Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Armando Valencia Cornelio, founder of the Milenio Cartel, is released from prison after 17 years

"MX" for Borderland Beat; TY "leChef"
Armando Valencia Cornelio, the founder of the now-defunct Milenio Cartel (Spanish: Cartel del Milenio), was released from U.S. prison after 17 years. Valencia-Cornelio was imprisoned at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, and was serving 19 years for drug trafficking. However, his sentence was reduced due to good conduct. His defense also requested a "humanitarian" reason for his sentence reduction because Valencia-Cornelio suffered from lymphoma. In his appeal, Valencia-Cornelio said he would live in Atherton, California, upon his release.

Valencia-Cornelio was the founder of the Milenio Cartel, a former criminal group based in Michoacan whose origins date back to the 1970s. This group is the predecessor of what is now the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). During its heyday, the Milenio Cartel smuggled at least one-third of the cocaine, heroin and marijuana that reached the U.S. from Mexico.

In 2003, Valencia-Cornelio was arrested in Jalisco and imprisoned on drug-related charges. Over the years, the Milenio Cartel's influence greatly decrease after the Gulf Cartel and its former paramilitary group, Los Zetas, made their way into Michoacan. They killed several prominent family members of the so-called Valencia clan, which founded and headed the criminal group. The family eventually resurfaced after the CJNG catapulted in the 2010s under the faction known as Los Cuinis.

Early life
Armando Valencia Cornelio was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, on 28 November 1959 to Juan Valencia and Angela Cornelio.  He was best known by his aliases "Juanito" and "El Maradona". Along with his brothers Luis, Juan and Ventura, Valencia-Cornelio was initially involved in the avocado industry in Michoacan.
During his young adulthood, he moved to the U.S. and settled in Anaheim and Sacramento, California, where he made enough money to invest in the avocado business in Michoacan. At some point in the 1970s, Valencia-Cornelio became involved in drug trafficking (primarily marijuana and opium) along with his siblings and extended family, and quietly formed a drug trafficking network that would later by known as the Milenio Cartel (also referred to as the Valencia Cartel) without Mexican authorities knowing of its existence.

Drug career
In the early 1990s, Valencia-Cornelio was the main figurehead of the Milenio Cartel and extended its reach to the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. In those years, the cartel was also known as the Kings of Avocado (Spanish: Los Reyes del Aguacate) because they disguised their criminal activities with the production and marketing of their avocado businesses.

When the Milenio Cartel became an established criminal group in the 1990s, it developed deep ties with Colombian drug cartels in Medellin, which supplied them with cocaine, as well as Asian providers of precursor chemicals. Their Asian contact was Chinese-born Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, who imported chemicals into Mexico for the Milenio Cartel.

During those years, Valencia-Cornelio posed as a prosperous rancher and exporter of avocado. Authorities, however, believed he financed this business with drug proceeds. In 1999, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida indicted him for supplying marijuana, cocaine and heroin from Mexico to the U.S. The indictment stated that the Milenio Cartel mostly distributed its narcotics in the U.S. states of California, Chicago and New York. From that moment, he was linked to Sinaloa Cartel drug lords Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel Villarreal and Arturo Beltran Leyva.

The Milenio Cartel's alliance with the Sinaloa Cartel pushed them to an inevitable war with the Gulf Cartel and its former paramilitary group, Los Zetas.

Arrest and extradition
Valencia-Cornelio was arrested by the Mexican Army with seven other men in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, on 16 August 2003. Most of the people arrested with him were part of a drug trafficking group based in Tamaulipas that once worked under Nuevo Laredo gangster Dionisio Román García Sánchez ("El Chacho"). They were opposed to the Gulf Cartel and their former paramilitary group, Los Zetas.

At the time of his arrest, the Milenio Cartel smuggled about 30 percent of the cocaine, heroin and marijuana that was smuggled into the U.S.
Armando Valencia Cornelio and the 7 other people arrested with him 
Valencia-Cornelio was imprisoned at the Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 (also known as "Altiplano"), a maximum-security prison in the State of Mexico.

In 2012, he was extradited to the U.S. to face his outstanding drug charges. After pleading guilty, Valencia-Cornelio was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in Miami.

Release
On 15 April 2019, however, his defense sent a petition to a U.S. federal judge asking for his early release. They cited that his deteriorating health condition was a factor in their petition. Valencia-Cornelio, aged 60, suffers from lymphoma (cancer).


According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, Valencia-Cornelio was released from prison on 21 April 2020. There was no public announcement on his release and/or deportation.


