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Former owner of Mexican soccer team and accused cartel drug trafficker extradited to the U.S.

December 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former owner of Mexican soccer team and accused cartel drug trafficker extradited to the U.S.

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Mexican authorities extradited Wenceslao Álvarez-Álvarez, the former owner of a second-division soccer club to the United States to face drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office announced the extradition of Wenceslao Álvarez-Álvarez, a designated top operative in Múgica, Michoacán for the Zetas and Los Caballeros Templarios or Knights Templar Cartel.

According to La Jornada, the alleged narcotrafficker nicknamed “El Wencho”  or “Wuenchis” was handed over to U.S. Marshals at Mexico City Airport last Thursday, a decade after his arrest.

Álvarez was the owner of the Michoacan-based Nueva Italia Raccoons soccer club, who currently play in Mexico’s second-division. He was arrested at the club’s team facilities in 2008.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern District of Georgia indicted Álvarez in 2010 on drug trafficking, and money laundering charges.

U.S. prosecutors say the accused cartel operative was part of an extensive drug trafficking network that oversaw narcotics shipments to the United States and laundered illicit proceeds using the soccer team’s finances, according to SinEmbargo.

Wenceslao Álvarez, aka “El Wencho” or “Wuenchis” was extradited to Georgia to face drug trafficking and money laundering charges

Additionally, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Álvarez in June 2010, under the so-called “Kingpin Act.”

“For many years, Wenceslao Álvarez-Álvarez has been the operator of a large drug trafficking network that smuggled cocaine from Colombia to Atlanta, Georgia. (Álvarez’s) identification and that of their financial networks are part of the efforts to combat the Mexican cartels that operate on both sides of the border,” Justice Department officials said in a statement.

Federal prosecutors say Álvarez organized large cocaine shipments from Colombia and Mexico to Atlanta, Georgia for the Knights Templar Cartel.

Álvarez also coordinated with the Zetas, a fierce rival of the Knights Templar Cartel, to smuggle narcotics shipments over the Texas border.

So far this year, Mexico has extradited sixteen fugitives to face trial in the United States.

Last week, the Mexican government extradited Victor Manuel Felix-Felix, the Sinaloa Cartel’s top financier, and close ally of imprisoned kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to San Diego to stand trial for a drug trafficking and money laundering indictment.

Authorities last week also extradited former Gulf Cartel leader Mario Ramirez-Treviño aka “Mario Pelon” and “X-20″ to face drug conspiracy charges in the District of Columbia.

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