AFTER trying to establish a foothold in the Philippines, the Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa has entered Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.
The report confirms The Manila Times article that the group is invading the Asia-Pacific market.
The South China Morning Post on Sunday said the Sinaloa cartel is taking advantage of the booming demand for cocaine and methamphetamine, known in the Philippines as “shabu” and in Hong Kong as “Meth” and “Ice.”
It added that the local Hong Kong triad gangs are supplying the Mexican cartel the precursor chemicals like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine being used to produce shabu.
Hong Kong authorities, the Post said, have formed a team to trace the trade of the controlled chemicals to stop the supply of precursors.
The Philippine police on December 25 busted a shabu laboratory maintained by Sinaloa group in a raid in Batangas province. This was followed by the arrest of foreigners, Canadians and one from the Middle East, in a raid in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Sinaloa is considered one of the world’s most dangerous drug groups.
Hong Kong law enforcement agents said the Mexico drug cartel has sneaked in cocaine into the former British colony.
The Sinaloa gang has been attempting to enter the luxurious Hong Kong market since 2012, a move that would imprint its claim as global illegal drugs supply chain.
Sinaloa is a name of a state in Mexico, home of the cartel’s founder, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the 10th richest man in Mexico. He is wanted by the US Treasury department, which placed a bounty of $5 million for information on his capture. Sinaloa is home to boxers Jorge Arce, who was twice defeated by Nonito Donaire and the legendary Julio Ceasar Chavez.
In the Philippines, the Mexican cartel has joined forces with Chinese drug syndicates and the African group to strengthen its hold of illegal drugs’ supply and demand and their production.
The Post reported that five Mexicans were sentenced last year to up to 27 years in prison for smuggling 538 kilos of cocaine in 2011.
The paper said cocaine seizures by Hong Kong Customs soared from 30 kilograms in 2011 to 600 kilograms in 2012, a rise of nearly 2,000 percent.