SourcesInfobae; ProcesoCronica de HoyInformadorJornadaNYT; El Norte (print archives)

92 comments:

  1. Cuinis ran the show behind the scenes for a long time... impressive how they came back.

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    1. The Cuinis answered to Nacho Coronel...who answered to Chapo and Azul. Chapos people ran Guadalajara for a long time so the Cuinis were not running the show but patiently waiting for their turn. They got it when Chapo was extradited to the US, now they run GDL.

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    2. @10:38 nope, AVC had control in Jalisco until his capture in 2003. He was the BOSS in that region, you forget to mention los AC who also held sway in Colima and Jalisco y también los Güeritos, Tirso and el Tio. Osiel/CDG/Zetas/Tisico started debilitating Milenios border crossings and home turf. Milenio/Valencias/Cuinis used CDS routes when they started loosing to Osiel/Tisico. After AVC capture Nacho/CDS started controlling Jalisco until NC was killed.

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    3. 10:38 when you said nacho answered to chapo and azul is when you lost your credivility, nacho, azul, chapo and mayo made the cds, they had the same power one could jump another, until of curse chapo snitched on nacho

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    4. @7:03 usted se la sabe.

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    5. THE Valencia ALWAYS had their own crew, they didn't answer to NOBODY.. They had their business and CDS had theirs..
      Just like BELTRANES DIDN'T answer to NOBODY but had their crew CREATING what they called the FEDERATION or CARTEL DE pacifico AKA CDS
      Michoacanos ALWAYS had there PEOPLE but now making it more EVIDENT than EVER now that they TOOK on CDS.. NOT a surprise to me SINCE I've been following THIS GAME for DECADES.. CDS would ALWAYS snitch on MICHOACANOS and give them up to AGENCIES mexican and AMERICAN and in turn give them a PASS to transport DRUGS.. CDS are INFORMANTS and everyone knows THAT.. Michoacanos just got tired of getting snitched on by snitchaloas and broke LOSE.. No SURPRISE here..

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  2. He has cancer, he shouldn't be around for too long.

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    1. Lol and el azul had an huge ingrown toe nail he should be fine

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  3. Atherton, very expensive/wealthy in the Bay Area. I wonder if he still has his money. Sounds like it.

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    1. The avocado industry rakes in billions per year

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    2. 9:41 here in minnesota some times cost more than $ 2 bucks n more por avocado

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    3. that ain’t true out here it’s a $1 and I’m in Minnesota to

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  4. Is he related to the CUINIS?
    I wonder if he will join mencho or cholo/MAYO and fight MENCHO..
    This guy is a heavyweight and DIDN'T make much noise or make 100's of corridos..

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    1. It can get confusing because Armando Valencia Cornelio is sometimes described as the "patriarca" (patriarch) of Los Cuinis. But he was not their father. If anything, he could be related to their mother Estela Valencia Farias.

      "Valencia" is a very common surname in the Michoacan area where they are from, but I think we can infer Valencia-Cornelio and Los Cuinis are distant relatives. From what I know, the first Valencias in Mexico were Sephardic Jews who fled Europe during the Inquisition. Many of them settled in isolated areas of Michoacan to escape persecution in/near Mexico City.

      Los Cuinis siblings were born in Aguililla, about 190 km (118 mi) from Uruapan, where Valencia-Cornelio is from. Based on the points above, at least from a genealogy standpoint, both the Gonzalez-Valencia and the Valencia-Cornelio families likely shared a distant relative in the past.

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    2. Impressive MX. Always doing great article's, keep up the good work and let us not doubt your time doesn't get looked over for what you post.

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    3. He is part of Los Valencias he was the main leader of the cartel could be uncle or cousin to Los Cuinis he’s the OG Mencho is just gonna get stronger now

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    4. Chivo herd chayo from ct was related to these fools also that chayo had family that worked with el chapo and that’s how they were allied at some point

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    5. Thank you, 9:19 PM, means a lot!

      BTW, Armando Valencia Cornelio was married to Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia (Mencho's current wife) before him. Some users pointed that out below. I was wondering if the Gonzalez-Valencia siblings had any connection to Armando other than marriage (i.e. like distant relatives or cousins).

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    6. That El Tercero from corridos aka Menchos “other” son is said to be Armandos real son

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    7. To "MX June 23, 2020 at 9:05 PM"

      How many of these families are jewish

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    8. @5:48 AM: Hardly any. The vast majority of the Sephardic Jewish descendants in Mexico (most settled in Nuevo Leon) eventually converted or were forced to convert to Catholicism (known as "Anusim").

