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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Three Men in Laredo, Texas Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle $500,000 Worth of Weapons to Cartel del Noreste

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Three men are now facing federal charges in Laredo, Texas for their roles in a conspiracy on behalf of Cartel del Noreste (CDN), announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.  

Luis Ramos, 43, Rio Bravo, is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Judge Christopher A. Dos Santos in Laredo today at 1:30 p.m. Authorities took him into custody Tuesday, July 27. Also charged and previously arrested are Mexican national Manuel Perez-Ortiz, 39, and Arturo Mata Jr., 55, Rio Bravo. They are expected again in federal court Aug. 12. A federal grand jury returned the five-count indictment May 18.

The charges allege that negotiations to purchase $500,000 worth of high-powered weapons occurred in May 2020. The weapons allegedly included machine guns, grenades, military-style rifles, and rocket-propelled launchers. According to the indictment, the plan was for the weapons to be purchased in the United States and then smuggled into Mexico. There, those associated with CDN planned to use them in battles against rival cartels to further their drug smuggling activities, according to the charges.   

CDN allegedly sent Perez-Ortiz to conduct the transaction in Laredo. On June 19, 2020, Ramos and Mata drove Perez-Ortiz to and from the meetings discussing the exchange, according to the indictment. Mata also allegedly assisted in providing counter-surveillance during the operation.

Law enforcement apprehended Ramos and Perez-Ortiz June 19, 2020. At that time, authorities seized $500,000, according to the charges. All men are charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to export firearms to Mexico. Upon conviction, they face up to 20 years in prison for the money laundering conspiracy as well as a maximum $500,000 fine or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction. The indictment also alleges three substantive money laundering counts, including international money laundering, which carry the same potential penalty. The conspiracy to export firearms charge carries a potential punishment of five years and a maximum $250,000 fine.

The investigation was part of the Blue Indigo task force and brought as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed Operation Noreste. OCDETF is the largest anti-crime task force in the country. Its mission is to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States through prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency task forces that leverage the authorities and expertise of federal, state, and local law enforcement.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Laredo Police Department conducted the investigation of this case with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The Blue Indigo task force also includes Border Patrol.

Source DOJ

41 comments:

  1. Someone snitched and it wasn't Chapo. Heads be rolling soon

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    1. On the reals?

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    2. Depending on their criminal history, these guys will take a plea and do 5-7 years. Compared to a 20+ year sentence if these guys had been conspiring to import $500,000 worth of drugs. As they said in Layer Cake about drug trafficking sentences: “you can get 15 years for this…which is more than a rapist.”

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    3. Yeah! It was an obvious BATF op gone wrong, as usual. And was busted- again- by the DEA. Just like gun runner, busted by the DEA, and fast and furious, busted by the DEA. DEA could gethigher stats just arresting BATF pogues!

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    4. Yeah! It was an obvious BATF op gone wrong, as usual. And was busted- again- by the DEA. Just like gun runner, busted by the DEA, and fast and furious, busted by the DEA. DEA could gethigher stats just arresting BATF pogues!

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    5. Yeah! It was an obvious BATF op gone wrong, as usual. And was busted- again- by the DEA. Just like gun runner, busted by the DEA, and fast and furious, busted by the DEA. DEA could gethigher stats just arresting BATF pogues!

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    6. Yeah this is a huge problem for them right here

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  2. Excellent 👍 job US enforcement agencies.
    CDN cheerleaders I am sorry to say, but a few of your compardres are going to the pokey for awhile, the good news... while in prison they will not be able to create homicides or cut people up or kidnap or extort.
    They will come out as old grampas, deported to Mexico, where they will be welcomed and then shot up the next day for losing the merchandise.

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    1. They'll be doing laundry for la letra and cuernos.for commissary.

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    2. 12:10 that arrest hardly makes any impact to the CDN #s 3 guys lost who weren't even soldiers CDN has thousands of guys.
      and you must not know about prison if you think you cannot "create homicides or extort" from there.
      They wont even serve 10 yrs and be out, no one is coming out as a grandpa.
      Ive already done 1 penitentiary sentence for weapons and am facing a 2nd and even after this i will come out young enough to do it again if i want, ppl go to jail longer in the US for fraud!

