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Money laundering suspects (19) detained by U.S. Federal Authorities

The U.S. federal authorities announced the arrest and indictment of nineteen people for washing tens of millions of dollars from the drug trade for Colombia.

Money Laundering suspects (19) detained by U.S. Federal Authorities

Money Laundering suspects (19) detained by U.S. Federal Authorities

The detainees were allegedly a network from the U.S. sending money from drug trafficking to Colombia , and was received by persons operating in shopping centers in the city of Cali , federal prosecutors said the Eastern District of New York in a statement.

After a four-year investigation, twelve people were arrested in Cali by the National Police and four others were arrested in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while three were already under arrest previously for other reasons.

The officers who conducted the arrests seized $ 6.5 million and 52.5 kilos of heroin, 32 kilos of cocaine, 28.5 kilos of marijuana, eight vehicles and three firearms.

The four arrested in the United States received cash from drug dealers, often elaborately hidden, and sent it through transfers to Colombia, the statement said.

Twelve arrested in Colombia on their way, according to federal prosecutors, a network for the distribution of money from receipt of Cali in commercial establishments in the hands of Colombian drug traffickers.

“People arrested and charged today allegedly transferred tens of millions of dollars in drug money from the U.S. to Colombia’s drug traffickers” , said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in a note, in which he stressed that laundering Money is the lifeblood of narcotics. “

If convicted, those arrested could face up to twenty years in prison.

By: Reuters
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Posted by on 03/15/2013 in Crime!, Money Laundering

 

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Women used as drug mules enter Arizona from Mexico

NOGALES, Arizona,  For the third time in a week, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested women who were walking south entering Arizona with heroin hidden under thier bra.

Drus strapped to a womans abdomen and Bra

Drus strapped to a womans abdomen and Bra

Officials of Customs and Border Protection said Friday that a Mexican woman age 18 was arrested on Wednesday in the city of Nogales, in the most recent case of this type.

They added that the woman had nearly 1.8 kilograms (4 pounds) of heroin – with an estimated value of $ 47,000 – with tape attached to her abdomen.

Officials said a California woman, 37, was arrested days earlier with almost three kilos of heroin hidden under her bra.

On February 21, another Mexican 18 was also arrested with a pound (1 pound) of drugs taped to the abdomen.

Authorities would not comment on this method, apparently growing, of smuggling drugs.

 
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Posted by on 03/02/2013 in Crime!, Drug Abuse

 

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U.S. Federal Court convicts Gulf Cartel kingpin Aurelio Cano

On Tuesday, Aurelio Cano Flores, aka Yankee and Yeyo, a leading figure of the Gulf Cartel was found guilty of drug trafficking by a U.S. federal court

convicted in US Federal Court sentence to be announced!

convicted in US Federal Court sentence to be announced!

Aurelio Cano Flores, aka Yankee and Yeyo, a leading figure of the Gulf Cartel  the highest level in the U.S. condemned in the past 15 years, reported the Department of Justice.

Aurelio Cano, 40, was extradited from Mexico in August 2011, and was considered the “square head” of the border town of Los Guerra, in the state of Tamaulipas, in charge of the main entry route of drug Gulf Cartel into the United States.

As a Drug trafficker he began working for the cartel as a policeman in 2001, and soon went on to become one of the main operators of the organization, one of the most powerful and bloodthirsty of Mexico.

The Justice Department may file with the court telephone conversations and the testimony of other cartel members, the statement said.

The conviction of Aurelio Cano could result in a life sentence and will be announced by the federal court on May 13.

 
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Posted by on 02/27/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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money Laundering reaches $ 10 billion in Mexico, representing 3.6 percent of GDP

In Mexico it is estimated that in 2012 the amount of money laundered rose, representing 3.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)

So says the document “Money Laundering” conceptual theoretical study, comparative law, international treaties and the new law on the subject in Mexico, that the House of Representatives issued a statement.

lunderin money in         Mexico reaches 10 Billion dollars for 2012

laundering money in Mexico reaches 10 Billion dollars for 2012

The report notes that according to the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), only in the first quarter of 2003 the amount of money laundering was equivalent to 3.06 percent of GDP, after this period and until the second quarter of 2009, the percentage of money laundering equivalent to GDP fluctuated between 1.5 percent and 2.4 percent.

“These figures are due to the crime situation that has permeated our social, economic and financial, that must be triggered in a legal fight,” says the study by the SHCP.

According to the diagnosis of International Monetary Fund (IMF), the total amount of funds laundered in the world could vary between 2 percent and 5 cientodel global GDP.

Among the predicate offenses to money laundering internationally lies the smuggling of organs, tissues and medications people, art, animals, as well as drug trafficking and corruption, extortion and kidnapping.

“The illegal proceeds can be transferred easily and instantly from one jurisdiction to another” highlights the study.

With regard to the countries of Latin America, Mexico is below Peru in the percentage of GDP that represents money laundering, as the latter reported 4.4 percent to 2011, compared to the 3.6 percent that corresponds to Mexico 2012.

Finally, explains that the means of carrying out operations with illegal proceeds is the financial system, hence, the amount of legal and provisions governing the institutions responsible for implementing and enforcing the measures for any activity that may facilitate the commission of this crime

 
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Posted by on 01/19/2013 in Crime!, Money Laundering

 

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Miss Sinaloa 2012 found dead with an assault rifle!

