Mexican media is reporting a major drug bust involving a big Mexican drug lord with the involvement of Belizeans. The Mexican Navy raided the house of the Mexican drug lord of The Pelones in Chetumal, Carlos Cabañas Catzin alias “El Monstruo “, where he was arrested along with eight people, including two Belizean nationals in possession of 45 kilograms of the synthetic drug known as crystal meth.
Naval Zone XI confirmed the arrest on Friday, February 8, 2013, with the assistance of other federal agencies which had planned their raid on the afternoon of Thursday, February 7, 2013.
At approximately 5:50 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2013, two vans filled with Navel members belonging to the 25th Battalion Marines arrived at the home of Carlos Cabanas Catzin on Avenida Benito Juarez between Camelias and Justo Sierra, Colonia Jesus Martinez Ross.
Hugo Cassanova of Calcutta, Corozal
According to reports, 45 kilograms of suspected crystal meth were found (about 50,000 doses ready for distribution and retail marketing) along with eight suspected members of organized crime who were inside the building. The drugs were valued at least 11 million pesos (an equivalent of USD $1,000,000.00) and were found grouped into bags and these in turn were found in several refrigerators.
Authorities claim the people found were Carlos Cabañas Catzin aka “El Monstruo”, his brother Nestor Alberto Catzin Cabañas, Luis Juarez Lopez, Alejandro Lugo Courtenay, Fabiola Juarez Lopez and Rosa Patricia Morales Olan of Mexican Nationality and Hugo Casanova (of Calcutta, Corozal) and Ermelindo Vázquez (of Orange Walk) of Belizean nationality.
At around 6:30 PM a group of marines left the residence taking with them (2) women and (6) men who boarded a military vehicle and were taken to headquarters on Avenida Insurgentes and Emiliano Zapata in Chetumal.