Mexico detects network that has laundered over 1 billion pesos

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The unit reported that thousands of suspicious local transactions were detected, for the equivalent of about $ 666 million.

Mexican financial regulators have frozen bank accounts of 1,939 people and companies believed to be linked to movements of about $ 1.1 billion from the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, authorities said Tuesday.

The Financial Intelligence Unit, responsible for combating money laundering, reported that it worked closely with the DEA to identify the 1,770 people and 167 companies during “Operation Blue Agave.” Blue agave is a cactus used in the manufacture of tequila, the emblematic drink of the state of Jalisco, where the cartel resides.

The Mexican agency said that the investigation involved the “main leaders, financial operators, family members, companies, lawyers, as well as various public servants who operate corruption networks that have favored the illegal activities of said group of organized crime.”

The unit reported that thousands of suspicious local transactions were detected, for the equivalent of about $ 666 million.

Suspicious international transfers would have involved about $ 330 million and suspicious transactions were also discovered for about $ 137 million in cash. The money is believed to be linked to the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, an extremely violent group that has established itself at the peak of organized crime in Mexico.

Of the almost 2,000 blocked accounts, 1,770 belong to individuals and 167 to companies. Two cartel-related trusts were also frozen. In less than five years, the United States Treasury Department has listed 33 CJNG-related companies.

Through a statement, it was reported that among the reports 2,571 “unusual operations” for 2,951 million pesos and 38,459 “relevant operations” for approximately 11,478 million pesos were located. In international operations, 8,424 reports were made for 7,000 million pesos.

In just over four years, the CJNG went from being a cell serving Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the most powerful criminal organization with the largest presence in the country (Photo: Special)

2,102 transfers were located for USD 2 million 955 thousand and 6,507 operations for 657 million pesos. Most were carried out in the states of Baja California, Mexico City, Colima, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Querétaro, Sinaloa, and Veracruz.

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In Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term (2012-2018), the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel was consolidated as the most powerful. In just over four years, it went from being a cell at the service of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán , to the most powerful criminal organization with the largest presence in the country.

Analysts agree that the criminal organization of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”, has taken advantage of the blows suffered by its remnants of the Sinaloa Cartel the Michoacana Family and Los Zetas to win their territories with strategic routes that they did not have control.

Since Enrique Peña Nieto assumed the presidency of Mexico, the then prosecutor, Jesús Murillo Karam, assured that the strategy of former president Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) had caused the fragmentation of cartels and the emergence of up to 80 cells that were on fire to the country. At that time, the CJNG operated for that of Sinaloa in Jalisco, Michoacán, and Veracruz.

Only five years later, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel superseded the Sinaloa Cartel, and is currently the group with the greatest expansion in the country, and the least hit by the security forces. From having a presence in three entities, it expanded to dominate 24 states.

Last Monday, the Secretary of Public Security (SSP) of Veracruz announced that they had arrested Javier “N”, alias “El Tucán”, the alleged head of CJNG hitmen in the Acayucan region, as well as Lázaro “N”, alias “El Zurdo ”and Carlos“ N ”, alleged members of the criminal organization.

Source: ap.org, apuntoenlinea.net

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