      In fact, many of the Jews who came to Mexico during the Inquisition were already "Crypo-Jews", meaning they practiced Judaism in secret to avoid persecution. There are many interesting books about Sephardic Jews in Mexico. Please email me if you want some recommendations.

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    1. You slipped up we know your fake now100% so quit it

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    2. Why would you be wondering? After all, your supposed intel systems should already should have notified you. Clown.

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    3. Jajaja...wtf! El Vale ya hizo feria a manos llenas, pago sus condenas con los gobiernos, tiene cancer y va vivir por la bahía

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  6. Chapo this, Chapo that. The Valencias are ones who reign supreme.

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    1. Nobody had power like Chapo. Mayo was just a figurehead to throw authorities off Chapos trail..Mayo hasnt been in the game in a decade. Why do you think there are no recordings of mayo and the guy is simply a ghost? The proceso interview was a look a like setup by Chapo to throw off the DEA.

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  7. ORALE YA EMPEZO LO BUENO! LETS SEE HOW LONG MR MARADONA LASTS IN HIS CALI VACATION

    OYE CHIVIS WHY NOT POST THE FAMILY BEEF IN CJNG/CUINIS.

    LOL HINT: LA PRIMA SE ARRIMA JAJAJA ñIAAAAAA!!!!

    EL STEP-SON DE MENCHO QUE TIENE CON LA SU SENORA ES HIJO DE MARADONA JAJAJAJA

    LOS VALENCIA-CORNELIOS Y VALENCIA-GONZALEZ ESTAN DIVIDIDOS POR ESE MISMO RAZON.... A QUIEN VA TRAICONAR EL HIJO?? NO PUEDE CARGAR DOS BANDERAS...

    YA SE LOS HABIA DICHO EL NUEVO CARTEL PLAZA CON SU VIDEO QUE LA SANGRE LLAMAAAAA

    EL HIJO DE INVERTIR JUAN CARLOS! A CUAL BANDERA VA CARGAR MI JUANITO CARLIOS! YA VEO QUE HASTA EL HIJO DE MOCHOMO TUBO QUE ESCOGER BANDERA

    QUE EMPEZE LO BUENO QUE EMPEZE LA TRAISCIONES LAS COCHEBOMBAS LAS PELOTERAS QUE SE MATAN ENTRE ELLOS MISMO PINCHES PERROS PEDORROS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzjIMnEVNpY

    QUE EMPEZE LO BUENOOOOO!!!!! THIS IS BETTER THEN A FBI OR NETFLIX SHOW.. THE BASTARD OF INCEST WILL BE MENCHOS DOWNFALL

    LOL IMAGINE MENCHO GOING OUT TO A RESTAURANT AND PPL COMMENTING "A QUE BONITO HIJO TIENEN" JAJAJAJAJA NO WONDER MENCHO IS ALWAYS PISSED OFF HE'S A CUCK!!!

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    1. Cálmate jedionda, si no sabes el pedo no hables solo porque tienes mamadora. Lo tacuache se te nota, tu CNP y chinaloas ya valieron pito en el sur. El 3 Valencia González sabe que pedo, AVC no tiene porqué seguir en el negocio y a ti te arde que ya la ganó, para que meterse en más pedos. Su fortuna ya la hizo y ya cumplió sus condenas, no como tú chapoinformante que se la pasa llorando y recordando y hasta allí llegó! Órale, ya veo que masticas mas el inglés plebita nalgas caídas

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    2. @7:39 Interesante encontrar alguien bien redactado en Español acá amigo.

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  8. Soon we will hear of his execution in Mexico. He was a paid US informant. He will end up like Chino once he is located. No doubt he is a walking dead man with no sleep looking behind him constantly.

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    1. @5:43-

      Please provide some references or proof that he was an informant. Doesn't seem like it with a 19 year fed sentence...

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    2. If he informed then he got the worst deal in informant history. 19 years fed time??? Cmon Mcfly use your noggin.

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  9. Did this dude work with chango The one who Made mencho cry and begged for his life like a coward michoacan that he is ?

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    1. @8:23Mencho got caught slipping in enemy territory in Michoacán by Changos people and could have been executed when he was head of sicarios. Its been mentioned online that Chango and Mencho later became compadres.
      @5:49 another 006 that YDKSAB, stick to your supposed lions compita

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  10. Back as Jefe or has he lost all his pull?

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  11. Sounds like a smart man... not flashy, low key... “el Rey de Los aguacates”

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    1. All real Gangsters are all low keys and works in the shadows!

