The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) arrested and obtained this Saturday the connection to the process against three people in Baja California, who were secured with a cargo of 130 kilos totoaba, valued at more than 10 million dollars.

A control judge issued a binding order to process against Ming “H”, Luis “A” and Alberto “O” for committing crimes against the environment. The three people were arrested after the search of a property in a residential subdivision located in Mexicali, by agents of the Office of the Assistant Attorney for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA) of Baja California.

The Federal Ministerial Police found 224 maws of totoaba macdonaldi, an endangered marine species, whose black market value in China amounts to 10 million dollars. The total weight of the seized merchandise was 131 kilos and 843 grams.

“The specialized judge established as a precautionary measure justified preventive detention for the defendants and set a period of three months for the closing of the investigation”, the FGR said in a statement.

The totoaba is an endemic species to the Gulf of California. Its illegal fishing is the first link in an international and multimillion dollar business in the world.

The traffic of the swim bladder, or crop, reaches The United States and even China, where some people attribute healing powers to it and pay up to 100,000 dollars for a single piece. In this context, totoaba is considered “the cocaine of the sea.”

Illegal totoaba fishing generates as collateral damage the threat of the extinction of the vaquita porpoise. Both endemic species are of similar size and weight, which is why they are trapped in the nets placed by traffickers. of totoaba.

Poachers place netting up to a kilometer long in the sea that function as walls to catch these marine species.

To prevent the extinction of this species, the Senate of the Republic approved in July 2020 to issue preventive detention for those who fish totoaba illegally. Even so, local fishermen accuse that the federal government has not taken sufficient measures to prevent illegal fishing for totoaba and vaquita porpoises.

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