador, 25; and Santos Alisael Aguilar Maya, 32, reportedly resided in Yakima, Washington.

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Images released from the operation depicted a German Shepherd named Mango standing guard in front of the vehicle, with the four sizable barrels visible in the background. The suspects also surrendered firearms during the arrest.

The United States has long grappled with the issue of Mexican drug cartels exploiting the American demand for narcotics. This problem is seemingly exacerbated by the daily influx of individuals illegally crossing the southern border.

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These cartels, notorious for their brutal tactics, are not only a significant contributor to America's fentanyl crisis, which claims tens of thousands of lives annually, but also pose a threat to national security due to their operations on U.S. soil.

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In response to this escalating crisis, an increasing number of Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, are advocating for military action against these cartels. Trump has previously stated his intention to deploy "all necessary military assets" to dismantle them.

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"When I am back in the White House, I will take action on day one to end this horrific plague and save American lives," Trump was quoted as saying last year. He further criticized current President Joe Biden, stating, "Joe Biden will never solve the drug overdose crisis because he is actively destroying our border."

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