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Mexican gangsters trying to settle in Argentina and produce synthetic drugs.

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The argentinian justice issued prison sentences against 10 Mexicans accused of drug trafficking in Argentina. This new development has changed the map of that illegal activity in this South American nation.

Two years ago, Interpol found here a clandestine drug laboratory operated by Mexicans. The arrest of the mexican gang thwarted attempts of  the drug traffickers in that country to settle in Argentina.

On July 18, 2008, the Federal Police raided a house on the outskirts of Buenos Aires that discovered the largest methamphetamine lab ever found in Argentina.

In the operation the arrested Mexicans were: Ruben Rodriguez, Luis Aurelio Rocha, Miguel Angel Sierra, Jorge Alejandro Jeronimo, Rodrigo Lozano, Jesus Paulo Arroyo Vergara, Edgar Daniel Rocha Mendoza and Salvador Barrera Valdez.

All the alleged criminals were sentenced on October 8 with sentences ranging from four and a half up to six years in prison, while another accused  Jose Luis Alejandro Colon ended acquitted and returned to his country.

Eight of the 11 detainees were born in Guanajuato, so the press in Argentina spoke first of the nonexistent “Cartel de León ‘, and then related them to the’ Sinaloa Cartel ‘, although the Mexican government recognized that they might be members of the” Cartel de Juárez.

In the coming months, the argentinian justice will begin the trial against Jesus Martinez Espinosa,  born in the city of Guanajuato. Martinez is accused of being the leader of the band that produced synthetic drugs.

The case of Mexicans provoked a scandal, because their presence led to changes in the map of drug trafficking in Argentina.

Until the mexicans were imprisoned, the state officials and the general public believed that Argentina was just a transit country for drug trafficking, ie gangs of Bolivia and Paraguay that passed through Argentina just to send their illegal goods to Europe.

The Mexicans retreated as a group, but the path to the argentinian market has been opened by the mexican cartels. Other mexican cartels will return to operate in Argentina.

By the end of 2010, there are more mexicns imprisoned in Argentina, waiting for trials. Another eleven Mexican inmates have been charged for crimes against public health, cocaine smuggling, trafficking with ephedrine and attempted smuggling.