Friday, December 23, 2016

12 Members of some of Tijuana's most prominent families arrested for money laundering in an operation where the DEA participated

Original article available at Jornada ABC
Translated by El Wachito
Prior recommended reading: PAN politician arrested in San Diego


The arrest of prominent members of the society of Tijuana, including the arrest of PAN politician Luis Torres Santillan, who took possession of his post last December 1st, brought attention to Fernando Beltran, who is the favorite businessman of Governor Kiko Vega, due to the fact that they share family and work links.

Governor Kiko Vega, the next Duarte, Padres, Moreina
According to Jesse Navarro, one of spokesman of the Fiscal Agency of San Diego, the investigation has been on going for almost a year and more people could be involved. He confirmed that an elevated bail bond of 5 million dollars was requested in order to guarantee that Torres Santillan attends all his court hearings, and according to Jesse, the 10 charges of money laundering could land him up to 15 years in prison.


Fernando Beltran with his friend Kiko Vega
Torres Santillan, a 37 year old male, who Navarro identified as the "principal accused" of the investigation, was a member of the Coparmex and the Boxing commission of Tijuana, and was describe by the current governor of Tijuana,  Juan Manuel Gastelum (PAN), as an "extraordinary person", and a "member of one of the most prominent families of Tijuana, because he was distinguished in the Coparmex".

Karla Verena Lamas of Escalante was arrested, (Ex-president of Coparmex on the right)

Among the detained, several members of the David Javier Espinoza family are present, the family is known for owning Money Exchange Centers in the area of La Mesa. Three of his sons are on the list: David Alejandro, Sofia and Karla; also Claudia Ramirez Fimbres, Marco Diaz Ochoa, Liz Ampudia, Jorge Carlos Escalante and Karla Escalante, among others.

The businessman Fernando Beltran, owns several government contracts for the train that goes from Tecate-Tijuana (and connects to the United States) and owns the water tunnel of Villar Hermosa, among several other construction contracts that had been given to him by the State administration. Fernando Beltran spoke to the local media and claimed that he has no relationship with Torres Santillan other than the fact that his wife is the cousin of Torres Santillan's wife.

Luis Torres Santillan, next to Claudia Ramirez Fimbres wife of money exchange centers owner  David Javier Espinoza

Torres Santillan is married to a lady that has the last name Fimbres, also Beltran is married to a Fimbres. Among the arrested in San Diego during the operation conducted by the DEA and ICE, there are several members of the Fimbres family arrested. Fimbres are known in Tijuana for being the owners of "Calimax" supermarket.

The operation has touched Beltran, not only through family links, but because of the old friendships that he has with several of the arrested individuals. Last December 10, he was seen at the Tijuana Airport with Javier David Espinoza when they were taking a plane to go watch Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Beltran started his businessman career through the boxing world. Everybody says that his first good business was Erik El Terrible, Morales.

Even though the PAN politician was arrested last Friday, his friends did not notice that he was missing, because before he crossed the border he told them that he was going to assist a Golf  camp; according to Jesse Navarro. At the moment, some of the 12 arrested individuals are all ready in liberty, however the investigation continues.

Involved Individuals so far

1.- David Javier Espinoza (47 years old)(owner of money exchange centers)
2.-David Alejandro Espinoza (son, 20 years old)
3.-Sofia Espinoza (daugher, 22 years old)
4.-Karla Espinoza (daughter, 23 years old)
5.-Claudia Ramirez Fimbres (47 years old)(cousin of the wife of Fernando Beltran)
6.-Marco Diaz Ochoa (34 years old)
7.-Liz Ampudia (44 years old)(sister in law of Claudia Ramirez, detained with Luis Torres)
8.-Jorge Carlos Escalante (22 years old)
9.-Karla Verena Lamas of Escalante (47 years old, wife of the Ex-president of Coparmex)
10.-Felipe Lizarraga (65 years old)
11.-Mario Rodriguez Rivera (51 years old)
12.-Luis Torres Santillan

Karla Verena Lamas de Escalante and Jorge Carlos Escalante, are the wife and the oldest son of Jorge Escalante Martinez, ex president of Coparmex Tijuana; and they were arrested in other operation. They are accused of money laundering along with the PAN politician Luis Torres Santillan.

Karla Escalante

"The investigation continues, and there is a possibility that more individuals are involved and more chargers could be press against Luis Torres and the other individuals", said Jesse Navarro. 

