Wednesday, January 31, 2018

RCQ's Girlfriend Tries to Register Her Brand for TV

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Excelsior

Photograph Courtesy:  Diana Espinoza provided by US Govt.
By: Laura Sanchez Ley
Jan 31, 2018 Mexico City

Rafael Caro Quintero's girlfriend registers her brand for TV series; Her Brand: Rafael Caro Quintero

It is the second attempt of Diana Espinoza Aguilar, to register her Brand before the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property in Mexico; the US Treasury Dept has listed her as a drug trafficker and money launderer.

Diana Espinoza Aguilar , was listed by the United States Department of the Treasury as a drug dealer and money launderer of her  "concubine" , Rafael Caro Quintero , one of the best-known drug traffickers in the history of Mexico. 

In 2016  the US institution  said that Espinoza acted on behalf of Quintero, who is currently a fugitive from justice, and hinted that without his support, Quintero, could not operate in hiding.

In a La Prensa article from 2026 Diana Espinoza Aguilar calls herself : " su esposa , la mama de su hija" ; RCQ's wife and mother of his child , but no drug trafficker or money launderer.

Diana Espinoza was a pillar for the drug trafficker according to the US government. He met the young woman in 2008 at the Puente Grande prison , when she was imprisoned along with her husband, a Colombian accused of drug trafficking. The two shared a cell in the maximum security prison, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

In 2013 Quintero was released due to a flaw in his criminal process; also Diana Espinoza. Now she enjoys freedom and since the middle of last year is in the process of trying to register the name of her boyfriend before the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property . The first attempt was made in May last year, but the agency denied registration.

However, she keeps insisting, so last November 11, 2017 she registered it again under the brand  "Rafael Caro Quintero ", for television entertainment programs, for editorial publications and magazines. The process is pending, according to the Global Brand Data Base .

Quintero is currently a fugitive and the US government offers a reward of $5 million dollars for information leading to his capture.

Caro Quintero began his criminal career in the late 1970s when he participated in the founding of the Guadalajara Cartel and amassed an illicit fortune. He was convicted in Mexico for his involvement and considered the mastermind of the murder of Enrique Camarena, an undercover agent of the DEA.

At that time he received a sentence of 40 years in prison. While in the Puente Grande penitentiary, Caro Quintero maintained his relationship with Mexican drug trafficking organizations and used a network of relatives to invest his illicit fortune in apparently legitimate companies and real estate projects in Guadalajara.

On August 9, 2013, Caro Quintero was released from a Mexican prison with 12 years remaining in his sentence, thanks to the filing of an amparo; nevertheless, a few months later the judicial power ordered his capture again. According to the DEA, Caro Quintero is currently one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, after the capture of Joaquín " El Chapo"  Guzmán.

Here is an Excerpt from the:  US Treasury Depts 2016 Press Release:

May 11, 2016 : Treasury Sanctions Reported Common-Law Wife of Rafael Caro Quintero for Conducting Activities on his Behalf

Notorious Mexican Drug Lord Continues to Use Family Members to Hold His Assets

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mexican national Diana Espinoza Aguilar (a.k.a. Altagracia Espinoza Aguilar) today as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Espinoza Aguilar acts for or on behalf of her reported common-law husband, Rafael Caro Quintero, by holding certain assets and conducting activities on his behalf.  Caro Quintero, a major Mexican narcotics trafficker, is a fugitive from U.S. justice and was also the mastermind of the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent (SA) Enrique Camarena in 1985.  As a result of today’s action, any assets that Diana Espinoza Aguilar may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with her.

“Today’s designation of Diana Espinoza Aguilar demonstrates yet again that her reported common-law husband, fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, relies heavily on the support of his family members,” said John E. Smith, Acting OFAC Director.  “Treasury, in coordination with DEA, is committed to targeting Caro Quintero until he is brought to justice and his organization is dismantled.”  

“DEA and Treasury utilize every possible tool to attack and dismantle violent, deadly criminal organizations such as that of Rafael Caro Quintero, who is responsible for the 1985 murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena,” said DEA Deputy Administrator Jack Riley.  “Thanks to this Treasury action, Diana Espinoza Aguilar has been exposed as a key enabler and facilitator for Caro-Quintero and his vicious global drug trafficking and money laundering regime.”

Diana Espinoza Aguilar has had links to drug trafficking activities for years.  In 2008, she was arrested in Mexico with her then husband, a Colombian drug trafficker, and was charged with drug trafficking and money laundering-related offenses.  Espinoza Aguilar was sentenced to prison and while incarcerated in Puente Grande prison in the Mexican state of Jalisco, she met Caro Quintero who was also incarcerated at the time.  Espinoza Aguilar holds some of Caro Quintero’s assets under her name, which he obtained with drug proceeds. 

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BRAND:Rafael Caro Quintero

Mark MXTM.0119851896538 RAFAEL CAROQUINTERO MX TM Pending 4 MX DIANA ESPINOZA AGUILAR 0119851896538 41  
Mark MXTM.0119851899836 RAFAEL CAROQUINTERO MX TM Pending 4 MX DIANA ESPINOZA AGUILAR 0119851899836 16  
Mark JPTM.5728542 RAFAEL JP TM Active 1 JP 株式会社アスペクト 5728542 2014-