Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Prosecutors Seek Billions from Z40

Borderland Beat-Thank you to the reader who gave me a heads up on this story
 
At the time of his capture last week, Miguel Angel Treviño, the notorious leader of the Zetas Mexican cartel, had built a criminal business empire that stretched from the Southwestern United States to Central America.
Treviño, better known as Zeta-40, had $2 million in cash and eight fire arms with him when he was detained on July 15 in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Given his violent tendencies, it was surprising to many that he did not put up any resistance.
The illegal nature of the Mexican cartel’s activities makes it difficult to estimate their leaders’ wealth. But a 2009 indictment against Treviño by the U.S. Eastern District of New York may offer some insights into his fortune. According to the 16-page indictment, which charges Treviño with 11 criminal counts, the Zetas assumed responsibility for the safe passage of the Gulf Cartel’s cocaine and other drugs moving through Mexico into the United States.
 In addition, the Zetas collected a tax, or “piso,” from drug trafficking organizations seeking to transport drugs through areas under the Gulf’s control. Around 2007, the Zetas split from the Gulf Cartel and under the leadership of Heriberto Lazcano (killed by Mexican authorities in 2012) and Treviño Morales, they became the largest players in the border region, the most profitable turf.
If convicted, the court will seek $2 billion in criminal forfeitures for six of the 11 counts filed against him. This amount is derived from property and proceeds obtained from the criminal activities Treviño is charged with and that cannot be located, have been sold, deposited with a third party, or placed beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
The $2 billion in money judgment requests does not necessarily mean Treviño may be a billionaire, but rather that the Court would rather err on the side of too large when estimating the value of his property in order to allow themselves to seize everything that he owns.
The New York Court stated that Treviño was the “principal administrator, organizer and leader” of the Zetas, obtaining “substantial income and resources, in excess of $10 million in gross receipts” in a twelve month period for the “manufacture, importation and distribution of cocaine” alone.
According to Stratford, a private intelligence firm based in Texas, the Mexican cartels can buy a kilogram of cocaine for $2,200 or less in South America and sell it for $24,000 or more to their associates in the United States. U.S. counternarcotics officials report that the Mexican cartels are the largest players in the global cocaine trade, with billions of dollars in profits.
The Zetas also collect large amounts of money from 16 different lines of business, including human trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution, pirated merchandise, weapons trafficking and immigrant smuggling. Authorities believed that the Zetas are responsible for the kidnapping or illegal detention of tens of thousands of migrants, demanding ransoms of $3,000 each. The Zetas are also suspected to have stolen and smuggled $46 million worth of oil from Pemex, Mexico’s State owned oil monopoly, to sell it to U.S. refineries.
In a separate 2012 indictment  in the Western District of Texas, Treviño was  charged with channeling $16 million to his brother in the United States to buy, train, and race horses. José Treviño, his brother, was found guilty of money laundering in May.
The Texas indictment said that Miguel Angel coordinated the “receipt of bulk currency shipments into Mexico from the United States.”
Treviño’s arrest was welcomed by the Obama Administration. He is suspected of ordering the assassination of ICE agent Jaime Zapata in 2011 and other American citizens in Northern Mexico. President Obama said that Treviño’s detention shows that the Mexican administration “is serious about continuing” to fight the drug cartels.
The DEA called Treviño, “the head of the notoriously violent and vicious Zetas cartel” and a “wanted man for years.” It is expected that at some point the U.S. government will request Mexico for Treviño’s extradition.
Experts believe that the weakening of the Zetas that could result from Treviño’s incarceration, might strengthen former billionaire Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel and the Zetas main criminal adversary.
Source:  Wall Street Journal by Dolia Estevez

39 comments:

  1. Forget two chains. Be looking out for 2 gunz head of the new los zetas.

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  2. CDG WITH CDS ALREADY MAD THEIR MOVE THEYVE DEPLOYED TROOPS INTO CIUDAD MIER AND MIGUEL IT ALL POINTS TO SECURING NUEVO LAREDO CAUSE THATS THE LAST STRONG HOLD OF LOS Z. THE PEOPLE IN NUEVO LAREDO SHOULD START TAKING PRECAUTIONS CAUSE ITS GOING TO HAPPEN IF ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. CHAPO AND X20 ARE BUSINESS MEN THAT DONT TRUST EACH OTHER BUT PROVED THEY CAN OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY WHILE STILL WORKING AGAINST THE ZETAS, DEPLOYING SO MANY PEOPLE TO THESE TOWNS IS A PRESSURE MOVE BY EL CHAPO AND X20 SO THAT THE GROUPS THAT HAVE NOW FRACTURED COMPLETELY FROM THE ZETAS JOIN THEIR FORCES TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE...

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  3. The $2 billion sum as requested in the 2009 U.S. Eastern District of New York indictment is probably the tip of the iceberg. The massive amounts of cash are the principal reason why so many enter "the game." Trevino is no exception.

    It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. I don't hold out hope that Z40 will be extradited to the U.S. for trial.

    MF

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  4. Hi Chivis, do you know how they go about recovering all this money from him? If he's already convicted, how can they force him to give them money? I'm curious about how the recovery of $60 million from Jose Trevino is going...

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    1. If he don't got cash. They take his properties, vehicles, any bank accounts he might have. Any way or form they'll get most of it.

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  5. Dang at least they finally got him I thought they never would.... Now lets see if el chapo Guzman will dominate zeta territory or if he'll go down as well. hmmmm hard to predict. Rather have chapo dominate rather than puto zetas omar is next.....

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    1. Chaop, mayo, azul all stay quite. The young punks are to stupid and draw all the attention that leds to their deaths or capture.