Jorge Carlos Escalante

To this moment there is no information on the amount of money that was laundered or the proceeds of the money, however most the illicit activities took place in San Diego, California, and once the investigations continue, we will know if they also happened in Baja California. 


43 comments:

  1. Someone is pulling strings

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    1. Yes! El pri, jorge hank rohn wants to be the governor of all three califas, and the chilangos from atracomulco would love that too, kicking the PANISTAS en las chochas will help immensely to keep the eyes off their own narco-priista corruption

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    2. U r soooo rite! Dirtbags kickibg dirtbags

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  2. Pero si los pesados viven en la playa dicen los fanaticos de Tijuana. Se parecen a los fanaticos de CDS. Siempre dicen que la gente que les capturan no les afecta nada y que estan en poder en todos lugares. Pinches habladores y mentirosos!

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  3. Looks like Kiko Verga enjoys wearing French cadre style hats.

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  4. This shit never ends

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  5. @10:39pm tu dime si no casi ya a Estas horas Casi todos estan libres.

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    1. 6:26 uta madre, you are right, they astute and have the mean$$$.

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  6. There was a reason Chavez Jr was winning all those fights controversially. Chavez Jr overrated!!

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    1. El finito lopez, check him out. Prob the best mx fighter ever. Retired unbeaten. He was a lower weight so he didnt get as much exposure. Salvador sanchez was going to be a legend also. Saludos

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  7. Wachito, you are doing damn good work, compa

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  8. Good for them! Expose these people, they're funding these criminals

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  9. Luis Torres santillan's lawyer is Anthony Colombo. famous Arellano Felix lawyer.
    Wonder how many of those other 11 are Also being represented by same guy.

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  10. This is cds hitting back politically for the caf ctng cjng betrayal. It aint a coincidence that cjng is blown all over baja Cali and now are the most sought after whole aquiles and company do the dirty work with no heat on them.

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    1. Nope Chapo has always been the narco of the pan. Pri has always backed CAF. this is CAF/Jalisco further hitting cds. Jorge Hank Rhon is the one with most to gain.

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    2. "Aqui les afirmo, Tengo Talento, MUCHO TALENTO!"

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  11. mexican boxing is somehow connected to the underworld in Tijuana. just my observation.

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    1. That and beauty pageants. - El Sol Perdido

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    2. Since the AF era. The narco juniors actually whacked several named boxers and a promoter back in the early 90s.

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    3. Tv, radio, music too. All pushing cartel lifestyle.

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    4. Not only that but a LOT more than just pageants and boxing.

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    5. BOXING IS DEAD PUTOS MMA YA LLEGO !!!

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  12. cop was with them, eh?

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  13. Yeah, yeah, arrest 100 cabrones, never the head chonchos, i mean chanchos, no, honchos, nobody wants them talking about that members only club, luckily the cats and the dogs were left alone.

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  14. They live safe in tj an the foot soldiers lower workers are the ones getting killed in the streets, for fraction of what the office workers make

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    1. foot soldiers got to smarten up

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  15. What's up with all the from Tijuana posts? What the hell is up with the rest of Mexico?

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    1. You must have a short attention span.
      Check back a few posts or more for that matter.
      Besides , a lot is always going on in TJ.

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    2. Theres more going on in tamaulipas, zacatecas, i see very little on zacatecas

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  16. U all act u gota choice!

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  17. This isn't anyone hitting back....it's just a reflection of the power structure in Tijuana, and San Diego and how it's changed from the 90's, and 2000's. They are likely linked to Sinaloa traffickers. I am still confused why this isn't a federal case. Transnational money laundering and political corruption.

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  18. Casas de Cambio = washateria por dinero

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  19. I hope some of this money is in the USA . We need it to fund these damned rat hunts .

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  20. Hey what's he big deal it's the Frontera we try to make money

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  21. So if Karla Escalante was arrested in Mexico,whats with the shirt that says D.Jail?!!
    It's a nice looking shirt though...looks warm and comfortable.

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  22. http://zetatijuana.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/beltran-1.jpg

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  23. KIKO.........aye caramba , he needs to go like all the others.......

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  24. I graduated high school with some of these guys

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  25. FERNANDO Y CASTULO BELTRAN, YA VEN, TODO AQUEL QUE OBRA MAL SE LES PUDRE EL CULO

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