Mexican Drug Money Photos
Series of photographs circulating via email and online show millions of dollars in cash seized during a drug raid in Mexico (Full commentary below
(Submitted, June 2007)
Subject: Drug money......
207 Million seized in Mexico............Wonder what they did with all of it!
RAID ON DRUG DEALERS HOUSE
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?
How many BMW's could we buy?
The text that accompanies this series of photographs claims that the images depict $207 million found during a police raid at a drug-dealers residence in Mexico. Although the vast amount of cash shown in the images may seem almost unbelievable, the photographs are genuine.
According to a March 2007 press release
on the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website, the horde of cash was indeed seized in Mexico:
MAR 20 -- $207 million is the largest single drug cash seizure the world has ever seen. This is like law enforcement hitting the ultimate jackpot. But luck had nothing to do with this windfall. This record-setting feat was the result of tremendous police work by Mexican law enforcement in collaboration with DEA throughout the past year.
This money was seized from chemical brokers that were supplying chemicals to Mexican cartels to manufacture huge quantities of methamphetamineómost destined for the United States. The citizens of Mexico and America should be encouraged because seizing this criminal organizationís revenue not only operationally and financially disrupts that organization but also cuts off the supply of a vital ingredient needed to make methamphetamine.
Read complete DEA press release
According to an International Herald Tribune article
, 205.6 million of the stash was in U.S. dollars with the remainder in euros and pesos. The raid centred on a residence in Lomas de Chapultepec, a wealthy neighbourhood in Mexico City. As well as the cash, law enforcement agents also seized guns, luxury vehicles and drug making equipment.
Two Hundred and Seven Million in Drug Money Seized in Mexico City
Mexico: World's largest drug cash seizure is larger than originally announced
Last updated: 19th June 2007
First published: 19th June 2007
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen
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