Essay: The story of how the head of Mexico’s Juárez cartel set up shop in Chile

Chile was ranked as the third-largest exporter of cocaine to Europe (after Colombia and Brazil) in 2019. At least three of Mexico's most powerful cartels, Sinaloa, Jalisco, and Michoacán, operate there.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Tuesday, August 10, the so-called "Operation Jalisco" culminated in the seizure of 2,450 kilos of marijuana at the port of San Antonio, most of which was the "Creepy" variety, which has a higher THC content.

The drugs were imported into Chile from Mexico since December 2020 and came from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Lázaro Cárdenas and Puerto Manzanillo in the states of Jalisco, Michoacán and Colima.

The operation was led by the Criminal Analysis and Investigative Focus Unit in Valparaíso, headed by Prosecutor Maximiliano Krause. Nine individuals of Chilean and . . .

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