Translated for Borderland Beat from a Zetatijuana article by Otis B Fly-Wheel
After almost 25 years the PGR have failed to prove that a property belonging to Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was bought with "ill gotten gains".
The First Collegiate Tribunal in Penal Matters of the Third Circuit confirmed in revision, awarded the amparo and justice protection in October of last year, by the Sixth District Judge specialising in material matter, to Mrs Alicia Felix Salas.
The complainant has claimed since the end of 2013 the restitution of property located in the Calle Paseo de los Parques, between las Calles Paseo de las Colinas, and Colinas de San Javier fraccionamiento, leaning on an assurance warrant issued by the Public Prosecutors office.
The residency in question forms part of a series of insured assets in various entities of Kingpin Miguel Felix and others, in the preliminary investigation 1379/SC/89, however the prosecutor never put that property to a judge for nearly 25 years and its final condemnation is not resolved.
In the investigation of the case for drug crimes, the Agents of the MPF determined on May 16th 1989 to impose an injunction on the grounds of justifying assurance with the Ministerial declaration of Felix Gallardo, that manifested itself with "the money obtained as a product of criminal activities of narco trafficking, he acquired real and personal property, securities, deposits, investments and other financial deals in order to increase the size of his fortune."
The social representation added that "the property was acquired by the accused for the intent of concealing persons or items, in order to continue to conduct criminal activities relating to the sale of drugs."
The amparo Judge of the Sixth District in Penal Matters of Jalisco, held that although the Federal Public Ministry has the power to investigate, and had opened a preliminary investigation, the fact is that this measure cannot be indefinite and 25 years had been enough to determine what was applicable, plus the Tax department has no evidence in the investigation because of the years passed since the appropriation of the property.
Before the amparo was granted, the Prosecutor assigned to the case, filed an appeal against the amparo ruling, however their grievances were dismissed as unfounded and inoperative. Thus confirming the decision that the property must be returned to the complainant Alicia Felix Salas.
Other goods pertaining to the same investigation have been returned in previous years in Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Veracruz relatives or front men of the "Godfather Felix Gallardo".
In this case the current state of the property is unknown, if it has been sold by the Attorney Generals Office, they will have to compensate Señora Felix Salas with the current market value of the property.
Original article in Spanish at Zetatijuana