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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Mexican drug kingpin 'El Tio' extradited to the U.S.

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Raúl Flores Hernández ("El Tío")

The Mexican Attorney General's Office (FGR) extradited Raúl Flores Hernández ('El Tio', The Uncle), an independent drug kingpin who had strategic alliances with multiple drug cartels. The extradition was made at the Toluca International Airport in the State of Mexico, where he was handed over to US agents based in Washington. D.C. El Tio lost his extradition trial last year but promoted various motions to halt this process.


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

El Tio is also accused of negotiating and trafficking large amounts of cocaine with various Mexican criminal groups, in addition to working with Colombian drug suppliers and controlling shipping routes from Mexico to the United States.


"[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 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.


Source: Milenio and Borderland Beat archives

15 comments:

  1. Why is z40 still around?

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  2. Why is 40 still in mx?

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    1. He put in a lot of “work” and made lots of money for his “superiors”.

      Happy?

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  3. Ah yes. The narco freelancers. Those who pay “piso” and move loads in all plazas. Reduced liability for the cartel but still good money for them, more money and risk for the freelancer, but they can get out of the business quickly after a few loads. Everyone wins. Such a misunderstood and underrepresented reality of the global drug trade.

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    1. I would do that, make a million and retire but no people wanna become billionaires.

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    2. You make it sound easy but as soon as a cartel knows that you do that and then try to quick for good. Then they are going to tell you that now you work for them or give them all the money you made because now it belongs to them.

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    3. Nobody wins in the drug trade, and being extradited is not a "win".

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    4. Sorry to break it to you, but some people do win. Somewhere. This guy got too big for his own good, but most of the drugs moved north are done by these freelancers who get out of the game after a few loads. Maybe they come back, sometimes they don’t. They go back and invest in Mexico, open up a new restaurant, buy themselves a house, send their kids to a good school, pay for a rancho or a sick relative somewhere. I’ve seen it and know of many cases.

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  4. Sounds like he was bigger and smarter than el Chapo working for 3 major cartels as an independent.

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  5. why did you stop printing stories?? You know how boring life has been without borderland beat??? Please don't do this shit again! Damn!!!

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    1. Drug traffickers and terroristas should have no rights, but some lawmakers and law enforcers make believe those pet boys of them weigh a lot

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  6. Somos gente del Tio

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    1. El no tiene gente el tio, lo que el hacia es pagar al contado las cargas y les pagaba a otros carteles para pasarla del otro lado.

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