Suspected Mexican cartel member indicted for trafficking enough fentanyl to kill 10 million people

By Christine Duhaime | March 27th, 2018

Authorities in New York indicted a man alleged to be part of the Sinaloa Mexican cartel in connection with trafficking fentanyl in quantities that would kill 10 million people. Francisco Quiroz-Zamora, aka the “fat one” was charged under the Kingpin Act, which is significant because it carries a term of imprisonment of life on conviction. The Sinaloa cartel is the cartel which el Chapo belongs to. Zamora was from San José del Cabo, Mexico. The Sinaloa and CJNG are fighting for control of the port city of Manzanillo, the city which is where fentanyl is shipped to from China. Manzanillo is on the list of cities that the US government recommends not visiting because of the cartel violence.

Under cover agents worked on the case and they say that Zamora left bags of fentanyl at public venues, including hotels. Fentanyl equal to two grains of salt in size is enough to be fatal. It is highly potent and much cheaper to the wholesaler, at 1/10 of the cost so the cartel is now sending fentanyl to the US for less investment costs and lower transportation costs.

A luxurious penthouse on Central Park West was used to package fentanyl, before the drugs were trafficked on the streets of New York, which also would have been dangerous for the apartment owners in the building.

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