Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Court motion denied against Mexican-Chinese businessman Zhenli Ye Gon

"MX" for Borderland Beat

Mexican federal authorities denied a writ of amparo issued by Zhenli Ye Gon, a Chinese-Mexican businessman suspected of providing Chinese chemicals to Mexican drug cartels and being involved in money laundering since 2005. Ye Gon’s legal team tried to prove that his imprisonment was illegal, but a collegiate court studied the case and rejected their motion. 

The court determined that the charges he faced in the U.S. prior to his extradition to Mexico in 2016 were different than the ones he faces in Mexico, thus eliminating double jeopardy. A judge also confirmed that Ye Gon likely carried out operations using resources of illicit origins.

Background

Ye Gon was born in China in January 31, 1963 and became a naturalized citizen in 2002 under the presidency of Vicente Fox. The President himself awarded him his citizenship status; at that time, the Mexican government thought that Ye Gon was a promising pharmaceutical investor and entrepreneur. But Ye Gon was reportedly working as a chemical provider for Mexican drug cartels. He was suspected of importing chemicals from a Chinese firm and selling them to gangsters in Mexico to create crystal meth.

In 2007, Mexican federales busted his mansion in Lomas de Chapultepec, one of the most-exclusive neighborhoods in Mexico City. In his mansion they found US$205.6M dollars in cash pilled in several rooms. At the time, DEA agents stated that the money seized at Ye Gon’s mansion was the "biggest cash bust" seen anywhere in the world.
 
Part of the currency seized at Ye Gon's mansion (2007)
"I was not in Mexico when the events of this operation happened. At home I had cash, dollars, Mexican pesos, euros and other foreign currency," Ye Gon said in his defense. He argued that all his assets were legal and that he had invoices with their corresponding import taxes to prove it. Ye Gon said that he kept his money in his house because he did not trust banks and because at that time he was not allowed to open a bank account using U.S. dollars. In the past, he told reporters that the money was going to be used to finance political campaigns in Mexico.

Ye Gon was in Las Vegas when his house was raided and denied any wrongdoing. Authorities found it suspicious that he spent millions of dollars in Las Vegas casinos, often in a single night. American prosecutors tried to frame him for importing crystal meth, but his charges were later dropped. He remained in U.S. custody until 2016, when he was extradited to Mexico. He is currently imprisoned at the Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 ("Altiplano"), Mexico's maximum-security facility.

Charges in Mexico

After his extradition to Mexico, Ye Gon sent a letter to a journalist stating that there were US$275 million in his house when it was seized in 2007. However, he argued that the Attorney General's Office only declared that there were US$205.6 million dollars. Ye Gon said that Mexican authorities also seized more assets, included works of art, piano collections, exclusive wines and gold bars, which he claims were never reported.

The court stated that from February 16 to September 19, 2005, Ye Gon (as legal representative and shareholder of Unimed Pharm Chem México) received a US$9.4 million dollar transfer that he knew came from illegal origins. At least US$900,000 of this total amount came from a source that has not been identified yet. 

Mexican prosecutors stated that the US$9.4 million dollars in question are different than the US$205.6 seized in his mansion.


46 comments:

  1. Does anybody know what happened to all that money?

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    1. preguntale a calderon. y and a haciendo nuevo partido mexico libre.

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    2. breaking bad borrowed it.

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    3. Use your imagination....

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    4. That money went to a powerful family from Michoacán whose name has never been mentioned in the media or news sources.

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    5. Yes if you read the article it states it was siezed.

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    6. 1126 it happened during the Vicente Fox era, not Calderon.

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    7. It first went to the U.S. to be counted then shipped back to the Mexican federal gov. It never went to Mich.

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    8. @11:52 you are very wrong that money went straight to Michoacán!

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    9. 7:03 the cash seizure happened during Calderons presidency

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    10. 1:49PM

      The money was shipped to New York and was counted 5 times by Bank of America, it was then sent back to the Mexican government via electronic transfer. Once in Mexico part of it was deposited in a military bank and the rest to a government one. It was finally disbursed among different government institutions.

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    11. Made a mexican citizen when Fox was presidente, caught prisoner when FECAL was presidente, by genarco Garcia luna who is now in prison himself on the US where he thought he was safe among "his peers"...
      --Zhenli ye Gone also thought wrongly he was safe in garcia luna turf...

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  2. He was granted a mexican citizenship by the president himself, that's what you call having power. Chinese MAFIA?

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    1. High level Triad. Brother number three.

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    2. Can you provide any links to that back up his links to Brother Number Three?

      I assume he has Triad connections, obviously but couldn't find anything in a quick search suggesting to which Triad he was most closely linked....

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  3. Interesting, Ye Gon’s original explanation for the cash was that he was storing it for various politicos to be disbursed into campaign funds.

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    1. You are 100% right. Recent sources did not mention this but I found an older source that did and added this fact in the article (source from Infobae). Thank you very much!

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  4. In the pockets of a very few fortunate people.

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  5. @8:57:
    AMLO PRESS CONFERENCE:
    Political official:
    All that money went to benefit the Mexican people by means of trusted people.
    Reporter: Q. The Trusted ones...Who are they?
    Official: A. The selected ones, I told you.

    Reporter: Q. Well, exactly who are they?

    Official: A. We will get you a list within a couple of weeks. Check back then. Next question.

