Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Giant meth chemical supplier: Zhenli Ye Gon extradited from U.S. transferred to Altiplano

Guest Reporter Siskiyou_kid for Borderland Beat Material from South China post, EL Universal, Sinembargo

A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking, whose house infamously contained a mountain of cash weighing 2 tons, was handed over by US authorities to Mexican authorities as he has exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his lawyer told Reuters.

Zhenli Ye Gon’s July 2007 arrest in the United States and the seizure of USD $205 million in cash at his Mexico City home several months earlier, played a role in high-profile money laundering investigations by US authorities at the British banking giant HSBC and the Las Vegas Sands Corp. casino company. The discovery of the money, almost entirely consisting of US$100 bills, along with a few pesos and Hong Kong dollars, was hailed as the biggest cash seizure in drug enforcement history.
US prosecutors charged Ye Gon, the former owner of the now defunct Mexican pharmaceutical wholesaler Unimed Pharm Chem, with importing chemicals that cartels allegedly used to produce the illegal drug methamphetamine. Ye Gon’s attorney, Gregory Smith, says his client was a legitimate businessman.

The case collapsed in 2009 after key witnesses recanted or refused to testify, according to court records. Since then, Ye Gon has been imprisoned in a Virginia jail, held on the basis of an extradition request from Mexico, where he faces charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

Last month, the U.S. State Department approved a request from Mexico that Ye Gon be sent back to the country to face charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal possession of guns.

Ye Gon’s attorney Gregory Smith, has fought extradition, arguing in court that Ye Gon would likely be tortured or killed if he returns to Mexico.

In asking for a stay, Ye Gon’s attorneys argued that he would be tortured or killed by corrupt prison officials if extradited. As evidence, they pointed to United Nations reports documenting such practices, along with sworn statements from two of Ye Gon’s co-defendants, who said they were beaten, placed handcuffed in dark cells and forced to kneel on broken glass.


“He’s not going to make it there, judge,” attorney Greg Smith of Washington, D.C., told Conrad. “He’s not going to make it if he’s sent back to Mexico.”

Smith has argued that media accounts of Ye Gon cooperating with US authorities, which his previous attorneys have denied, as well as his claims that the US$205 million found in his house belonged to Mexican politicians, will make him a target of violence in Mexico.

In court papers, Smith also cites two co-defendants of Ye Gon’s who have both said in sworn statements that they were tortured in Mexican custody.

“There is a very serious risk he will be tortured or killed in prison to the point where I’m losing sleep over it,” Smith said in an interview.

Earlier this month, Ye Gon, 53, exhausted his legal options when a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia rejected a bid to have his extradition reconsidered.
Gold plated military grade weapons were seized from the mansion 
The court ruled that it could not interfere with the decision of the US State Department, which decided last year that Ye Gon should be handed over to Mexico.

In China
John Kirby, a State Department spokesman, declined to comment on the case, but said that before deciding to extradite someone, the US government must be satisfied an individual would not be tortured and would receive a fair trial.

In a last ditch effort, asked the US Supreme Court for an emergency stay of the extradition next week. But the Supreme Court failed to immediately intervene, giving way for the US authorities placing Ye Gon on a plane to Mexico, Smith said.

 Ye Gon is a Chinese national born in Shanghai with Mexican citizenship. (his attempt to renounce his Mexican citizenship failed)

Court documents said that in 2004 his company, Unimed Pharm Chem, had become the third largest importer in Mexico of pseudo-ephedrine. The chemical is commonly used as a nasal decongestant and can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The March 2007 raid of Ye Gon’s mansion led to a money laundering investigation of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. where Ye Gon was a high-stakes baccarat player, according to court papers. The Sands admitted it should have recognized Ye Gon’s suspicious transactions. The casino company paid US$47 million to the government as part of a 2013 settlement with the US Department of Justice.

Reuters reports: “The March 2007 raid of Ye Gon's mansion led to a money laundering investigation of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. where Ye Gon was a high-stakes baccarat player, according to court papers. The Sands admitted it should have recognized Ye Gon’s suspicious transactions. The casino company paid $47 million to the government as part of a 2013 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ye Gon's accounts at HSBC were the subject of a broader U.S. federal money laundering investigation of the bank, according to court papers. In 2012 HSBC agreed to a $1.9 billion settlement with U.S. authorities after admitting that its poor controls had allowed drug cartels to launder at least $881 million.”

Mexico did not retain the seized money, “it was counted and deposited in several Mexican Bank accounts" and his property sold with all profits going to the Mexican government.

Along with the U.S. currency:
A large cache of fine jewels
18 million Mexican pesos
200,000 euros
113,000 Hong Kong dollars

11 gold bullion pure gold coins 




Below is Ye Gon's application for asylum, note his undying support for PRI political party

44 comments:

  1. I'm in the wrong business. Have you ever seen a sad person on a million dollar yacht?

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    1. 12:53 not for sure but as you can see there are certainly many sad ex millionaires . I can say if you switch over to this business I hope they make you sad . Call me a troll if you like but I hate drug dealers . Maybe its good that I have no authority because whatever this guy gets he deserves .

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    2. He will be free soon in mexico

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    3. "Copelas o cuello"
      Pero ahi andaba de caliente.

