Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Wealth of CJNG

Translated by Chuck B Almada for Borderland Beat from a Reporte Indigo article
Monday 26 September, 2016
Written by Luis Herrera (Report Indigo)
The Wealth of the Cartel
From its inception in 2010 until recent days, the local prosecutor’s office has seized from CJNG a lot with 211 vehicles, including seven tractor trailers, 24 real estate properties that served as operation bases. Additionally, the PGR (State Attorney’s Office) has seized an additional 160 million pesos.


 Material resources and logistics used by CJNG have been exposed as a result of the battle between state forces and this criminal group.  Since its inception in 2010 until 2016, the prosecutor’s office has seized from CJNG a lot with 211 vehicles, 24 real estate properties that served to carry out their illegal activities, commercial wires, and even a camp. The vehicles were seized from 33 different municipalities in Jalisco, in other words, from one fourth of the municipalities of Jalisco. This is also a representation of their territorial presence in most part of the state. The real estate properties were seized from 11 different municipalities.
On May 10, the PGR revealed that their Organized Crime Investigative Unit (SIEDO) had seized 34 properties and 139 vehicles from CJNG. The PGR reported that the value of all the properties seized is 91 million 591 thousand 466 pesos. Among these properties is the tourist hotel by the name of Hotelito Desconocido de Tomalan with a value of 20 million 601 thousand and 911 pesos.  The vehicles were valued by PGR at 36 million 240 thousand and 16 pesos. According to a PGR spokesperson:


"Due to the capture of several of their main members, the PGR, through SIEDO, has seized from a criminal group that operates mainly in Jalisco, close to 160 million pesos in real state, luxury vehicles, jewelry, aircraft, bank accounts, and exotic animals.”
On April 8, 2015, when The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the US included CJNG and their allies, in their list and blocked their assets, the US Department of the Treasury assured that the cartel already had operations in the US, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.  

Clear Disadvantage
Unlike the properties seized from CJNG, there are very few municipal governments in Jalisco that have a fleet of at least 211 vehicles to carry out their security tasks, or municipal governments that have at their disposal 24 real estate properties also for security purposes. According to Mexico's National Statistic and Geography Office (INEGI), Jalisco only has two municipalities with more than 200 vehicles used for public safety; Guadalajara with 873 and Zapopan with 643 while the rest of the 123 municipalities are below the 200 vehicle fleet. There are 59 municipalities that don’t even have a single building dedicated to public safety, and 30 others only have one.


The same applies to the ability of CJNG to recruit members. On August 18, the national security commissioner, Renato Sales revealed that days prior to the operation at Rancho del Sol in Tanhuato that took place on May 22, 2015, the CJNG assembled an army of 700 armed members. In Jalisco, there are only 3 municipalities that have at least 700 police officers: Guadalajara, Zapopan, and Tlaquepaque. Since the CJNG inception through 2015, 406 of their members have been arrested.


Expansion
From all the seizures of vehicles and real estate, Zapopan is the municipality where most of the seizures have taken place. Of the 211 seized vehicles, 39 were taken from Zapopan, in other words, one fifth of the total vehicles. The others cities with most of the seizures are Tlaquepaque with 27, Guadalajara with 24, Tonala with 12, and El Salto with 10. Among those vehicles, 12 are motorcycles, seven tractor trailers, as well as at least 23 luxury brands such as BMW, Lincoln, Audi, Cadillac, Bentley, Jaguar, Hummer, Mercedes, and GMC.

As far as the real estate properties, 9 were seized from Zapopan, 3 from Guadalajara, two from Cocula, Tlaquepaque, and Tonala, and one in Acatlan, Tala, Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Tepatitlan, Zacoalco, and Zapotlanejo. Additionally, there is a camp seized in Acatlan, two carwashes in Zacoalco, Zapotlanjejo, and a brick factory in Tlaquepaque.
Financial Blows

The attack against the financial structure of CNJG from the Prosecutor’s Office is still very weak. Jalisco has a forfeiture law since 2011, but it wasn’t until this past August when they were first used it. Eduardo Almaguer Ramirez spoke about the two instances in which this law was used when a real estate property in Zapopan that was used during a kidnapping was seized; the second house involved a case related to drug sales in Tlaquepaque. It was not clear if these two cases were linked to CJNG.
Additionally, there is a studio and 22 more real estate properties in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara in which this law could be applied to. Unlike the PGR, the state has not proceeded with seizing any bank accounts related to CJNG, in fact, they have only seized 598 thousand 790 pesos and 13 thousand 899 US dollars. PGR on the other hand has seized from CJNG 19 million, 451 thousand 863 pesos and 621 thousand 86 US dollars in cash. Additionally, PGT seized 10 bank accounts with 2 million 753 thousand 96 pesos; 348 livestock with a total value of 767 thousand 426 pesos and jewelry worth at least 7 million 930 thousand 179 pesos.

