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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado, CDS, Pleads Guilty in US Federal Court

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: USDOJ y Excelsior
         Leader of a Sinaloan Drug Trafficking Organization Pleaded Guilty In Federal Court

The leader of a Sinaloan drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute over 1000 kilograms of marijuana and conspiring to import more than five kilograms of cocaine and 1000 kilograms of marijuana. 

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan and Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the announcement.

Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado, 55, was indicted with 25 others in Detroit, Michigan, in 2005 for conspiring to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana.  According to the indictment, Paredes-Machado led a drug trafficking organization in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, that was responsible for the distribution of 40 tons of marijuana. 

In 2012, Paredes-Machado was indicted in Washington, D.C., by the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section of the Department of Justice.  According to that indictment, Paredes-Machado conspired to import more than five kilograms of cocaine and 1000 kilograms of marijuana into the United States.

Paredes-Machado agreed to plead guilty in the Eastern District of Michigan to charges in both the Michigan and DC cases. As a part of his DC plea conduct, Paredes-Machado acknowledged that he had directed a drug conspiracy from Mexico for more than 10 years, beginning in the 1990s.  Paredes-Machado worked in a criminal organization that was headed by Benjamin Jaramillo-Felix. 

This organization was affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel and was dedicated to the illegal trafficking of narcotics from Colombia, through Central America and Mexico, and then into the United States.

Paredes-Machado invested in shipments of cocaine and had a direct role overseeing the transportation of tonnage quantities of cocaine in Los Cabos, Mexico.  Paredes-Machado directed a team of 20 to 30 men that would receive cocaine from other co-conspirators in Los Cabos, a city in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.  

From Los Cabos, Paredes-Machado and others would transport the cocaine by boat or airplane to various locations in Mexico, which were controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel including Culiacan, Sinaloa, and Navajoa, Sonora. 

Paredes-Machado was also responsible for collecting payments for both the purchase of drugs from drug shipment investors and receiving proceeds from the eventual sale of narcotics. These transactions typically involved tens of millions of United States dollars. Paredes-Machado transferred these funds to others within the Organization.

Paredes-Machado was also in charge of the United States and Mexican border area in Agua Prieta, a town in the Mexican state of Sonora and on behalf of the criminal organization supervised the importation of controlled substances there including tonnage quantities of marijuana.

As part of the Michigan drug conduct Paredes-Machado acknowledged that supplied an extensive marijuana criminal conspiracy where he directed others to export marijuana from Mexico to the United States and distribute it in Detroit, Michigan and throughout the United States in loads weighing more than 100 kilograms.

Paredes-Machado knew that more than 450 kilograms cocaine and more than 90,000 kilograms of marijuana would be illegally imported into the United States for further distribution.     

According to court records, Mexican authorities arrested Paredes-Machado in 2011.  He was extradited to the United States and first appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2015.  A sentencing date has been scheduled for Feb. 5, 2020, before U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts.

The DEA’s Detroit Field office is leading the investigation.  Trial Attorney Jason Ruiz of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Wininger of the Eastern District of Michigan are prosecuting the case.

Drug Trafficking Component(s):Criminal Division  USAO -Michigan, Eastern Press Release Number: 19-1050

Backround Info from: Excelsior 2011:

Operator of the Sinaloa cartel falls in the Edomex ; Marco Antonio Paredes Machado is accused of exporting two to three tons of marijuana per month to the US.

MEXICO CITY, January 12, 2011: A subject identified as Marco Antonio Paredes Machado or Héctor Ariel Rosas Ugalde, leader of a criminal cell that operated the trafficking of marijuana  and cocaine for the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested by the Federal Police in the State of Mexico.

The federal Ministry of Public Security announced in a press release that this subject and his criminal group worked primarily in the Federal District and the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora.

According to the reports of the Federal Police since 1986, the criminal group known as ''Los Paredes''  introduced two to three tons of marijuana monthly to the United States.

