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Mexican authorities charge former border city official with organized crime, extortion

June 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities charge former border city official with organized crime, extortion

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State officials in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, charged Luis Alfredo Biasi, a former border city official on charges of extortion and organized crime.

The same individual is also being federally investigated for reportedly trying to smuggle more than 1100 bulletproof vests over the border into Mexico last month.

According to El Universal, Luis Alfredo Biasi was taken into custody last m. The suspect is an import and export businessman who previously served as the Social Development Secretary in Matamoros from 2013 to 2016. The arrest occurred south of Matamoros as Biasi was going to the airport.

State authorities and prosecutors arrested Biasi on one count of extortion and one number of organized criminal activity. Authorities transferred him to Ciudad Victoria where he appeared before a judge.

Luis Alfredo Biasi (above) is also under investigation for attempting to smuggle 1,100 bulletproof vests into Mexico

Biasi who owns an import and export company named Alpha is believed to have demanded money from other import and export businesses in order to “help them” get their documents in order.

Federal officials interview Biasi and some of his employees last week. The employees were arrested in connection with the failed attempt to allegedly smuggle over 1,100 bulletproof vests that were concealed in a shipment of medical supplies.

In 2014, officers arrested Biasi on charges of tax evasion after linking him to a warehouse loaded with smuggled alcohol and tobacco. Since the products discovered at Biasi’s warehouse were smuggled, prosecutors at the time contended that importation taxes were not paid.

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