Miss Sinaloa was traveling with members of organized crime: PGJE

Miss Sinaloa found dead with an assault rifle next to her!

The attorney of Sinaloa, Marco Antonio Higuera said in a news conference that Maria Susana Flores Gamez riding gunmen in a vehicle before being found dead

The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa, Marco Antonio Higuera, said at a press conference that Maria Susana Flores Gamez, Miss Sinaloa 2012 was traveling in one of the vehicles of suspected gunmen clashed Saturday with soldiers.

The body of the 20 year old was found with an assault rifle.

“She walked into the group of criminals, but we cannot say who was involved in the shooting, right now we have to investigate the scene and background of the action,” said the attorney.

Flores, a young brunette, was elected in February as Miss Sinaloa 2012, a contest that is confined to the state.

The prosecutor said there was a first meeting and then a persecution by the military. Two of the alleged gunmen were also killed and four more were arrested.

Higuera said only that they were members of organized crime, but now federal authorities shall determine which group.

Another winner of beauty contest, the Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Elena Zúñiga, was arrested in December of that year in the western state of Jalisco while traveling with suspected drug traffickers in a vehicle in which weapons were located, cartridges and thousands of dollars.

In early 2009 she was acquitted of drug charges.

The title of Miss Sinaloa, Sinaloa different from woman, allows the winners to participate in the national beauty pageant to represent Mexico in Miss Universe.

 
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Posted by on 11/27/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. a reverse affect on Mexico!

Mexican drug cartels would potentially lose 20 to 30 percent of revenue, because the Sinaloa cartel would be most affected, would lose up to 50 percent

Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. would affect the Sinaloa Cartels Production!

The legalization of marijuana in some states in the U.S. would significantly reduce Mexico’s drug revenues, providing the largest financial shock in decades, said the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness ( IMCO).

The UN Security Director, Alejandro Hope, estimated at a press conference that revenue would potentially fall 20 to 30 percent from drug trafficking, although the Sinaloa cartel, which would be the most affected, would lose up to 50 percent, was considered.

In his opinion, “this would be favorable to Mexico, in the sense that it would be the biggest financial blow to cartels in decades.”

On 6 November, the states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon, in the United States, shall make consideration of its voters a series of initiatives that, if passed, would legalize the possession, production, distribution and sale of marijuana for recreational use .

The manager explained that this measure is approved must await the reactions of the U.S. government, because the rest of the states will remain illegal activity and could go to court alleging unconstitutional invasion of powers, and that would be a violation of international treaties in the art.

However, he stressed that the initiative achieved and implemented as proposed, would create a legal market for cannabis (marijuana scientific name), which in turn displace the product placed by drug trafficking.

He said the marijuana that would occur in the United States would be of higher quality because it has a high content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive component of the drug.

Based on the assumptions made by the IMCO, explained the manager, a pound of Mexican marijuana sold today in New York over three thousand dollars, would be well above the $ 408 billion it would cost a kilogram of the drug legalized in the United States.

The Mexican narco would have a market share of 36.5 percent marijuana in Washington, Colorado 37.9 percent and 48.9 percent in Oregon, while decreasing potential would be 22.7, 23.5 and 30.4 percent, respectively.

For Alejandro Hope, would have a greater impact in terms of jobs, because marijuana is more labor intensive than other drugs, although it is difficult to estimate whether this staff would be absorbed by other illegal and violent.

In response, the Mexican government considered that will launch alternative development programs in production areas, and monitor the traffic potential in reverse, ie, from the U.S. to Mexico.

 
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Posted by on 11/01/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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Australia and New Zealand have the highest marijuana and amphetamine use in the world

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They propose legalizing marijuana and ecstasy in Australia

A report says that the prohibition does not work and it takes other approaches, such as government control of consumption

SYDNEY, The latest survey conducted of illegal drugs across Australia was released today suggests that the Government of the nation to legalize marijuana and ecstasy to control its’ rising drug problem in the country.

Professor Bob Douglas, author of the 54 page report, said it has become clear that drug prohibition does not work and it requires other approaches, such as the legalization and government control of consumption, according to an ABC Radio expert. He added that “the report makes clear that the Australian police, despite performing a good job, has failed to have a serious impact “on traffic and drug use.

Statistics from the Police in operations against drug traffickers in the country during the fiscal year July 2011-June 2012 reveals that drug seizures increased by 164 percent and chemicals to produce narcotics rose 263 percent.

The statistics show an increase in drug trafficking in Australia and that cocaine and amphetamines have overtaken heroin and preferences cannabis.

One of the proposals of the report is that the government controls the sale of cannabis and ecstasy, which is offered only to citizens over 16 and accompanied by counseling and treatment programs.

Professor Douglas noted that similar projects have been adopted in Europe with good results, and said that Australia needs to have a serious debate on this issue.

 “People who have taken tough positions on drugs have gained political benefits, but there are many politicians in Australia who recognize that this position should change “said Douglas.

Around 200 thousand people out of a population of 22.3 million marijuana smokers in Australia.

Australia and New Zealand are the nations with the highest rate of marijuana and amphetamine use in the world, according to a study published in the journal medical Lancet .

 
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Posted by on 09/10/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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