Wednesday, April 22, 2020

CJNG leader imprisoned in Uruguay could go free after U.S. refuses to accept extradition deal

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) leader Gerardo González Valencia, who is imprisoned in Uruguay since 2016 for his money laundering activities, could go free after the U.S. government refused to accept the extradition deal proposed by the Uruguayan government. He is wanted in the U.S. for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

In February 2020, the Uruguayan government agreed to extradite González Valencia to the U.S. just as long as he did not face the death penalty or life imprisonment if found guilty. But U.S. authorities want to have the possibility to convict González Valencia of life imprisonment and have refused to accept the terms. Since González Valencia already fulfilled his money laundering sentence in Uruguay, it could be a matter of time before he is released.

Background
Gerardo González Valencia is the brother of Mexican drug lord Abigael González Valencia ("El Cuini"), who headed the CJNG and Los Cuinis. This criminal group has presence in Mexico, the U.S., Europe and Asia. González Valencia coordinated international money laundering schemes by using shell companies to purchase assets in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

His wife Wendy Dalaithy Amaral Arévalo was reportedly working with him on this large money laundering scheme when the couple moved from Mexico to Uruguay in 2011. He had millionaire properties and businesses in Punta del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay.

The original documents of the investigation framing González Valencia were leaked in 2015 through the Panama Papers, where it detailed real estate transactions and industrial sector investments tied to him. After a multi-year investigation by Latin American officials and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, González Valencia was arrested in Montevideo in April 2016, and imprisoned for money laundering charges.

Extradition conditions
As reported by Borderland Beat, the Uruguayan government allowed the extradition of González Valencia under the following conditions:

(1) Delivery is deferred until the requested party (González Valencia) obtains his provisional release or definitive release in the case followed in Uruguay. This means that González Valencia will have to serve his sentence in Uruguay before being extradited to the U.S.

(2) González Valencia should not be tried or convicted for crimes other than those referred to in the extradition request, except for the cases set forth in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 13 of the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Uruguay.

(3) No death penalty or life imprisonment should be issued against González Valencia.


CJNG leadership chart; Gerardo González Valencia pictured on the left side
Last week, the U.S. government agreed that González Valencia would not face double jeopardy and that he would not be sentenced to death. However, they did not agree with the life imprisonment clause. Uruguay does not have life imprisonment and thereby asked the U.S. to respect that when convicting González Valencia, but the U.S. does not to remove the possibility of convicting González Valencia for life. The U.S. government responded by saying that the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Uruguay does not say anything about life imprisonment.

Uruguayan officials Adriana Chamsarián and Luis Pacheco said that the U.S. government's response was justified because life imprisonment is not mentioned in the extradition treaty between both countries. However, they argued that this motion complicated the case because the Uruguayan government had explicitly said in February 2020 that González Valencia would only be extradited under the three conditions mentioned above.

González Valencia's defense issued an appeal requesting the Uruguayan government to take action. He has already fulfilled his money laundering sentence in Uruguay and requested to be released. Uruguay's Minister of Interior Jorge Larrañaga was interviewed after this news was made public and told reporters that he thought González Valencia's release was "unlikely" but still a possibility.

This week, a tribunal court in Uruguay rejected González Valencia's motion and sided with the U.S. government. However, González Valencia's lawyer Hector Dotta said he would send this appeal to Uruguay's Supreme Court for a final decision. To send González Valencia to the U.S., the Uruguayan government would have to rewrite the extradition request and give the U.S. government 30 days to complete his transfer.

Note: This article includes excerpts from the Wikipedia page of Gerardo Gonzalez Valencia, which was published by Borderland Beat reporter "MX" in March 2017. It includes over 95 sources.

32 comments:

  1. No life in prison just give him 100 years sentence n done deal.....

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  2. Just hang the fuck in a cell.

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  3. Change the sentencing criteria to say 75-100 years, no parole if convicted. Put him on the plane.