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    2. "Smart man" got bumped aside to make room for Miguel Angel Gallegos Godoy actual king of meth all over Tierra Caliente, who nobody ever bothers, el quique Plancarte paid with his life for trying, along with el chayo.
      But before them, the Cardenas-Amezcua cartel and governor former.sec of defense general marcelino garcia barragan, got jalisko and nayarit and colima to do it with amphetamine and all the drugs he could traffick, his prize for murdering students in Mexico 68 in Tlatelolco.

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  12. Atherton is in one of the richest zip codes in CA (probably the country as well). Shows that he probably was able to keep some of his wealth. Also Redwood City has a huge population of Michoacanos especially from the Tierra caliente area.

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    1. Most of us michoacanos work in car wash and dish washers here in California dude stop with your BS

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    2. Redwood city is known as aguililla chikito (little aguililla)

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    3. @7:35Your rite. Atherton is where Steph Curry bought a house for over 30mill. And your rite about Redwood City. It’s DEFINITELY Michoacan ppl. And it’s literally down the street from Atherton. Redwood City is probably one of the Main spots in California with Real Boss Players. Even more than L.A...G.C.

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    4. Hahaha 1051 good one.

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    5. @8:42 what rancho, pueblo, ciudad are you from?
      Don't be like those Chinaloas that always say Culiacán...

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    6. Aguillila 2 esta en Redwood City 😂 saludos tlacuaches ~ su mero padre

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      10:16 most of those Michoacanos are tranzas and get sent to midwest states from California to open up shop for illegal activities. They open mechanic shops, stores, event promoters and launder money. I seen it happen in the are I live in, thats how alot of them have cash and act rich and when they get caught up they flee to Mexico.

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  13. Uno de los mero meros de los Valencia. Arriba el apellído grande.

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  14. Nice article BB. Where did you get the driver’s license from Cali? Interesting photo. Looks way different than his older self.

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    1. El Norte published it back in 2003. No idea how they got it.

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  15. Atherton, California ? You don’t use many brown/ Mexicans in that area? Hummm very pricey area I may say

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  16. This Eloy Trevino garcia was or is CDG ?

    Something is not adding up?

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    1. Eloy Treviño Garcia was a commander of the Tamaulipas State Police in the 1990s. In 1995, he was arrested in Laredo (Texas) and deported to Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas), where he was wanted on drug-related charges. He was absolved by the Tercer Tribunal Unitario in 1996 after he was sentenced to 8 years. Apparently he had been arrested before, once in 1992. Nothing happened.

      He worked under Dionisio Román García Sánchez ("El Chacho"). Their group, Los Chachos, was based in Nuevo Laredo and had been around since the 1980s. They had a loose alliance with the old Gulf Cartel and were "okayed" by Juan Garcia Abrego, but once Osiel Cardenas became leader there was conflict between them.

      I have the sources (in print) for Eloy Treviño Garcia. Please email me if you need them.

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  17. He's related to El Mencho's wife. He's a Valencia. Actually the main Valencia. They ran Guadalajara for years under the federation. Now they're CJNG same family behind it. Valencia's are stronger than ever.

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    1. He's one of menchos baby daddy's es el padre del juan carlos aka armandillo but he's rosalindas uncle so he's dad n uncle at same damn time

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    2. that means his brother-in-law got his wife and had 2 -3 kids by her. they gonna be partners, doubt it. unless he wants to be brother in laws johnny cockeroo.

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  18. Being a heavyweight and probably many many enemies... why the hell would you tell public what church you will attend... or even be living... easy target of anybody wanted to get at him...

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  19. Dead man walking 🚶🏿‍♂️

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  20. What is he in relation to El Lobo and El Tigre? Interesting to know if he was close to them as they accused Mencho of turning them and Nacho Coronel in. His son JP or el 3 is said to be real close to Mencho, which would make things real interesting. I guess we will find out soon?

    Also, Atherton is the wealthiest city in America. He will be living calmly. I wonder if that LLC is a money laundering front. This is all very intriguing.

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    1. You got it wrong Chapo turned in Nacho and Los Valencias because they were getting to big and Nacho wanted to form CJNG with them

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    2. means her son is also her cousin.

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  21. What is he in relation to El Lobo and El Tigre? Interesting to know if he was close to them as they accused Mencho of turning them and Nacho Coronel in. His son JP or el 3 is said to be real close to Mencho, which would make things real interesting. I guess we will find out soon?

