Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Zetas Money Laundering Case: Pancho Colorado gets 20 year sentence in his retrial

Lucio R. Borderland Beat from U.S. Press release and Archives
Pancho Cessa Colorado suffered heart attack in Louisiana courtroom in January re-trail
Note from Lucio: This is the second retrial won by Cessa Colorado on Appeal .  The  retrial was in January of this year  in the first trial for laundering, sentencing of the 20 years  was concurrent with the 5 years sentence in the first trial  for attempting  to bribe the judge.  

During his re-trial, Cessa Colorado was rushed to the hospital,  mid trial and under heavy security, suffering from chest pains.  The Shreveport Times published this report at the time:
“Cessa was rushed from court mid-trial Tuesday and transported under heavy security via ambulance to University Health where he was listed in stable condition, and released later the same day. 
He was back in the courtroom early Wednesday, sitting among his defense team wearing a hospital bracelet and sporting bandages on his arms and hand. A member of the defense team said he'd suffered a minor heart attack.
Despite Tuesday's medical emergency, court proceedings carried on as usual the next day as undercover officers took the stand to testify. These agents told the jury how Cessa, his son and his business partner reportedly attempted to pay off a federal judge in exchange for a shortened sentence on money laundering charges being levied against them in early 2014.”

U.S. Press release from today: 

United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William Cotter announced the arrest of Francisco Antonio Colorado-Cessa, a 55-year-old Veracruz, Mexico businessman. Colorado-Cessa was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for laundering Los Zetas drug proceeds and attempting to bribe a federal judge.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter ordered that Colorado-Cessa forfeit to the U.S. Government $60 million in U.S. Currency and property—proceeds seized by authorities involved in the money laundering scheme—including two planes and five bank accounts.

In December 2015, a federal jury in Austin convicted Colorado-Cessa, the owner of ADT Petroservicios, an oil services company in Mexico doing business with the Mexican National Oil Company PEMEX, of one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The conspiracy charge centered on a scheme to launder millions of dollars in Los Zetas drug distribution proceeds through purchasing, training, breeding and racing American quarter horses in the United States. Testimony during that trial revealed a shell game by Colorado Cessa, a close associate of the Zetas drug cartel’s top leaders including Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka “Z-40”), Oscar Omar Trevino Morales (aka “Z-42”), and others involving straw purchasers and transactions worth millions of dollars in New Mexico,

Oklahoma, California and Texas to disguise the source of the drug money and make the proceeds from the sale of quarter horses or their race winnings appear legitimate.

Over 400 quarter horses seized by federal authorities in June 2012 as part of the above mentioned money laundering operation have been sold for approximately $12 million. One of the seized horses, Tempting Dash, winner of the Dash for Cash at Lone Star Park race track in Grand Prairie, TX, in October 2009, sold at an auction for a record $1.7 million in November 2013.

In January 2016, a separate federal jury found Colorado-Cessa guilty of one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official and one substantive count of bribery, by offer or promise, of a public official. Evidence during trial revealed that Colorado-Cessa and others conspired in 2013 to pay a $1.2 million bribe to a federal judge in order to secure a reduced sentence for Colorado-Cessa in the above-mentioned money laundering case. According to court records, at no time before or during this investigation was the federal judge involved in the alleged criminal activity.

“Today’s re-sentencing of Francisco Colorado-Cessa to 20 years in prison is confirmation that the American public is steadfast in their conviction that he was properly found guilty of money laundering and bribery the first time,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William Cotter, San Antonio Field Office. “Even with a second trial, the jury quickly came to the same conclusion –guilty. IRS Criminal Investigation was proud to be part of the law enforcement team that brought this criminal to justice.”

“The sentence handed down today ends years of litigation, and imposes significant punishment upon the defendant. The FBI appreciates the hard work and dedication of all the prosecutors and agents who have handled this important case, which demonstrates our collective commitment to protect the United States from the violence and corruption associated with Mexican drug cartels,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

This investigation was conducted by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the United States Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) and U.S. Border Patrol. Other judicial districts involved in this matter include the Western District of Oklahoma, Central District of California, Southern District of Texas, District of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Below is his appeal

58 comments:

  1. If you think your going to pay off judges in the U.S. cartles, think again the U.S. hands out minimum 20 year prison sentences like candy on halloween

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    1. Panocha Colorado got 20 years!!!

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    2. They do handout 20s like candy at a parade but they also take bribes..do some research you'll be surprised.

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    3. The Chicago Mob owned almost every judge in Chicago for 50+ years. You're naive if you think some judges (especially those in debt, or with young girlfriends) won't sell themselves. I t happens a LOT more than you think.

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    4. 5:46 you might be right and maybe 9:22 needs to do some research but it would have been great for him and many other readers if you gave us some examples from your extensive research..

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    5. and that was eighty years ago.

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    6. You guys keep urging over Panocha. Stop it, he's locked up now.

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    7. Panocho Colorado turned into the Blue Waffler, singing the blues in US PRIson because he cain't make bail these times...
      --It is not a heart attack when they catch you opening one eye to see how you are impressing people with all the ūüé≠ acting.
      --only chivis can get away with that all the time!

