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Narcotics Rewards Program: Tirso Martinez-Sanchez


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Date: 2010 Description: Tirso Martinez-Sanchez - State Dept ImageALIASES: "Jose Tirso," "Jose Martinez," "Jose Tirso Hernandez Felix," "Jose Tirso Felix," "Manuel Ochoa-Martinez," "El Doctor," "El Mechancio," "El Futbolista," "El Centenario," "El Tio," "Jose Luis Martinez-Sanchez"
DOB: December 9, 1966
POB: Guadalajara, Mexico
NATIONALITY: Mexican
CITIZENSHIP: Mexico
HEIGHT: 5’7
WEIGHT: 160 to 180 Pounds
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown

The Tirso Martinez-Sanchez drug trafficking organization (MSO) is an extensive transnational narcotics importation, distribution, and transportation organization that is responsible for distributing multi-tons of cocaine into the United States and Europe. The MSO receives cocaine directly from Colombia and imports the drugs from Mexico through California and Texas overland to large distribution centers in metropolitan United States cities.

The MSO uses a network of large warehouses to store and distribute cocaine in Mexico and the United States. The organization operates a network of front companies to purchase or lease these instrumentalities and to purchase “cover loads” or legitimate goods that are stored and transported with the narcotics to mask the narcotics shipment. The MSO transports cocaine through ocean vessels, tractor-trailers, and railroad tanker cars. It is believed that between 2000 and 2003, the MSO’s railroad network imported, transported, and distributed approximately 76 metric tons of cocaine into the United States.

Tirso Martinez-Sanchez is the leader of the MSO and is believed to also act as an importer, transporter, and distributor for other large narcotics traffickers, such as the Juarez cartel, members of the Federation, and Colombian traffickers Victor and Miguel Mejia-Munera. Martinez-Sanchez is responsible for organizing the laundering and remittance of millions of dollars drug proceeds back to Mexico. Martinez-Sanchez is indicted out of the Eastern District of New York.

The U.S. Department of State is currently offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of TIRSO MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ.



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