He also points out the federal agency that his work for the criminal group of Sinaloa led him to personally know, as he refers to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias ''El Chapo Guzmán'', Héctor Beltrán Leyva, alias 'El H'' and in life to Amado Carrillo Fuentes, as well as Arturo Beltrán Leyva, aka ''El Barbas''.

The federal agency reported that 'Los Paredes' are allegedly responsible for the construction of a tunnel that began in the state of Sonora and that connected with Arizona, United States, a place that was secured in 1999, where they managed to take at least 20 United States tons of cocaine whose final destination was Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona, United States.

Marco Antonio Paredes Machado, who was arrested in the company of his romantic partner identified as Rosa Icela Ponce Valencia, has a provisional arrest warrant for international extradition against her.

The capture of Marco Antonio Paredes Machado, was carried out following the case of the arrest of his brother, Rodolfo Paredes Machado in December 2010 who was identified as second in command of the criminal organization of ''Los Paredes ''.

According to the background of the Federal Police, after an attack on his family in which three of his brothers died in May 2004, he decided to change his place of residence to Mexico City, from where he allegedly managed businesses with resources of illegal origin.

With the arrest of Marco Antonio Paredes Machado or Héctor Ariel Rosas Ugalde, the provisional arrest warrant was issued for international extradition against him, issued by the judicial authority in October 2010, for crimes against health.

Meanwhile, the arrest order of Rosa Icela Ponce Valencia, was issued by the Public Prosecutor of the Federation in January 2011, for the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin and organized crime.

The alleged criminals were arrested in possession of a BMW 3 Series car, 2011 model, white, and were made available to the Federal Public Ministry Agent, who will be responsible for carrying out the corresponding legal procedures.


  1. 3 bros dead! from the chapo vs beltran leyva war?

    1. No they were killed in '04 before the cds blo war

    2. The rumor was that el calichi who operated from naco Sonora sent a group of sicarios to carry the hit. El calichi used to work for el dos mil and once the war with blo and cds started el dos mil did not have any protection since he chose to stay with the beltrans.

    3. Who were the bros that were killed?

    4. Couldn’t post my comment about m100 and calichi?

    5. In the Agua Prieta shooting Monday, two or three gunmen walked into Los Tulipanes restaurant and opened fire about 11 a.m. with pistol and automatic rifle. The gunmen were gone by the time police arrived about 15 minutes later.

      Tucsonan Maria Del Refugio Paredes Machado, a sister of Manuel Leobardo Paredes Machado, died at the scene, as did Adrian Gonzales Huma, the waiter.

      Leonel Paredes Peru, whose place of residence and relationship to the other Paredes family members were not immediately available, died later at a hospital.

      A fourth family member, Rodolfo Paredes Machado, a brother, was taken to an Agua Prieta hospital along with another man identified in Mexican press accounts as the family's business manager.

    6. It was Rodolfo, Leo aka Osito his sister and a nephew. Fox was supposed to be there that day too,Markitos also. Calichi got the green light from Dos mil. They planned on killing Calichi during the fiestas but the gunman didn't want to because his daughters where with him. A member of the rival cartel from Foxes group was killed because Calichis men intercepted a phone call over a high tech scanner.

  2. Big time felonies. Another one gets stacked, court and prison life awaits him.

  3. El m100 ya está pisando firme las prisiones estadounidense

  4. No one ever kept Agua Prieta as safe and calm ah he did Mis respetos al M-100

  5. el hijo trae la plaza y hermanos tambien nada a cambiado mas los cambios de gente ahi en navajoa

  6. Where's Sicario006 been?? Hope not injured in battle.

  7. Respeto al señor m100

  8. Marckitos tiene la plaza de APSON

  9. El capo del desierto by Sergio Vega o Laberinto low key corrido of his. The M-100 corrido by Tito Torbellino or Martin Castillo cane out when he was already locked up, btw.

  10. Marcos was the best of all of them....he and my father were partners for some years....its sad...

    El conejo.....


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