To date, the OFAC has blacklisted 31 companies identified as laundering illicit funds for CJNG and Los Cuinis; 25 of those companies are from Jalisco and are hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, airlines, tequilas, real estate, among others. On April 4, the director of OFAC noted the following about the big network of business of los Cuinis"
 “The Treasury will continue to expose and isolate the financial providers of this wealthy and powerful criminal organization and its leader, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia,”

54 comments:

  1. These guys have cash but not what the government says! Abigael (Cuini) almost got out of prision! PGR asked for 20 million DLLs but talks took a halt! He has no charges in Mexico,just some bogus murder in Nayarit their trying to get him on! Extradition for sure! When they got Cuini In Vallarta,he didnt have a kilo or guns,the government plants that on u! He got arrested cause a Colombian he was with snitched on him,he left the table from the restaurant they were in 5 minutes before getting arrested!

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    1. Why Wld the Colombian snitch on him.in Mexico people think snitching is ok. Look there first. Mencho probably snitched on him like he did the other valencias.

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    2. @336...did u know theirs DEA in Colombia? U can snitch anywhere! Mencho didn't rat on him,thats his brother in law! What other Valencia's? Lobo?

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  2. Que 701 y que vergas con los de jalisco no se comparan cjng es mas grand mas rico mas poderoso y no son presumidos punto

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    1. No son de Jalisco wey, son de Michoacán.

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    2. 1:12 both, and others help, there are even former army, marinas, judiciales, GAFES, kaibiles and uno quiotro perro working for them, los miagras, H3, military zone commanders allied? Some? Even epn was a suspect, until people started seeing the evidence of collusion and some rebels started getting more fans than epn, like Dr Mireles, now epn persecuted his buddies again with his new polesia nazional and military to cover up his tracks to save his "PRIsidency"

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  3. There's been rumors out for many years that el mayo owns about 20+ McDonalds just in Sinaloa, one of the biggest dairy/milk chains in Mexico and that's just scratching the surface. These are legit enterprises that the government would find it nearly impossible to confiscate or shut down. Point being is CDS and every other major cartel who's capos are from Sinaloa have been laundering money, acquiring properties and entities for 20-30 some even 50 years like mayo and y'all want us to believe los Gonzalez/Valencia along with menso and his tweaker armed wing cartel cjng have acquired more wealth?? No way. Sinaloa families like arrellano felix, blo, Carrillo, araujo, caro, mendez, guzmans just to name a few would make it rain on these dudes.

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    1. Not mention guzman family owned all the dominoes pizza in culiacan and I mean all the MZ tiendas ring a bell??? Caro quintero owns half of zapopan

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    2. Not to mention los cunis cjng own Europe thats where they do business

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    3. Mz is mercados zaragoza

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    4. Cjng does not own Europe the drug dealers there do

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    5. 9:38-They could confiscate big business's and sell them.There's a rumor here that 'Saputo' a big dairy yogurt maker is owned by the Mafia.

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    6. To you Special Agent It's not like these guys are beginner's they had enough brains to take down one of the biggest and strongest criminal organization in Mexico and are currently working on taking out another. They have money how did they manage to switch an entire state to work for them. But you already knew this your just fishing for a bigger bone go look for them if you want to find out more.

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    7. Well, guys, I don't think any mexican mobster has taken over any legitimate franchises on the US, or the illegitimate, the CIA owned them all, mexican mobsters and their little industries, then the DEA relieves sometimes, or the mexican government, "relieves" the narcos of turf and property, that why they let them work it for a while...

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    8. It is all DEA and mexico bullshit hype. These peasants are not making billions in europe or asia its just a joke, The chinese sell the chemicals the mexicans use to make meth. Asian cooked meth long before the mexicans, Onoy a retard would think the chinese and also japanese crime groups are not controlling the meth in asia, -coke is bought straught from south ameria with no mexicans involved both for europe and asia. The americans always need to hype up bad guys to justify wasting billions of tax dollars and that is the only reason they have such hard on to hype these peasants,

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    9. @5:03... you sound like a peasant yourself, you can't even spell right, and obviously can't use a computer to it's full potential.. they have spellcheckers now a days you know?

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    10. @5:03 peasants huh. Come down into Mexico and say that shit. You'll get your ass snatched up so quick you'll regret you ever spoke. Mass murders and helicopters falling out of the sky is not the work of peasants. - El Sol Perdido

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  4. You guys heard how Mencho talked to that cop. Only very rich and powerful men are allowed to speak to law enforcement higher-ups, like that. The fact of the matter is, the drug industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. There will always, ALWAYS, be someone there to collect that money, no matter how many Chapos you put under the jail. It goes against every moral bone in my body but, I say fuck it just legalize it all and spare the fine people of southwestern and northern Mexico any further suffering.

