An investigation by the Mexican Justice also discovered that the “Mayo” Zambada sisters won millions in a casino
Santiago Nieto, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), confirmed that the Government of Mexico froze millionaire accounts for Ovidio Guzmán, one of the three sons of drug trafficker Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera, identified as leaders of the Sinaloa cartel.
“We’ve frozen Ovidio’s accounts and 330 people linked to the cartel and we have filed the complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office. We have also found strange things, “he said.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País, the official noted that “among the strange things” it was identified that the sisters of Ismael Mayo Zambada won millions of pesos in a casino, but “nobody wins millions of pesos in a casino”, for he sees it as a good indicator of possible money laundering.
The official’s statement comes amid a stage in which the Sinaloa cartel seeks to create a “social shield” through the delivery of food baskets in communities in different states of the country in the face of the health emergency experienced by COVID- 19.
It also arises almost seven months after the so-called “culiacanazo”, as it is popularly mentioned on the day – October 17, 2019 – in which the López Obrador government-held Ovidio Guzmán for hours in a house in Culiacán, Sinaloa, at who had to liberate before the violent response of the criminal organization that closed the entrances to the capital and showed strength with powerful weapons and hundreds of hitmen.
The violent day left eight people dead and 16 wounded. Subsequently, the Army retreated.
The newspaper Milenio made a request for information that was answered by the Ministry of National Defense, which indicates that the reservation of information on the so-called “Ovid case” is based on the fact that the “real presence” of the Sinaloa cartel was demonstrated, his ability to organize and to fire, which caused fear in the population and “pressured the federal government to stop the actions they were taking against him.”
In addition, he assured that the disclosure of this information may cause organized crime “that operates throughout the country” to estimate the Army’s strength and capabilities to try to emulate in other cities the events that occurred in Culiacán.
Ovid was again a matter of controversy on March 30 of this year when President López Obrador visited Badiraguato, the birthplace of the family, just on the 29th birthday of the drug trafficker’s son.
The president’s tour that day was doubly controversial because he also went to the truck of Chapo Guzmán’s mother, Consuelo Loera, to greet her and communicate that she had already received her letter.
In the letter, Consuelo Loera asked the president to intervene to obtain a humanitarian visa that would allow him to visit his son, who is serving a life sentence plus an additional 30 years in the ADX Florence prison, in Colorado, known as the most brutal in the United States.
Ovidio Guzmán is the first of the four children that El Chapo had with his second wife, Griselda López Pérez.
He is identified as an active member of the Sinaloa cartel and faces charges against the United States Government for conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana between 2008 and 2018.
Ovidio Guzmán and his brother Iván Archivaldo Guzmán are allegedly being investigated by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Washington, due to the importation of drugs into the neighboring country and international drug trafficking activities.
El Raton, as it is also known, appears in various court and treasury records in the United States for activities related to money laundering.
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