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  4. Can Mexico ask for extradition? Let me guess, he doesn’t face any charges there, typical

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  5. Justice Department extradition lawyers and State Department would be foolish to let him go, which I doubt, they aren't going to give him life, anyway. Chapo Guzman is the only one convicted at trial and sentenced to life.

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  6. I would be willing to bet that Lalo was aware when he entered the country that Uruguay would have such conditions for extradition. I doubt Los Cuinis do much international travel without consulting with their attorneys first. A little how like certain American politicians do not travel outside of the US much.

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  7. As much as I don’t like the Jaliskas,good for him,I hate to see Raza getting locked up and doing life for the Yankees since the Yankees hate seeing Raza make it big.Thats why they’re always after Mexican capos.They rather see us as construction workers and dishwashers then seeing us on top running things,how many people were mad after they named Chapo in the Forbes magazine.

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    1. This guy is from Michoacán the leaders of CJNG are from Michoacán.

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    2. 2:50 Sad but it's RRAL talk right there

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    3. Would you also rather see raza killing raza? Or raza strung out on meth, heroine and Coke? Mexico is a war zone and here you are cheering for the guys responsible.

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    4. Wow imagine thinking this is true. To think narcos are the only Mexicans with money and power in Mexico and in the US shows your ignorance and quite frankly your utter lack of intelligence. Carlos Slim ring a bell? He was only the richest man in the world for years. Yawn

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    5. 💯 2:50 good point

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    6. 6:08 slim the drug trafficking partner of genarco Garcia luna?

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  8. Said it before and will say it again, this guy will be set free.

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    1. Are you the same person who's been commenting in my previous posts about this guy? You've been spot on so far!

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    2. Last time I said he would be escaping, now it looks like it will be much easier than that..

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    3. There was a drone over the prison where is he being kept:

      https://www.elpais.com.uy/informacion/policiales/larranaga-policia-orden-derribar-dron-ve-sobrevolar-centro-carcelario.html

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    4. Lalo aint getting out,usa gonna acept 25 yrs and not life! The only charges this guy has is he leaving early from a half way house but for that they bumped his 6 month stay to 5 yrs! For leaving! All he has to do is get tony serra and he'll do maybe 2 if that

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  9. Waive the life sentence, agree to cap at 99 years- problem solved.

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    1. Stacking charges goes the same as sentencing no concurrent terms. One year means 90% in federal custody. One sentence at a time...Mexico and US should start going after illicit money use by families of narcos and charge them as well. Start charging the ones that become rich even the old ladies..

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    2. Doesn't work that way. The US is so stubborn and ragejr let him go free than give him 30 years. He's 44, say he gets 30 but but put in 25, that's 69/70...
      How much time are the CDS guys getting? Chino Anthrax? Vincentillo? But this guy needs life in prison?

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  10. CDS nut huggers in 3..2..1

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  11. If the CIA really wanted this guy he would already be dead.

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  12. What would objection to life imprisonments be? I understand moral objections to death penalty But ridiculous to object to life term for murderers.

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  13. Give him 30/35 by the time he gets out CJNG will be finished like Zetas, CDG, CAF, Juárez, BLO, etc

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  14. Who do you think made Carlos slim who he is ... laundering money for the cartels with el chino pharmaceuticals

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    1. 2:31 carlos slim helu has been in on it since his brother julian was a commander in the mexican intelligence police the Dirección Federal de Seguridad, the DFS with the likes of fernando gutierrez barrios and miguel nazar haro, rafael aguilar guajardo, amado carrillo fuentes, rafael "el chino" Chao, and manlio fabio beltrones, "don Beltrone" among many other luminaries of the fight against communism that became known as drug traffickers, torturers, murdering criminals and car thieves posing as crime fighters, all CIA puppets.

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  15. Let me guess: this ruling cost his family $1 million with another $2 million if he is released.

    Money talks!

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  16. I love the news writing format. It makes the articles much easier to read and understand, and includes a lot of context and details. Great job BB

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