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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mexican judge suspends U.S. extradition of 'El Tío'

 "MX" for Borderland Beat

Raúl Flores Hernández ("El Tío")

A Mexican federal judge suspended the U.S. extradition of Raúl Flores Hernández ("El Tío"), an independent drug kingpin who had strategic alliances with multiple drug cartels. El Tio's defense issued a motion arguing that 60 days had passed without him being extradited to the U.S., a threshold stipulated in the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Mexico. He asked for his immediate release from prison.

El Tio told the federal judge he was worried about his extradition because he is also accused of murder and does not want to face the death penalty in the U.S. However, Mexican officials reassured him that he will not face death penalty if he is extradited Mexico will not agree to extradite a national under such conditions.

In October 2019, Borderland Beat reported that El Tio had been approved for U.S. extradition after he had exhausted all of the legal remedies available to avoid it. Mexican authorities said that there was not a single obstacle preventing his extradition to the U.S. Today's action may highlight the government's inability and/or unwillingness to effectively bring some drug cartel leaders to justice.

Background

U.S. authorities say that El Tio has been a long-time international drug kingpin. Although he operated independently, El Tio maintained ties with multiple drug cartels in Mexico since the 1980s. He had ties to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel. His criminal network was mostly based in Guadalajara and Mexico City, and included a vast web of family members and trusted associates.

"[El Tio] has operated for decades because of his longstanding relationships with other drug cartels and his use of financial front persons to mask his investments of illegal drug proceeds," said OFAC Director John E. Smith in 2017.

"This major joint action reflects the U.S. government's close cooperation with our law enforcement partners in Mexico to stop the illegal flow of narcotics and to target and expose drug kingpins and those who facilitate their illicit financial networks."

In March 2017, he was indicted in the U.S. District of Colombia and the Southern District of California for drug trafficking. In August of that year, he was sanctioned under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for his involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering.

As a result of this sanction, all of his U.S.-based assets were frozen and U.S. individuals were prohibited from engaging in business activities with him. His assets in Mexico were also frozen.

Sources: Milenio and Borderland Beat archives

23 comments:

  1. What keeps a Mex drug lord from being extradited?
    - Valuable info and
    - Cash
    The more time goes by the less he has of both and the more likely he is to get extradited.

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    1. Bingo
      Now if AlMO was running Mexico This guy Should Get Life and Death Pentaly
      Mexico needs to get a whole new Justice system
      But I do not hear of anyone going for one

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  2. Of course the judge stopped it since he ended up getting a good bribe.

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  3. What’s the purpose of extradition again?

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    1. For a better life in prison and dea witness

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    2. So they actually STAY in prison.

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  4. How come they are always able to extradite Mexican criminals but they are never able to extradite Russian Chinese and other countries criminal that are wanted by the fbi

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    1. Because they don’t have an extradition treaty with Russia or China 🤔

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    2. 12:03 do you rimemberr after murdering Kiki Camarena the CIA had to abandon ship and run home to Papi?
      "The mexican cartels took over" but mexican politicians were still on top, carlos salinas de gortari became presidente, stole the military budget by billions of dollars and let them take over their share from criminals, his associate politicians took another bite, and all have been bitching about it all under the table and behind the courtains,
      PROBLEM: THE AMERICANS WANT IT ALL BACK WITH INTEREST, that is all the War on Drugs was all about, cartels refuse to hand shit over just because other criminals say so.

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    3. Not our neighbors right next door

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    4. Mexican capos should go to China or Russia and call shots From over there

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  5. Payment of bribe delays certain justice.

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  6. As I write here for many years there are hundreds of people hundreds of independiente narcos like Tío. All through the Sierra Madre and many families in Guadalajara, Nayarit, Mazatlan, Culiacán, Torreón, Durango. If you no believe visit Semana Santa in Mazatlan and there are many from all the país.

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    1. Any info on the near war in Durango CDM?

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    2. Same in Tamaulipas and NL. Cdg gives them the drugs and these independents move it on their own... like Idalia Big Momma Rangel.

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    3. Same all over Mexico, Sinaloa isn’t the only place with big independent players

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    4. 2:07 Yeah - like he said “many from all the país“

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    5. 4:47 🇲🇽 is a SHIT hole now with ALL the CURUPTION and government giving capos and SICARIOS protection from police AND avoiding PRISON..
      THIS guy will STILL get extradited BUT he thinks he has a CHANCE like many before HIM... El CHAPO, El cuini, El hummer, El viceroy and many others thought they had a CHANCE too..
      Only a matter of time..

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  7. Colombian source busted working with American military service men

    http://www.northescambia.com/2020/10/dea-source-of-cocaine-supply-to-pensacola-is-knocked-out

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  8. He appears to be a nice uncle! Let him go!

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  9. It is all the Americans fault, they ruined the Mexican judiciary at the top by planting their spies. If the Americans had really wanted them he would have been gone by now, but he was useful for a time. The drug problem in all of north America is caused by the Americans wanting to control all of north America by drugging it to death. It is all proven, no need to be upset with the facts.

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