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Mexico extradites Sinaloa Cartel’s top financier Victor Manuel Felix-Felix to San Diego

December 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico extradites Sinaloa Cartel’s top financier Victor Manuel Felix-Felix to San Diego

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The Mexican government extradited Victor Manuel Felix-Felix, the top financier of the Sinaloa Cartel earlier this week to the United States to face money laundering charges.

In a statement, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said Victor Manuel Felix-Felix, also known as “El Señor,” arrived in California from Mexico on Monday.

Felix-Felix appeared in San Diego Federal Court on Tuesday where he pled not guilty to multiple charges including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the San Diego Tribune reported.

According to court documents, the charges stem from a 2009 DEA undercover investigation into a southern California-based money laundering organization responsible for smuggling hundreds of million in cash currency to Mexico.

The investigation resulted in a massive 2011 grand jury indictment of the high-level Sinaloa Cartel operative and along with 28 other co-conspirators.

Federal prosecutors said the international drug trafficking operation spanned over five countries including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, and Colombia,

Additionally, prosecutors say Felix-Felix, who is a close confidant of imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, also worked with other criminal organizations in the states of Jalisco and Guerrero for the Sinaloa Cartel in the manufacturing and transportation of narcotics.

An undercover DEA agent reportedly came in contact with Felix-Felix posing as the leader of trafficking cell capable of transporting multi-ton quantities worth of narcotics and bulk cash currency using private jets.

Officials said after gaining the trust of the organization, the undercover agent began arranging pick-ups of millions in cash currency in New York, Houston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada for transport back to Mexico and Colombia.

Over the course of the investigation, federal agents laundered over $13 million on behalf of Victor Manuel Felix-Felix.

The probe also resulted in multiple drug seizures including the successful 2010 interception of over 2,500 kilos of cocaine in Ecuador that was intended for Victor Manuel Felix-Felix.

The accused drug trafficker faces life in prison if convicted. Federal prosecutors are also seeking the forfeiture of $76.2 million in proceeds allegedly earned from drug trafficking.

Victor Manuel Félix Beltrán was arrested back in October

Felix-Felix is the father-in-law of one of “El Chapo’s” sons and is godfather to another of Guzman’s children.

In October, Mexican authorities arrested Victor Manuel Félix Beltrán, the 30-year-old son of Felix-Felix at an apartment complex in Santa Fe.

Rival cartel members kidnapped Félix Beltrán along with Guzman’s sons from an upscale restaurant in the resort city of Puerta Vallarta in August 2016.

Félix Beltrán is currently wanted for extradition to the U.S. where he faces a heroin trafficking and money laundering indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

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