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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Courier For Mexican Cartel Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

"Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat

The 35-year-old was unknowingly giving money to an undercover law enforcement officer, according to court documents

Police officers inspect the burned wreckage of a bus that was set alight by members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel after the detention of one of its leaders by Mexican federal forces. 

A courier working in Virginia for one of the most violent drug cartels in Mexico pleaded guilty to a money-laundering charge on Tuesday.

Jorge Orozco-Sandoval, 35, admitted in federal court in Alexandria that he dropped off nearly $320,000 in three separate installments at a Target store in Front Royal, Va., expecting the funds to be sent to Mexico to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). But he actually handed the bags of money to an undercover law enforcement officer, according to documents filed with his guilty plea.

An undercover law enforcement officer “was in contact with a money broker who purported to work for” the CJNG, according to Orozco-Sandoval’s plea documents. The broker told the undercover officer that a courier would drop off drug proceeds in northwestern Virginia, and that the officer needed “to arrange to deposit the proceeds into a bank account to send them back to the suppliers in Mexico.”

“This, in turn, would facilitate the ongoing drug trafficking enterprise,” the documents say.
Orozco-Sandoval dropped off $129,100 in June 2021 to a second undercover officer, $94,500 in July 2021 and $96,240 in September 2021, he admitted in the documents. Orozco-Sandoval also distributed cocaine in Virginia, according to a statement of facts filed with his plea.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia had charged him and four others in May with conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Orozco-Sandoval previously served a prison sentence in Maryland for possessing drugs with intent to distribute and was deported to Mexico in 2010.

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema scheduled Orozco-Sandoval's sentencing for Nov. 29. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

“Despite the fact that CJNG is one of the youngest cartels in Mexico it is considered to be one of, if not, the most powerful and violent cartel in Mexico today,” according to researchers at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. They say the cartel is believed to have more than $20 billion in assets.

Since its formal founding in 2011, the CJNG has been known for its quasi-military tactics, its use of drones and high-powered weapons to attack enemy cartels for control of parts of Mexico, and its propaganda on social media. The Justice Department says it is “one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world, responsible for trafficking many tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced heroin into the United States, as well as for violence and significant loss of life in Mexico.”

The organization’s founder and leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, or “El Mencho,” is one of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted fugitives. The DEA is offering $10 million for information leading to his capture. His son, Rubén Oseguera González, was extradited to the United States in 2020 to face international drug-trafficking charges and is awaiting trial in federal court in D.C.

In 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced 15 indictments of the cartel’s leaders, financiers, transporters and suppliers.

Orozco-Sandoval’s attorney, Adam M. Krischer, said after the hearing that Orozco-Sandoval pleaded guilty only to a money-laundering charge filed Tuesday. Brinkema said from the bench that Orozco-Sandoval’s admission as part of the plea that he also distributed cocaine in Virginia could lengthen his prison term.


  1. A lot of people see these money launderers as harmless. They are the ones keeping the money machine working smoothly and are every bit responsible for the violence as the guy who pulls the trigger.

    1. Yep, the thing is most if not alm of them get a slap on the wrist, hey guys if you want to get involved in the drug trade and make money, learn some math and become a money launderer, thats the best way to go, o and always keep a low profile

  2. It’s crazy just how many they don’t know about. The cartels are regaining the power over governments like it’s 1980’s!

  3. Wow anyone want to bet whether or not the money made it to the evidence room?? that's a lot of money, big money big temptation

  4. 9:10:
    Twenty years ago it was hard for Mexican authorities to seize money. If you go back to the old photos, they show a bunch of police with big smiles who say we decommissioned XX kilos but no money was on the table. Same for guns. They would take the nice guns and "seize" the shitty ones.
    Over the last decade or so, Mexican authorities have been more consistent in seizing money as their law enforcement capacity improves.
    In this case, this was in the U.S. The money made it into the U.S. treasury.

  5. Anybody that is involved regardless of whether they are the top dog or a peon is guilty .... Even if a person did a 1$ transaction with em they r involved

    1. 10:06:
      You are absolutely correct.

  6. at this point. it doesn't even matter.. they ruined the whole experience.. and we probably won't be able to find a bullet-proof table in time, thanks a lot guys.


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