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U.S. Government Sanctions 21 Businesses, Individuals In Mexico Linked To Powerful Drug Cartel

August 20, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Government Sanctions 21 Businesses, Individuals In Mexico Linked To Powerful Drug Cartel

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The United States government sanctioned 21 Mexican businesses and individuals on Wednesday, saying they were part of the business network of a powerful drug cartel in the country.

The 15 businesses and six people provided support and services for the Los Cuinis drug cartel, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. The cartel was itself sanctioned by the U.S. government in April for cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking.

Los Cuinis is allied closely with the Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) drug cartel. In fact, many law enforcement officials believe Los Cuinis is the financial muscle behind the CJNG.

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The individuals targeted by Treasury were all Mexican nationals with links to Los Cuinis or its leader, Gonzalez Valencia, who is the brother-in-law of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes (a.k.a. “Mencho”), the notorious leader of the CJNG.

The businesses targeted on Wednesday include:

  • A boutique hotel located in Tomatlan, Jalisco that markets itself to wealthy vacationers seeking seclusion in a pristine environment.
  • A home Real Estate, S.A. de C.V. and Bric Inmobiliaria, real estate firms based in Guadalajara and Zapopan, Jalisco, respectively, were also designated.
  • Two shopping centers:  Plaza Los Tules in Zapopan, Jalisco and Xaman Ha Center in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

The following six Mexican nationals were designated today because of their links to the Los Cuinis DTO or its leader:

Gonzalez Valencia

Jeniffer Beaney Camacho Cazares

Diana Maria Sanchez Carlon

Silvia Romina Sanchez Carlon

Ma Elena Marquez Gallegos

Wendy Dalaithy Amaral Arevalo

Fernando Torres Gonzalez.

On April 8, 2015, OFAC designated the Los Cuinis DTO and Gonzalez Valencia and its allies, the CJNG and  “El Mencho”.  In March 2014, a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia indicted them on several charges, including being the principal leaders of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise.

Gonzalez Valencia was captured in Mexico in late February 2015, but Oseguera Cervantes remains a fugitive. The Department of Justice has submitted an offical request to the Mexican government for the extradition of Gonzlez Valencia.

Since June 2000, more than 1,700 entities and individuals have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking.

 

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