Mexico: Cartels move into lucrative poaching business for Asia market

Posted on August 21, 2014 • Filed under: Agriculture, China, Crime, Mexico, Organized Crime reported first it was moving marijuana and cocaine across the border. Then, it was human smuggling. Now, it appears Mexico’s drug cartels are getting involved in the lucrative – and slightly peculiar – business of trafficking the bladders of exotic fish to Asia.

News of this fishy business began surfacing in June following the murder of Samuel Gallardo Castro, alias “El Samy,” – the leader of a Mexican organized crime group in the Sonoran town of El Golfo de Santa Clara. A man confessed to local authorities that he killed the drug boss because Gallardo owed him $1 million for a shipment of bladders from the totoaba fish. Read Article

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