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One of three victims executed last week in Monterrey, Mexico was accountant of captured drug lord Damaso Lopez Nunez

May 11, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
One of three victims executed last week in Monterrey, Mexico was accountant of captured drug lord Damaso Lopez Nunez

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Mexican law enforcement officials say an accountant, who was one of three men executed outside of a bar in a ritzy section of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was a key top financial operator of recently captured Mexican drug lord Damaso Lopez Nunez, also known as ‘El Licenciado.’

As JammedUp News previously reported, 46-year-old Michael Raziel Almela-Martinez, an accountant, was one of the three men gunned down in front of a bar in the affluent municipality of San Pedro, Monterrey, last Wednesday.

According to Vanguardia, senior Mexican law enforcement officials revealed that Almela-Martinez was the top financial operator of Sinaloa Cartel boss Damaso Lopez Nunez, the alleged successor of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who currently awaits trial in New York City.

Damaso Lopez Nunez

Financial operator of Mexican drug lord Damaso Lopez was executed in Monterey, Mexico last week

Almela managed a fast money exchange business with seven branches throughout Mexico, one of which is located in San Pedro.

The triple homicide occurred just 48 hours after Mexican authorities arrested Damaso Lopez in an affluent neighborhood in Mexico City.

A team of hitmen in three vehicles ambushed Amela and two other men around midnight last Wednesday in front of the La Única bar.

The two other victims were executives identified as José Herrera Aispuro, former director of the Faculty of Accounting and Administration of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, and Carlos Sánchez Pliego Mier, a lawyer from Queretaro.

A video recorded by an informant shows Damaso Lopez Nunez eating during a meeting at a restaurant in Mexico City months before his arrest

According to federal sources, Almela allegedly oversaw money laundering operations for ‘El Licenciado’ who had settled in Mexico City.

Nuevo León Attorney General Bernardo Gonzalez acknowledged Monday that the triple execution was linked to organized crime, but declined to mention any particular cartel.

At the time of his arrest, Lopez Nunez was in the midst of a violent struggle for control of the Sinaloa Cartel with the Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the sons of ‘Chapo’ Guzman.

The execution of the financial operator is the latest indication of an ongoing purge of El Licenciado’s assets within the Sinaloa criminal infrastructure.

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