    News item: Reporter X who went missing 4 days ago has been found dismembered in an undisclosed local landfill by scavanging children. Forensic personnel took the black bagged body parts for the prescribed investigative procedures. The children said that finding dead bodies is not that unusual and that it sort of freaks them out when they do.
    ....and so it goes in Mexico .
    Mexico-Watcher

    News
    A. I already told you, the "Trusted Ones!"



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    1. @10:22 Can you provide a link to this information? If not it's pretty misleading. Ye Gon was busted 12 years ago, Mexico's gone through two presidential terms since it happened. I'm pretty sure that question was addressed long before AMLO came into office.

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    2. 10:23 Zhenli Ye Gone was not arrested or his money confiscated by "AMLO",
      FELIPE CALDERON AND HIS SSP GENARCO GARCIA LUNA have to explain what happened to the money, and have tried to do so without proof, they say "it went to rehab centers" without proof either.
      Please stop digging your ass for alternate made up news "Mr. CoolArrow"

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  6. Ye Gon is GONE. I DON'T TRUST BANK

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  7. Might be the dumbest criminal in history...leaving all that money sitting in a room in Mexico where he had several maids etc. This guy has brought more meth chemicals into the US then anyone he should rot in Mexican prison.

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    1. Chinese dont trust banks

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    2. He left it locked in a room, because as it states, he did not trust the Mexican Banks, and did not want to attract suspicion at US Banks. Looks like whoever raided the home, put loot of money into thier own pocketd.

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    3. That is no longer true since china became a"communist capitalists" nation

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    4. Perhaps it isn't quite as consequential a sum to him as it is to those of us on this site. Think about the profit margins involved when diverting containers of chemicals to dto's. This guy is probably worth several billion.

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  8. This whole thing is fishy. The guy has hundreds of millions and can't buy his way out of prison. He's in Altiplano which the worst in the system. He knows people and he knows their business. And he's still alive. Vicente Fox was his buddy? Something is missing here.

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    1. They took all his money when he got arrested and if he tells the truth about his political friends he gets killed in prison.
      Ask yourself why el güero Palma is still inside.

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  9. Guy might have had money but he is just a scumbag meth dealer to me. That heinous drug has destroyed so many lives.

    Let him rot in jail.

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    1. Mijo he was not a meth dealer. He sold the precurser chemicals, that came from China, read the article again.

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    2. No one forced drug users to take meth.

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    3. @ 10:17 and what do you think those chemicals were used for?

      @ 10:29 very true but it's still basically selling death. How many meth users get hooked and end up ruining their lives? A lot.. Think the dealers care? You could make a good argument that drug users have to take responsibility but I don't know about you but I couldn't sell meth knowing what it does to people. Takes a certain type of individual to sell those types of drugs.

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    4. 10:17 he sold the cartels the MAIN ingredient to make crystal meth, I would say he's a drug dealer tontito

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  10. I heard they made bumper stickers about this guy that said..."I believe the China man...free ye gon..or some shit

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  11. Boy he had lots of money, ex president Vicente Fox awarded him citizenship in person, of course he gave him a suitcase full of money.

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  12. who needs a mattress when you can sleep on your cash.

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  13. The person to ask is the writer here on BB isnt her husband in China ?
    I am sure having a husband that business in or with China would have more knowledge about this ??

    Puttting it in banks is pretty risky plus having to pay soo many people to launder all that money and set up fake accounts etc




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    1. Are you saying Chivis is the writer, married to Chinese national? What's your point, she can marry, whoever she wishes, she can invite me to her wedding, as long as it is not in Mexico.

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    2. We do not use chinese banks. we use HK and Taiwan. We have offices in taiwan for customer service and accounting. Banks in china should not be trusted by foreigners especially. I don't want to go into details, but we lost 7 figures in a banking scheme at a "reputable" bank. the banks are not liable for misdeeds the person who scammed us in a bogus investment scheme was an employee of the bank. we always met at the bank. but china says prosecute the employee not the bank. good luck with that...then another firm came forth to "recover" our money. We both said something very very fishy. yep, another scheme. we did not partake. from that point on not a penny of our money or business money is in any china bank.

      My husband is not chinese.

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    3. Chivis. You don't owe these clowns any explanation. Somehow I never figured you to be married to a Asian. Not that it matters.

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    4. jaja ---- well I didn't mind, and I am playing with them a bit, I have posted in comments where my husband is from. Been married twice, my first husband (RIP/DEP) wasn't Mexican either. I grew up in an Ivory Snow area, only 10 Mexicans in our graduating class and I was related to half ..

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  14. Thank you

    10:15 ¿
    I wasnt saying bad about her
    Just that she would more Knowlwdge about this stuff

    Gosh.. reread I was asking for her Expertize since she said she had bussiness with other countrys

    Thank you
    I wouldnt trust banks either
    Bury it .. no interest But No headaches

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  15. Slow down I am not saying that at all
    Talk about Jumping to concluions

    I ask Because she stated she does bussiness She would know more about it then most people and I would rather get it from an Expert then a bunch of people guessing Banking is not fun
    As The Senora has said people try to scam you
    Thanks for the reply to clarify about the banking .. Mrs. CHIVAS 😚
    Peace

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  16. As they made their arguments in front of Conrad, the lawyers raised the prospect of there being a government airplane parked at the Roanoke airport, its engines running, waiting to spirit Ye Gon away as soon as his request for a stay was denied.

    There is no such airplane, said Valinda Jones, a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Even if there were, Conrad noted on a day when a major rainstorm was taking shape, “it would be fogged in, anyway.”

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