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  2. hey Chivas can I get a little shout out plz lol I told you guys a while back about how this guy and mencho met. great job on this one BB keep up the great work

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    1. Yes I remember! But here is the deal...it must have been when Milenio was in existence before CJNG or the math doesn't compute. Right? BTW how did you know this? write to my email address it you want to keep it private. I have been a little confused on the timing. I changed the title a bit because of that. I have a ton of documents on Ye Gon but wanted to post just the one above and the indictment, but the indictment was bare bones broiler plate stuff not very interesting. Paz

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    2. how do I email u. sorry not really computer savvy

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    3. Chicos,it seems cold cup and me know people,maybe we collaborate..send me ur email again please and ask him if it's cool to collaborate

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    4. Saludos Chema hope all is well

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  3. Look at him lol that's how you know you got money. Pulled up in a u.s. plane to Mexico like "I'm back"

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    1. Not all cultures and especially religions surround money. Zhenli Ye's has an education that is in high demand, hence has the ability to earn good money in various ways whether legally and/or illegally. With most Asian religions, they reach for Nirvana not Karma in life for death. The money kept in his house appears to represent a gift or he would not have kept such a large amount in his house. Yes, he has money, so no reason to worry of karma

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    2. Chinese dont trust banks that why he kept his money in his house

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    3. @ 2:53 your a jackass lol like he is happy to me getting off a us plane in mexico you must be dumb if they send him to mexico he is f***** to be exact so dont think he is happy go lucky about the situation as you portray

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    4. You mean HAD money?

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  4. Javier duarte de ochoa for his part has disappeared from veracruz, after requesting license to leave the governor's job "indefinitely" governor yarrington still missing, sonora governor Eduardo bours, former governor Guillermo Padres, Mario villanueva, the graniers, the femat, moreiros, all the mexican corrupt governors must be hiding in a convent or sompim'...

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  5. That's the Valencia cartel,cartel del millenio/ money, now cjng. they been in the game for years.

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  6. His wife was already offed by the Mexican authorities.

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  7. Once in mexico his back in business

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  8. "Copelas o cuello" como dijo el chino

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  9. Nuthugger or cheerleaderOctober 19, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Chivas word on the street is chapos kids running wild orderd the hit on the judge. Just showing nieto they were in charge

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    1. Why would they? Isn't he the one who postponed the extradition process?

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  10. Judge on chapo's case executed.

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  11. I wonder how much money it really was before the corrupt cops filled their pockets.

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  12. And. this is when he needs to give EPN a buzz..
    This is his only ticket out of the current situation.

    If he can't do that then he better hope that the judges and the prison warden are staunch priístas..

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  13. He will be murdered in mexico

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  14. Canadian girl

    "Bumper stickers saying “I believe the Chinaman” even went on sale in Mexico" cuz according to Ye Gon 'Mexico’s Labor Secretary, Javier Lozano Alarcon, had threatened to kill unless he agreed to hide duffel bags stuffed with tens of millions of dollars in his house, Ye Gon alleged. He even claimed that if the PAN lost then the money would be used to finance “terrorist” activities.

    Ye Gon's wife too was sentenced to prision.

    Read story "Cousin of Chinese-Mexican meth kingpin sentenced to 25 years in jail"
    https://thetequilafiles.com/2014/08/01/cousin-of-chinese-mexican-meth-kingpin-sentenced-to-25-years-in-jail/

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    1. He could have given the money to justices :)

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    2. 5:39 genny, genny, genny, do you think the mexican authorities returned one mexican cent of his money to Zhenli?
      --It is equivalent to about 1/20 of 1 red penny, $0.01 usd
      Besides the fact that it was mexico's labor secretary javier lozano alacran's, he is now a senator expecting to make presidente somehow in the future, he is one more corrupt lambegüebos, PRI, PRIANAL, PAN, PVEM, PRD, NO PROBLEM, he is not oblessed with personal power, as long as he is allowed some power to impose on some people, the mexican regime could return to javier lozano "his 200+ billion dollars zhenli was keeping safe for him".
      --but I doubt genarco garcia luna will accept that...

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  15. Nothing will happen to this guy, if anything I bet he wanted to be extradided.

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  16. I remember this guy.."Copelas o cuello" lol

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  17. Big fish... he's good. If the lawyers were trying to say he will get killed as an excuse for no extradite, then he won't get killled. The little guy gets killed, not the one with assloads of cash in his mansion.....

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    1. haha you think all that money was his? Try again, this guy is a dead man in Mexico. He lost 200 million of Mayos money..

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    2. Depends how much juice he has with China.
      If China says hands off then its hands off!

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  18. Ye Gon now, B-bye!

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  19. 1. if you get involved in such activities, you know the consequense and tge risk that you run, why act as if you fear many things knowing thats what you had coming.

    2. having the influence this man has he can easily make money, why resist extradiction when in a Mexican cell he will be able to buy luxury and have enough freedom, maybe even buy his way out

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  20. Who received that seized cash? I would think that if this guy was able to import for years, he's made some hefty political contributions. Just depends on which side. PRI or pan. If pri, the govt will pull another rcq
    Mn

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    1. The USA took it and supposedly the interest generated from that money was gonna be sent to Mexico,but who knows what really happened

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    2. Chema, como eres güey, FINDERS KEEPERS says the money found in zhenli's residence IN MEXICO CITY was stolen by the mexican government, and they are some stupid ratz, but they will not share that with the US, the US does not share la chuky's money or properties with mexico, or the moreiros or anybody else, not osiel's 200 million fine, nor vicente zambada niebla's 2 billion dollar fine...
      YOU ARE FIRED!

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    3. U don't know shit...u gotta inform Ur self before making stupid comments! Money was sent to USA,after that I don't know what happened!

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    4. Not so.
      and as if Mexico would agree to that.
      The U.S. was told Mexico did not keep the money in eveidence just seized and kept it.

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  21. He is better off in Mexico....with the help of his son Chin Wong he will still be in business...

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    1. Better off in Mexico? He is as good as dead as soon as he crosses the border. He lost 200 million of the Sinaloa Cartels money.

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  22. British banking giant HSBC
    Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation


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