Thursday, October 3, 2002
October 3, 2002
Special K Drug Bust
A massive Special K date rape drug bust just went down today. Authorities launched an exhaustive two year investigation into a special K date rape drug ring located in Mexico.
This date rape drug bust has special importance. Not only did United States and Mexico drug enforcement authorities bust a special K date rape drug ring, they nabbed the biggest special k date rape drug ring in the country! This was no ordinary date rape drug bust. The implications of this date rape drug bust will reverberate throughout the illicit drug market.
The illegal drug lab targeted in the drug bust went by the name of Ttokkyo, and was churning out huge amounts of special K, which is a highly dangerous drug used in party raves although it was originally developed and marketed as a veterinary anesthetic. Ketamine, the trade name of the drug known as Special K on the street, is a controlled narcotic in the United States, and sells for up to one hundred dollars per bottle. This drug bust is of significant importance, because Special K has been used as a date rape drug when administered in high doses via smoking or nasal snorting. The date rape drug can cause hallucinations similar to PCP and is highly addictive and a potentially deadly drug.
The date rape drug bust nabbed seven key individuals who played an instrumental role in marketing and distributing the drug into the United States. Reports indicate Ttokkyo is responsible for 80 percent of the date rape drug, Special K, in our country. Incredibly, Ttokkyo advertised the date rape drug openly (among many other drugs) on their website, which clearly shows they were a major internet drug dealing enterprise.
Three of the suspects involved in the date rape drug bust may have escaped to Mexico, a country notorious for refusing extradition to the US for drug-related prosecution. Due to the enormity of this date rape drug bust, though, if the three suspects are captured, they very well may be transferred to the US based on multi-country collaboration. When it comes to date rape drugs, both countries have a zero tolerance policy towards them, and will bust any drug ring distributing them.
The two alleged king pins of the date rape drug bust, Dr. Jose Francisco Molina, a veterinary doctor, and Tijuana businessman, Jose Chevreuil Bravo, are current in custody without bail. Both have plead innocent to charges of conspiracy and drug distribution charges, although Bravo may face up to life in prison if convicted for operating a criminal enterprise.
This date rape drug bust is a landmark victory, and comes off the heels of another date rape drug bust -- this time with GHB -- only last week. It is clear that the government is making huge strides against the war on drugs, and will bust any of them, especially those who market known date rape drugs.
All told, the date rate drug bust seized nearly $20 million dollars worth of Special K, a date rape drug. Authorities began investigating Ttokkyo after reports of their date rape drug and anabolic steroids, another major, major drug sold by Ttokkyo, was being distributed in California gyms.
Ttokkyo is known throughout the athletic community as one of the top anabolic steroid drug distributors in the world, but their alliance with deplorable date rape drug distribution earned them a drug bust and brought them down.
SAN DIEGO FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS MEXICO'S LARGEST KETAMINE MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTING ORGANIZATION
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
|Mexico City, October 1, 2002.|
Press Release N° 890/02
DISMANTLING OF A KETAMYNE PRODUCING ORGANIZATION WAS ACHIEVED- Two of the organization's main leaders were located in Panama and put at the disposal of U.S. authorities where they have arrest orders- They offered the substance through Internet web sites, telephone numbers and addresses to contact distributors in Mexico.
As a result of information exchange and mutual legal assistance agreements between the General Attorneys Office and other law enforcement authorities abroad, the Specialized Unit against Organized Crime (UEDO), participated in the dismantling operative of an organization dedicated to the production and distribution of a psychotropic substance known as Ketamyne.
After receiving a collaboration request from American authorities UEDO initiated investigations that ended in several operatives in the States of Baja California, Morelos and Mexico City.
Jorge Chevreuil Bravo, owner of a store named Granero de Oro in Tijuana, Baja California and José Francisco Molina Alvarado, owner of the Tokyo Laboratories in the State of Morelos, lead the organization that operated since 1999 in the packaging and distribution of the substance within bottles of ten and fifty milliliters.
Investigations revealed that together, Chevreuil Bravo and Molina Alvarado have sent several quantities of the substance to the U.S. which was produced at the laboratories in order to cover the increasing demand in that country.
At the present time the commercial value of a 10 ml. bottle in the U.S. varies between 50 and 100 dollars. The organization managed a web site where they offered the substance and also used telephone numbers and addresses to contact distributors in Mexico.
As a result of the operatives carried out at the "El Grano de Oro" store within the Plaza Hermosa mall in Tijuana, documents with the name of Ernesto Chevreuil Bravo were found and around 700 boxes contining bottles with the substance.
Furthermore, at the address of Segunda Street and Benito Juárez number 7014 in the downtown area, 400 more boxes were found with the substance.
In the State of Morelos, ministerial personnel searched within the Ttokkyo laboratories where they found and secured 70 bottles of 10 and 50 ml. with the substance as well as 440 kilos of the active substance within 18 barrels ready to be processed.
In Mexico City, at the Farallón Street number 205, Jardines del Pedregal neighborhood, authorities confiscated a 38 special caliber gun, 12 rounds of ammunition and documents. At the Tijuana Street number 10, interiors 601 and 602 in the Del Valle neighborhood, the administrative offices of the laboratories were searched.
All searches were carried out by Federal Public Ministry Agents with support from AFI agents and experts.
Mexicans Chevreuil Bravo and Molina Alvarado were located in Panama where authorities deported them through Miami. As they entered the United States they were arrested since a judge in that country had issued arrest orders against them.