Sunday, November 6, 2016

"The Engineer " Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking in the US

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat  from  Zeta Nov 6, 2016

by Carlos Alvarez

Mexican businessman Antonio Reynosa Gonzalez, 72 years old, also known as " The Engineer" , who was extradited to the US in October 2015, pled guilty  to cocaine trafficking Wednesday in Federal Court in San Diego, CA, 21 years after being accused of organizing shipments for the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to the LA Times, the now confessed drug trafficker, was also accused two decades ago of managing the first cross border tunnel found in 1993 near Otay Mesa and San Diego. "The Engineer" was extradited to the US after being arrested in Playas Tijuana.

The criminal faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for conspiracy to import cocaine and possession with intent to distribute. However, US prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of about  8 years, asking the judge to take into consideration the age, health and the acceptance of responsibility, among other factors of Antonio Reynoso.

(Below video Chapo using chili factories to distribute cocaine)



Reynoso Gonzalez, and two of his brothers , Jose and Jesus, and 20 other people were indicted in the Federal Court for the Southern District of California in 1995, to use a legitimate company, Distributors Basics, for a base of operations in Los Angeles, CA to store drugs belonging to the criminal group, the Sinaloa Cartel, then headed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera and then build a tunnel under the premises of the company's property.

When "El Chapo" was arrested in Guatemala in 1993, authorities found a map in one of their hideouts, which led to the discovery of the cross-border tunnel, nearly completed and ending at the sight of a warehouse in Otay Mesa, that functioned as another storage facility for Reynoso.

According to the allegations, "The Engineer" trafficked cocaine from Colombia toMexico, and from there to the Unites States using airplanes, trains, automobiles, and tunnels. The newspaper report says that nearly 7.3 tons of cocaine were loaded into 400 boxes of Comate Brand canned chilies and transported to the warehouse; that  same shipment was seized by Mexican Security forces along the way.

The Mexican businessman also has admitted to having organized and transported a shipment of 390 kilograms of cocaine in 1994. The cocaine was hidden in a boiler, being shipped from LA to Chicago where the cargo was seized. Reynoso was caught,
at the time, talking about the shipment.

Reynosa Antonio Gonzalez was one of 13 main objectives extradited to the United States a year ago, as part of renewed cooperation with Mexico to attack drug trafficking, said the LA Times article, written by Kristina Davis.

"The Engineer" lived publicly in Mexico for years after his indictment and became a “member of prominent social circles". In addition, he built a mansion from which one can see the border with the US.

According to a report from La Zeta, in July of 2015, Reynoso is originally from Jalostotitlan, Jalisco, and was accused of committing crimes between an unknown date until, at least, June 23, 1995 in the cities of Los Angeles, Ca and Chicago, Illinois.

The charges attributed to Reynoso Gonzalez include conspiracy to import and possess cocaine hydrochloride with intent to distribute, an offense established in Title 21 of the Penal Code of the United States of America.

However, the accused has claimed through the appellate process, that the criminal sentence against him has been served by the passage of time, a view that the trial judge and /or judges did not share nor guarantee.


23 comments:

  1. everything coming from mexico, filled with coke. this started with escobar.

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    1. Garcha was the only columbian running coke thru mexico for medillen. Pablo had no interest in mexico

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    2. Pablo helped people, and after sending stolen tombstones to the US he was an importer of electronics, I think he ran a mexican ELECTRA STYLE electrodomestics, he got paid for his drugs he sent to the USA...

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  2. Off topic.. another member of Los Antrax gets wacked in Culiacan

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    1. Please elaborate

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    2. El ke era jefe de seguridad de Los anthrax ... Lo mataron un commando de gatilleros... Por la misma calle donde se murio el sargento...se murio con Una Uzi camuflajiada ... Lol....el Latin lover

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    3. i thought el cali was the main guy

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  3. I am curious when he was detained in TJ, and how his protection got pulled.

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  4. Leave the old man alone. What greedy ba------

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    1. So right. Let the viejon go for F's sakes. He seems like a very intelligent man who took care of business for a long time making a lot of money for himself and others. He seems to be the brains, not the brawn. Not that he lacks the balls. This guy wasn't a straight sicario I'm guessing. They want to charge him for some keys from like 20 years ago. Regardless of how long it's been, let the man enjoy his family with his final years. My father is same age, and I would do the best I could to get the best lawyer to reduce his sentence. Fuck the criminal justice system in the US when it comes to drug cases. My two cents, thanks all at BB.

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    2. NO mercy, fack all them drug traffickers, they do not pay good salaries to their workers, and they knew the risks, pay when it is time to pay.
      --What I don't like is the on the gabacho they never bring down the BIG DRUG TRAFFICKERS AND ABSOLUTELY NOT ONE MONEY LAUNDERER, NATTE HOW MUCH MONEY THEY LAUNDERED...
      --it stinks of preferential treatment and privatized impunity for the private and reserved first class and socialized punishment, persecution and prison for the lower third class of the lowly mexican drug traffickers...

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  5. ¿Was he working with Don Mario el de Teocaltiche to get those chiles properly packed?

    ¿Anyone can share details on that op?

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  6. That man is as big as they come who knows how much he would of done had he never been caught.

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    1. just what ifs, just like him they are hundreds

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    2. just what ifs, just like him there is hundreds

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  7. "Distributors Basic"...worst name for a laundering company.

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  8. "... managing the first cross border tunnel found in 1993 near Otay Mesa and San Diego." Did you mean the first tunnel in San Diego? The first US/MX tunnel discovered was in Douglas, Arizona circa 1990.

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    1. I wondered the same thing. That is just the way it was put in the article.

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    2. Yaqui, After a while, it does not matter what was the first tunnel or the first man, there is only hope that maybe, you expect that the next will be better, or at least good enough, or somethin',

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  9. For a trafficker his life is about as good as it could be. He made a fortune over the years, ate good food and lived with family in massive homes and lived comfortably. He deserves to go to prison though for his crimes and he ll hopefully never see freedom again. You do the crime and eventually if your not killed you ll do your time no matter how old you are.

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    1. To catch an old guy after all he did, sounds like he was a double agent snitching for many years, now about to get released because settling of old accounts. "Probesito"

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  10. They all get caught eventually, too many snitches from sinaloa.

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  11. Any one know how much he got? I believe he was sentenced this friday.. chivis any idea on how to find out?

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