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  6. A a diffusion of smaller Zeta cells will be much more dangerous than one bloc.

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  7. Chapo looking to make a couple more billion

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  8. They should have killed him. If he stays in a Mexican prison he is going to do soft time with women come in and out of his mansion of a cell and he will still be able to run his cartel. If he gets extradited to the U.S. then all he has to do is forfeit millions in exchange for 10-20 years in a federal prison. Hope the Golfos or Snitchaloense get to him and do a Tubys hit on him.

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    1. Both the u.s and mexican gvt need to quit fucking around with these guys.when convicted they need to have punishment like saudi arabia does public executions!!!!!

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  9. How much do you think this guy was actually worth? I find it hard to believe that he was actually a billionaire. Now Chapo, Mayo and El Azul, they are certified Billionaires. I can see him being worth like $50-$100 Million, pushing the envelope.

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  10. They will be lucky if they even get 20 pesos to wipe their ass with from Z40. lmfao Z40 will get his people to hide his money before they extradite him to the U.S. That will take a long while before that even happens.

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    1. They should just kill him and be done with that sick bastard and they wouldnt have to worry about it.it would be interesting to make 40 and la barbie fight to the death and why not? Either way no one would lose any sleep over them two

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    2. The US is not going to extradite him.

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  11. I knew his own zetas would sell him out for the reward money.
    And a free get out of jail card.
    There's no honor among that filth.
    What idiot would honor a rat, rapist baby killer.

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  12. I wonder how many times 40 paid out the 2 million? Only he knows the real answer.
    The big guys all seem to carry millions. It must work sometimes.
    Also, wonder, if 40 actually had 5 million on him.

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  13. Great story Chivis,.... Thank you for the up date. There is so much money going around these corrupted guys it is hard to put my head around. It's so sad, and the news just isn't showing the world enough about all that has been going on for so many years. I hope to someday see some peace in Mexico. Thank you for all your translating in English, I think what you do is amazing! - El Paso Ro

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  14. And every one wants a piece of the pie sorry bastards give the money to the Mexican people

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  15. im so sick and tired of these fuck head lying publications like Forbes magazine claiming to know how much money a drug lord has. im not saying chapo and z40 are not billionaires, im challenging forbes or any other publication who prints how much money they have. you dont fucking know, stop saying how much they have just so you can sell your magazine with your fake ass facts.

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  16. Nobody moving serious weight to the US from Mexico getting 24k a key; in the USA - and hasn't for a decade. Just one key can be bought from 12-18k before its stomped) so if the zetas are moving weigh their buyers aren't paying 24k.

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    1. What are you talking about ^
      Depends on your location, 12-18k only way for that is if you in Mexican side son.
      32k if you move it to Chicago, 60k to Toronto.

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    2. You obviously don't know shit about moving weight your an idiot!!

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  17. I love Mexico good food and I would love to always go there. I hope I can go back to Mx as I do love it there but until I see some peace I will stay here

    Vegas Guys

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  18. Hola again Chivas. I've read he will have
    a closed trial that could years for it to happen. So much for swift justice. My only hope the US gets him first. Even with 50 million here
    apparently that's all it takes but he would spend some time in a cozy super max,without getting free prostitutes,drugs,internet,cell phones etc. I'm pissed there's is no death penalty in Mexico
    and if he gets to US,Mexico will make sure the death penalty is off the table. Makes me want to move back to my country. But, I'd feel guilty abandoning the kids who need me. Gracias Chivis. Texas Grandma. Peace.

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  19. 12-18k? No way its higher for sure

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  20. Article says former billionaire chapo guzman he still is a billionaire z40s got peanuts to this guy z40 has to resort to other means of criminal activity to gain revenue vs chapo drug trafficking empire no comparison hope z40 gets whats coming to him its been a long time coming .

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  21. Tengo un mensaje a darte Zero-40


    ERES CULEROS 'DE CULEROS'

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  22. at least chapo doesnt kill innocent people like 40 and also chapo deals only in drug trafficking not extorting innocent people

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    1. @10:50PM Chapo is no different than Z40. Both are bastards and drug addicted deranged murderers. Go to hell you Chapo nuthugger and all the other narco cheerleaders.Death to all you lowlife roaches..Viva Mexico.

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  23. Billions for the Mecican government officials and army generals to fill their own pockets. Nothing will go towards developing Mexico for the common people.

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  24. It's a know fact that Lazcano had Over a Billion stashed in U.S. and Offshore Banks so why wouldn't Trevino have the same? These guys stash the bulk and live high off of the New Daily Revenue that runs back to them on a weekly basis. After a 30 day cooling down period
    they have their Accountants Launder and stash what they can keep and pay off every body that needs to be paid just like a Fortune 500 company.

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  25. At Bruce Hunt who said its a know fact Lazcano had over a billion stashed? Links please?

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  26. Hi Chivis, this just in, a judge has ordered Z40 to stand trial for money laundering and weapons possession. He can (and presumably will) add more charges during the trial. I assume only the first two for now because they can prove the weapons possession, and they've already convicted him of money laundering via Jose.

    http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/world_news/Mexican-judge-orders-Zetas-cartel-leader-to-trial_28754209

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  27. Feynman

    Thanks so much, I have written a post and will have it up later tonight...Paz, Chivis

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  28. Ah you found way more info than I had, good stuff! I liked your clarification that he is NOT getting bail haha :)

    Paz, Feynman

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  29. Anything less than life in prison is too good for this waste of human life...take down all his damm family, tired of hearing his big mouth sisters talking shiit thinking they're all badazz and that they are going to bribe him out of prison lmao....mesquite will be a better neighborhood without them lowlifes.

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