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    8. 2:23pm
      Ewwww, Panocha turned blue. Stop it!

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    9. 10:59 everything in prison turns to blue, except for the white apache sheriff arpaiovs pink calzones and pink hamburger.
      --The blue waffle is said to be a new STD, denied by the government as always, because people can't find anybody to hook with...

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  2. This guy and many like him helped Zetas to become rich and powerful enough to buy politicians and leach and kill fellow Mexicans for years,guys like this.Ha ha ha,,he pulled a sicky as well

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    1. And that is nothin' compared to the MONEY IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS CARLOS ROMERO DESCHAMPS STEALS FROM PEMEX WITH OFFICIAL IMPUNITY FROM THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT...
      --i don't understand the charges, like manuel noriega, Omar torrijos, el negro durazo, pablo escobar, el Panocho Colorado must have been talking to the wrong people and said something very bad, because then there is no forgiveness from the american side of the M O B...

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  3. Does he have any appeals left ? Got all his horses taken away and wont live long enough to see freedom again .

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    1. Jajajaaaaa, el Panocho Colorado traded all his horses for unas patas en el jundillo, and now he is throwing patadas de ahogado en la corte...it should have been "mi reino por un caballo!" Or "my kingdom for a horse" to really make the great history book.

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    1. 12:17 martin evenes, Ocupas JALE? Que cinico eres, nos van a echara a bote a todos por 'solicitation'...

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  5. Fucking snitch thats what he deserves and then some

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  6. Any updates on Z40??? Does anyone know?

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    1. 2:22 yep thank God, must be planning the next Chapo serenade, how about a Big Banda to play Glenn Miller's "I'm in the mood" to El Chapo?
      Banda norte√Īa or sinaluense style of course, from outside the pen....mejor aun, al estilo ZACATECAS...

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  7. 20 years? That's not enough.

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  8. He tried 2 pull a Suge Knight. Maybe thought they'd show him some compassion. I bet his face was COLORADO. - El Sol Perdido

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  9. is he really a snitch, are just a hard working business man from Mexico. Many Mexican business men invest in Texas.
    That the way we do business in Mx. pay off the judge. Really 20 years could have been Life. Its takes a lot of money to pay off a US Judge.

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    1. lol he was a very hard worker he had a hot dog cart in the street lol i hope this piece of Shit Rots in the us supermax lol he will never see mexico again and i'm glad cockroach....

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    2. Mexican Pride And Joy Mobster Harry 'the Hook' Aleman won his case the first time by taking out the element of jeopardy in his murder case for 10 000.00 dollars, the judge decided he should have charged more, then killed himself when it all blew open, the hook got back to court and got life on the first double jeopardy case in the US, but the Outfit was something back then in Chicago, Durango Mex was proud of its favorite son 'the hook'

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    3. El Bertie Boy Moreira, made millions of dollars from a boarded up car wash, and a walled in piece of land, commissions from million dollar football fields with nothing but weeds on them, and police headquarters nobody uses but look like made for star wars movie sets, television radio and print propaganda for pe√Īa nieto, and he got rescued from Spain's prison, and the calsetin with grifa and el cell phone they got outta his ass returned...wonder why his friends are not helping el Panocho Colorado now? He was good buddy...

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  10. Is Z40 still in jail?

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  11. How about the Cuba with the Castros. Very rich family. Obama is making deals for when he leaves office. Drugs have made castro a lot $$$$

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    1. Drug trafficker, cuban Air Force hero, General Arnoldo Ochoa confessed, took upon himself to save the Cuban Revolution and got jusilado (shot by firing squad)
      --When Raul Castro dies, general Arnoldo Ochoa should be.made a hero again, meanwhile, obamanos and raul keep restoring the american Mob to it's rightful place in cuba, full of pederasta oriented tourism, casinos, prostitution and graft, to make Santos Trafficante and Fulgencio Batistas's heirs proud...

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  12. Poor guys got heart problems let him go home

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    1. That shouldn't matter. Let him suffer like the innocents that have been affected by the drug war

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    2. Murder she said..
      El Panocho Colorado never had health problems in mexico, now it is all rash and burns...
      --But when he was selling cheap hydrocarburos to the US importers Don Pancho Colorado was the biiig shit...
      Anyways, he can appeal again, his lawyers will be happy to appeal as many times as it takes...
      --as long as they keep getting paid

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    3. 942 in that case the ones who should suffer are the ones who started the war on drugs, it's funny because they are also the ones who let the drugs come in to this country

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    4. 11:59 nixxon and elvis?
      --Or the meth precursors aka "rogue agents" that came in latter with the voodoo economics of the reaganautas?

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  13. This article makes no sense. It first says he won 2 appeals but then says he lost and got 20 yrs...wtf?

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    1. yes he did but he also received 5 for the bribe it doesn't make clear if they are concurrent (meaning served together)

      I will look on pacer when I have time and see if I can see court notes to make it clear. but bottom line there were two separate cases and at different times he won a new trial for each appeal.