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    3. 1130 it made a dent they lost $500 thousand bucks.

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    4. Short handed view, on both

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    5. @11:30 so you've trafficked firearms like these three individuals and have pending weapons trafficking charges and will most likely plead NC or guilty and believe you won't get big time? Is this state or federal and are you the primary defendant or a tag along? By any chance are you debriefing?

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  3. Cdn seem to be getting bigger there always on BB

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    1. Except every time they are mentioned it’s because they are on the losing end..

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    2. AMLO should deploy his fully automatic hug machine against the Zetas 😂🤣😂

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      Hugs, drugs and thugs is AMLO policy

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  4. sry OT but is this true? https://mexicocodigorojo.com.mx/2021/07/confidencial-amlo-planea-liberar-al-capo-miguel-felix-el-jefe-de-jefes/

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    1. The decree to release prisoners is true...but doubtful that Miguel Felix Gallardo qualifies, he does with his age and health but his conviction doesnt count as 'non serious crimes'

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    2. Thx, my fear is that we see Rafa 2.0

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  5. Where is the guy that says that USA gives the guns to go to Mexico? Common I am waiting...
    Guns, ammo, rifles are purchased by these a holes. Funds come from drug sales, kidnapping, extortion.

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    1. PleAse tell me where I can go buy RPGs and grenades in bulk .. you cannot get your hands on any of these items without having a military connection

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    2. 4:42 re read to who you replied, your off course retry.

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  6. Penalty is only five years for those type of firearms? The feds don’t have much leverage on the charge and probably using laundering as the snitch factor.

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  7. doesn't cartel del noreste kidnap little teens and makes them work for them. same mierda zetas different name

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  8. EZto eZ Nektar!

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    1. Dis whut'uh mean, dis wut'uh mean, this is what I mean. That beauty! It is hope! It's only a short fuse my friend! We all know how easy those go out. Send a charge to cut mine out! I'll still eclect Son to be shout.

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  9. The fact that you can even buy this stuff in the States is disturbing. A concerned Canadian...

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    1. You can't legally purchase machine guns, grenades, full auto weapons, and rocket-propelled launchers in the United States. Criminal acquire those from other criminals.

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    2. You can buy it providing your mentally ok and pass a background check by DOJ. In Canada you can buy machine guns and the government can care less.

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    3. You guys in Canada all you have to worry is Hockey you might have a northern border but you don't know jack about the Southwest.

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    4. Thats koo foo

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    5. Canada is a nation of bob and doug mckenzies who are scared to fight unless they have on ice skates because thats just how effeminate men do things .
      In America we shoot things that cause problems therefore we are a nation of problem solvers and bad asses thats why those Fn cartels stop at the border and would never last a min if they crossed that line .Sure your tough when you got guns and the cops and politicans on your side terrorizing unarmed migrants and the poor exploiting anything you can off the backs of the good people of Mexico but try that shit over and your teir 1 operators would get chewed up by our 1st and 2nd grade Rotc's and we would put dresses on all of you and sell you to the canadians as mail order brides then we would donate the money back to the good people of Mexico so they could all go out and party and not have to worry about a bunch of dicks showing up and ruining the party . And thats a biblical fact . Disturbed canadians and teir cartel operatives make some of the nicest couples as far as forced coupling goes so there you have it Everyones happy and Chapo Snitched BFD !

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    6. 2:03 Hope your happy with 6:52 answer.

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    7. 2:03 Hope your happy with 6:52 answer.

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    8. Yet another part time comedian applying here at BB? We're fully booked with Sicario 006, Caballero De Jalisco, Caps Lock Nino, Triple emoji Kid, Negative Chief and Koo Foo!

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    9. @6:52 Stfu, cartels, other mafias and tons of street gangs rule USA streets.

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  10. Fkn CBP are getting smart, unless someone really snitch .

    I’ve taken vehicles into Nuevo Laredo with no license plates and they would stop me. But they have no right to stop and search you.

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    1. Comon stop crying, no plates is an invitation for every cop no matter which country.

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  11. I have a feeling that the person posting " That's koo foo " is kathi and I don't like it , so I'm done! Not reading or anything else ever here again

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  12. Se me antoja una caguama bien helada.

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