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    1. Doing that will cause even more suffering because then the cartels will switch to extortion,kidnapping and any other illicit activity in order to replace drugs

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    2. It starts with eliminating the fuero, a privilege that grants immunity against prosecution to government officials. This includes the governors, deputies, judges, the attorney general, mayors and officials at autonomous agencies. Eliminating the fuero makes all of these 'honest, hard working and civic minded officials' subject to prosecution for criminal activity. Of the 32 federal entities, so far only 2, Jalisco and Querétaro, have eliminated the protection affored by the fuero. Golly gee whizzzzzzz, I wonder why?? Maybe it's time for epn to grow a pair. Or, could it be that he will remain nutless, because he too could face prosecution if all 32 federal entities eliminated the fuero? Hmmmm.....

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    3. Hear you loud and clear 9:26!

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    4. They're already doing that.

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    5. 1:01 who is doing what?
      Job#1 was find epn and la pinchi gaviota not guilty...
      it got done.
      Job#2 find impunity and escape clauses and valves for all the other crooks, make punishment for past sins or errors a no, no done....

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  5. Tres questions
    1. What does the government do with the seized assets?
    2. Is this haul 10%, 25%, or what % of the cartel's estimated fortune?
    3. Why do narco drug lords collect exotic wild animals?

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    1. 2:12 pos se roban todo güey, pa eso los dejan trabajar, pa que engorden el marranito, y valiendo madre con las paraestatales, los pinchis gobiernos ya no hallan a quién robar o qué mas robarse, ora roban a sus partners in crime, LOGICO, NO?

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    2. question 4 is. why do you reply in spanish when the question was in english?

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    3. Answer #4 yo habla espiky no se bien la diferencia.translate.
      They, the government steals everything, that is why they let them work to let the piggy get fat, since they don't have the paraestatales, (the state owned enterprises), the facking governments are having a hard time finding new victims of their robberies or what else to steal, so now the government is robbing their partners in crime, LOGICO, NO? Hope you like the broken english.

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  6. Peso conversion equals....they seized about 20 bucks from them and took back a boat load of stolen cars. Good.

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  7. There getting exposed that's why there fighting themselves in south baja there going down

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  8. There putting the spotlight on cjng

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  9. I love these posts with all the long " boring " numbers and statistics.........they tell the real story .
    thanks Chuck

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    1. 8:25 yeah, since El Papa came to mexico the mexican government became "soo saintly"...more so in preparation for the TPP takeover of the mexican shores whose ports will be managed by the pierdant, not by the florida apartments guy, he is just a friend, "but by his sister"...

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  10. Doing a good job take from them . Not good enough . TAKE MORE ! Break these sorry sons of bitches . Then when they get so disturbed about it they want to throw themselves into gun battles kill their ass and the world will be that much better for it

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  11. Looks like an awesome read for a CPA...

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  12. Remember how Mencho talked to mayo? lol

    Something along the lines of.. "si senior, si jefe, si papi..si si si. "

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    1. When was that? El mayo is the biggest coward i know, he has all his children locked up in the states and doesn't come out of his rathole, his kids must be very proud of they're dad

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    2. Hes mabe in a hole much deeper than chapos

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  13. Mencho and Cuinis got the European market on lock .Nacho Coronel was el Rey del Cristal but Sr Mencho took over .

    CJNG Gente de trabajo .

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    1. wrong the Italians and Colombians have the Euro market

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    2. 12:22 la mencha did not kill nacho coronel, fué el gobierno, maybe to make la mencha and los cuinis lives easy, it is like la chapa did not arrest el mochomo or extradited him sooo quickly to the US or sent the marinas, army, navy and air force to kill Tony Tormenta or el barbas, it is always somebody high up in government vs one or another narco.

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  14. Mencho got 100 million USD to let the Chapitos brothers free

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    1. He did not get nothing he just gave them a warning that cjng could get them when they feel like it

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  15. Cjng is stronger than cds, chapos kids are not good for business.

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  16. Another thing. Los cuinis supposed to be the richer ones.seems like in this article los cuinis and the cjng (el cartel de los torcidos) is looked as one unit.

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    1. They are and not the same,their together but mencho doesn't have to ask the cuinis for permission and the cuinis don't have to ask mencho for permission to do anything,they consult thou!

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  17. What's the point of having all that wealth if you can't enjoy it.. mencho is enrolled in Kingpin Act right?

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    1. It puts order in the politicians narco-business, they don't want to be dealing with the grameros themselves or anything bigger and get extradited, there must be at least 6 degrees of separation, unless you are real greedy like epn.

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  18. Nothing compared to the piles of cash that the Cartel de Tijuana and Juarez made in the 90s.

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  19. A mid ranked trafficker in cds probably makes more than mencho tbh. Coming from someone that hates those snitches too.

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  20. Ya mero sale el chapo y se arregla todo..

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    1. El sapo no va arreglar nada. Ya se le acabo la Fiesta ase pone dedos

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  21. I was there when this happened it was the summer of Woodstock 1969

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    1. 12:26 La chapa tenia 9 años de edad, I mean:
      "la chapa was 9 year old" todo un maldito Speedy Gomzalez...

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