    Also, Atherton is the wealthiest city in America. He will be living calmly. I wonder if that LLC is a money laundering front. This is all very intriguing.

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  22. I live in Redwood City down the street from atherton.... I’m surprised he has that type of money still

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    1. He probably moved tons of drugs for many years, you'd be surprised how much money he has.

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  23. A Mexican national released in the US after pleading guilty n doing time for some serious charges...wonder why

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  24. Stanford Health has a Cancer treatment center there in Redwood City. Could be he is seeking treatment there wants to be close by. I used to go there until my specialist jumped ships to UCSF. So now I go there.

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  25. I'm pretty sure there some what connected. But theres a corrido called El Mayor de los Valencias which it talks about being a avocado farmer and shot caller. Says he resided in Tecalitlan Jalsico. Idk if it's about him or maybe siblings but just dropping some info

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  26. MX, Armando Valencia was married to Rosalinda the wife of Mencho they have a son Juan Carlos Valencia Gonzalez El 3 which is Mencho's stepson and is very active in CJNG.

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    1. Thanks for the info. Do you know if there's any connection (other than marriage) between the Gonzalez-Valencia siblings and Armando Valencia Cornelio? Intermarriage between cousins and/or distant relatives is not unusual in the remote areas where they are from but I was wondering if they knew of each other before. Thank you!

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    2. It was his querida y sabrina not wife

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    3. Valencia is among the most common last names in Michoacán, just like Gonzalez. As the article states, the government had difficulty to ID this man because in Michoacán there was many men named AV. Through his vast properties he was found out. Also some last names are very regional, my wife's last name is specific to NW Mex. Whether he's anything to Cuinis is for research to determine.

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    4. MX, Their marriage is the only relation i think. Another interesting fact is that Armando was the boss of Mencho. Thats why there's a very close relationship between Mencho/Cuinis and Armando.

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  27. Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse! Willie Mays, Jerry Rice, Steph Curry, and now Valencia Cornelio!

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  28. Why the hell is this drug trafficking convicted felon being released here in the states n non being deported to Mex.???smells like rat🐁

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    1. No es Chinaloa para ser ratota vatillo guango

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  29. Javier martinez el 22 el mas pesado de todos y ni pedo hacia hasta que lo mataron por sapo. El mamado de nvo laredo

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  30. He does bear resemblance to a Cuini.

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  31. German Ofer Rosales' real name is Lucio Manriquez aka Sol. He was a big time hitter, he was fighting in Nuevo Laredo along with la Barbie, and el Mamado, some of the first mantas were from the Zetaz to him (Sol) and Barbie. Sol was cold blooded, hime Javier Martinez Perez aka el Mamado and Edagar Valdez la Barbie or el Güero were extremley close in the late 90's early 2000's until both Mamado and Sol were rubbed out. He got the nickname Sol because he had a scar on his forehead that looked just like a sun. He got it when he was hit with a bat and left for dead. El Mamado and Barbie were both from Laredo Tx. Sol was from SLP.

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  32. Los Valencia tuvieron un enfrentamiento con el Tisico (que en paz descanse), por eso se cambiaron de vivir en uruapan y sus alrededores, para irse fuera. Es interesante ver cómo hay una lazo sanguíneo, una especie de enrocamiento para hacer de un cartel, una família, un frente más unido. Sin embargo la vida la mil vueltas. Un saludo.

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  33. No this guy is not a SNITCHALOAS, he did not 🐀...

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  34. Hahaa....Yea this dude is gettin old. Unfortunately he is draggin all of us with him!

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  35. The people saying this guy is going to get back into what got him sent to the US are fools he isn't going back he is going to sit in the states and enjoy what time he has left. Things change being out of the game for 19 years is a long time their is nothing left to go back to.

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  36. from what i know the milenio cartel meant business. thats how the valencia people roll. they are quiet and prefer making money. that is why edelio "el yeyo" lopez falcon reached out to them and both worked very closely without issues. el yeyo was quiet and preferred to indulge in other activities to avoid the heat. but the zetas/gulf cartel were aggressive. same thing happened to el chacho, killed off by violent groups. i think that is why the USA was lenient with them. armando valencia cornelio was a businessman, not a killer. just my two cents.

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    1. He was a p.o.s. and betrayed el yeyo. If he was such a businessman they would’ve saved his seat at the throne like RCQ. Maradona wanted it all

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  37. I zipped some azteca de oro with this homie at rancho las tablas didnt even know who he was at the time i was dating his niece all i know is they where being hunted they where all paranoid

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  38. Este Valencia is the biggest rata in Kentucky history

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