      He also predicted he would win new trials.....and be set free

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    2. You win the appeal, that is for a new trial, then you lose the new trial and get 20 years more and your money confiscated?
      --On the US, residents and citizens have one big.priblem, and it is GROWING...
      --It is the judiciary for sale , for profit, for power, splitting the fees, fines, resuscitated tickets ordinary ignorant people earn all day long 24/7...
      --It has its origins in "no new taxes" promises and values...

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    3. @7:51 Winning an appeal doesn't mean you go free. If you win the appellant court usually sends the case back to the trial court for a new trial. That is how you can win then lose.

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    4. It is like a catch 22, there should be a catch cal.50 where the perp decides PLATA O PLOMO, toda la plata, for his freedom, otherwise how can we the decent men try to get rich?

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    5. Appeals should be earned with different judges juries and prostiturers, to spread the wealth around you know? Maybe increase the chances of the accused, a change of venue, how about a prisoner exchange? How many american prisoners it may take to release el Panocho Colorao?
      --How about some millions of dollars to obamanos favorite charity for a presidential pardon, this is no ordinary prole jornalero, I don't know, maybe now, el Panocho Colorao understands the means of "why hath thou forsaken me"?

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  14. one other thing. i recall reading after the guilty verdict in a texas newspaper that he was getting a longer sentence in the retrials. but it doesn't look that it was...exactly the same.

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    1. @Chivis, do you know any updates on Z40?

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  15. OK...I checked pacer and aside from the sentencing of yesterday nothing in transcript is up yet. they did release previously sealed transcripts. one is 161 pages the other 60 or so. I will upload to scribd when I can today or tomorrow and you can read through them. I will post the links.

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  16. end is horrible for them

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    1. Yes u are right they live the good life either killed r prison

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  17. That old man will mostl likely spent his last days in an American jail, which is much better then retiring in even a Z controlled jail. As far as bribe goes, "It couldn't hurt to ask." The worst they said was 'No,' plus 5 yrs. he might not make 5 period. And 60 million seized ...

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  18. These people are STUPID . Why does all the cheer leader get behind these dumb asses . Few passed Jr high if that far . They drop out because its to hard for them . All these assholes are able to operate because violence and intimidation .
    It was common knowledge at Ruidoso Downs who was in that stable . "The Zetas Stable" . They were eating that shit up . Like the dumb fucks were immune . The living ones may not be getting full justice , but a slice of it . The US judicial system needs more of their assets . Especially if we have to take care of the trail of destruction the leave behind . The drug addicts are not self sufficient and welfare ect so on to their children . Especially if their locked up . I think we need to execute these rats and bury them in unmarked graves or render them down into fertilizer .
    Everybody has to suffer because of the dealer and the addict . The close one is to them the more they suffer.

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    1. 1024? Do you understand what you wrote or are you just tightly hanging on to your saddle bags?
      While yes, some may suffer because of the dealer and the addict, many suffer because of the addiction to power, which is just as, if not more, damaging to the people. The dealer and the addict are individualized, power is not...other wise it would not be power. Power is not only deadly yet a deadly force, which encompasses everything down the line that includes Stockholm syndrome.

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    2. 10:24 blaming the dealer or the addict or both is infantile at this stage, after all the trillions of dollars spent fighting AND losing every imaginable war in the world, to ill equipped drug dealers, narcos, islamo-fascistas, communistas, money launderers terroristas and US Corporate Welfare Queens that depend on government largesse to live like they think they deserve, there is no room for blaming the dealers or the addicts...
      --the leadership chose the silver, a while ago, like judas, and that is the bottom line...

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  19. Z42 will be out sooner than t hi is guy

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  20. The Zetas Vieja Guardia y Grupo Bravo(Zeta Old Guard and Groupo Bravo) against CDN/Trevino fight is starting to get serious.Werko Kiloz/CDN was still postin pics this month"Cuidando ami Comandante"but hes now put smileys over his face,the Cmdtes,Vale,Mone,Quintero,Comino,many more CDN,an the rest are all under 20 and all dead?
    Maybe Old Guard are trying to heat Nuevo Laredo now?The post on Valor makes you wonder on the sources and influence of CDN/Trevino.Lets see who has the power,and who starts to go down ?

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    1. What's the Facebook of Werko Kilos???

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  21. Gordo Cherrys plaza boss in Mata killed by the Ciclones ?A lot of activity in the brechas and shot up trucks,Bebe,Diablillo CDG tortured and killed,CDG are at it again ?

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    1. Yes very good news bad guy

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  22. I guess you got one less mugroso extorting his kind..Lock them all up for the good of humanity..

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  23. The vato on the horse looks a Lot like ines coronel

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  24. Joaquin Guzman Lopez, hijo del Chapo Guzman caught in Zapopan Jalisco with 20 million dollars cash? On YouTube, noticias del ferras...

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  25. More dope discovered.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/28/game-wardens-find-drug-bundles-in-south-padre-island-dunes.html?intcmp=hplnws

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