Sinaloan drug traffickers charged in NY, based on seizure of almost three tons of cocaine off coast of QR

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Mexican drug traffickers charged with drug trafficking crime based on seizure of almost three tons of cocaine, all 3 suspects from Sinaloa

The Defendants Were Transporting the Massive Cocaine Shipment in a Go-Fast Vessel off the Coast of Mexico’s Quintana Roo State

NEW YORK CITY – Raymond P.
Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration, Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, Keith M. Corlett, Superintendent of the New York
State Police, Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office
of Homeland Security Investigations, and Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New
York City Police Department, announced that Raymundo Montoya-Lopez, Abraham
Alfonso Garcia-Montoya, and Felizardo Diaz-Hernandez were charged in a criminal
complaint in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to import almost three
tons of cocaine into the United States. 
The charge arises from a September 1, 2020, seizure by Mexico’s
Secretaría de Marina (the “Mexican Navy”) of approximately 2,960 kilograms of
cocaine off the coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

DEA Special Agent in Charge
Raymond P. Donovan said:  “Law
enforcement thwarted cartel plans to saturate the American drug market with
cocaine by intercepting over three tons of cocaine heading towards American
towns.  This international enforcement
operation has saved lives and reemphasized law enforcement’s commitment to
keeping America safe from drug trafficking, drug abuse, and violent crime.”

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney
Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged, these
defendants are responsible for the attempted importation of more than three
tons of cocaine into the United States. 
Thanks to the work of the DEA and the Mexican Navy, the shipment was
interdicted and the defendants are in custody and facing federal prosecution.”

HSI New York Special Agent in
Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said:  “Cartels
continue to operate with no regard for laws or human life, trafficking tons of
deadly narcotics across the border and using bribery and intimidation to
further their reach with government officials. 
With HSI’s continued partnership with DEA’s Strike Force, three more
alleged drug trafficking defendants will now face justice and three tons of
cocaine will not reach our communities.”

State Police Superintendent Keith
M. Corlett said:  “The combined efforts
of federal, state and local law enforcement, along with authorities in Mexico,
have put this operation out of business and disrupted the transport of
thousands of kilos of cocaine to our streets. 
This case continues our commitment and partnership to identify, arrest
and prosecute anyone who tries to sell these dangerous drugs in our

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea
said:  “This case is another illustration
of our joint, ongoing responsibilities in eradicating international drug
trafficking. Our NYPD officers, working with our law enforcement partners and
federal prosecutors, follow the facts anywhere in the world to achieve justice,
in this case interdicting nearly three tons of cocaine off the coast of

U.S. DEA Merida office and Mexican Marina seized the drug