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Spanish government accuses former Mexican gov. of links to Los Zetas

January 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Spanish government accuses former Mexican gov. of links to Los Zetas

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The Spanish government has accused the former Mexican Governor of Coahuila and former head of the Mexico’s ruling PRI party, Humberto Moreira, of having close links to the Los Zetas drug cartel.

The former governor was arrested at the Madrid airport in Spain last week, as he attempted to board a flight to the city of Barcelona, where he was reportedly scheduled to present a thesis for his Ph.D.

Moreira is the focus of an 18-month investigation by the Attorney General in Spain into allegations of drug trafficking, money laundering and other related criminal activities linked to the criminal organization.

The criminal probe shows how Spain has managed to achieve something Mexico has repeatedly failed to do, prosecute corrupt politicians who are just as complicit in the criminal impunity plaguing the nation as the organized crime groups.

The Spanish inquiry stems from information received from U.S. prosecutors in Texas, who are currently prosecuting three of Moreira’s former collaborators, who are accused of laundering millions of dollars in drug money using media and real estate companies.

One of his co-defendants reportedly provided evidence as part of a plea bargain that shows transfers made by Moreira for at least $350,000 US to an account in Spain.

Investigators have also revealed that Moreira’s involvement with the ruthless Zetas organization directly led to the murder of his son Jose Eduardo Moreira, as revenge for betraying the cartel.

According to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, after the execution of his son in 2012, Moreira fled to Barcelona, where he reportedly lived a life of luxury in a six-bedroom palace.

Moreira is accused of money laundering, embezzlement, bribery and association with organized crime. A Spanish Judge issued a warrant for Moreira’s detention and held him in a maximum-security prison until he was granted him bail on Friday. He was previously considered to be a flight risk by the Spanish authorities.

Moreira appeared in court on Friday and testified before the judge, where he denied the claims that by investigators that he worked for Los Zetas, referring to the criminal group as “riffraff” who are responsible for the murder of his son.

Spanish authorities said Moreira worked directly for the Zetas and allege that in 2012, Moriera stole illicit drug proceeds belonging to the cartel and used the funds to conduct drug deals on his own. As a result, the group executed his son as an act of revenge.

The current governor of Coahuila is Moreira’s brother Rubén Moreira Valdez. After the Zetas had murdered his nephew, he announced the creation a special police unit called GATES, who have hunted the ruthless cartel.

The creation of GATES has managed to neutralize Los Zetas and have brought back some eminence of law and order to the region.

Former Gulf Cartel boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen recruited the original 34 highly trained commandos from the Mexican special forces or Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales(GAFE) as his personal paramilitary wing.

The group used a mix of tactical warfare and horrific displays of violence to defeat their enemies and gained vast territories in Mexico, which forced their rivals to play catch-up leading to the militarization of the drug cartels in Mexico.

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