'Plaza' has a more sinister meaning in drug world
If we hear mention of a “plaza,” we may think of a downtown square or shopping center. In the language of the drug world, it refers to the corridors smugglers use to bring narcotics into the United States.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says the Sinaloa Cartel, described as Mexico's largest drug trafficking organization, has in place seven such plazas along the Arizona-Sonora border, including one in San Luis Rio Colorado that funnels heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana through Yuma County into the United States.
The U.S. Treasury Department recently designated the plaza bosses as drug kingpins, freezing any U.S. assets they have and making them off-limits for business dealings with Americans.
Among them is Armando Lopez Aispuro, alleged to be the San Luis plaza boss. The DEA says he's been the target of several drug and money laundering investigations for more than 10 years.
Time will tell if the feds have success going after the purported traffickers' pocketbooks.