3,780 Arrests, $186 Million Seized, Thousands Of Pounds Drugs Confiscated
MIAMI, FL. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway”, a two-year series of investigations targeting Mexican drug cartels and violent street gangs as part of on-going initiative against the drug distribution network in America.
Investigations in 79 U. S. cities and several cities within Central America, Europe, Mexico, and South America have resulted in 3,780 arrests, the seizure of 6,100 kilograms of cocaine, 10,284 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,619 pounds of heroin, 349,304 pounds of marijuana, $148 million dollars in U.S. currency, and $38 million dollars in other assets seized.
The series of federal, state, and local investigations began in May 2010 and culminated yesterday.
In addition to the federal investigations, "Project Below the Beltway" also consisted of numerous state and local investigations that targeted the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels from Mexico and associated drug trafficking organizations around the world and in the U.S.
The DEA Special Operations Division (SOD) coordinated Project Below The Beltway and the efforts of the DEA, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Customs and Border Protection, United States Marshals Service, the Office of Foreign Asset Control, and numerous state and local law enforcement entities.