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Messenger for Mexico’s CJNG cartel pleads guilty to money laundering

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Messenger for Mexico’s CJNG cartel pleads guilty to money laundering

News Tech: On Tuesday, a courier who worked in Virginia for one of Mexico’s bloodiest drug cartels entered a guilty plea to a money-laundering allegation.

One Orozco-petition Sandoval’s papers state that the undercover law enforcement officer spoke with a money broker who was “said to work for CJNG.”

Jorge Orozco-Sandoval, 35, reportedly admitted in federal court in Alexandria that he paid nearly $320,000 in three separate instalments at a Target store in Front Royal, Virginia, in the hopes that Mexico would receive the money from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), but he actually handed over the bags of cash to a covert law enforcement officer, according to documents filed with his guilty plea.

The broker instructed the undercover officer to “arrange for the proceeds to be transferred into a bank account to be sent back to suppliers in Mexico” after a courier would deliver the drug proceeds to northwest Virginia.

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema determined Orozco-Sandoval’s sentence on November 29. He faced up to 20 years in prison.

According to researchers from the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study, “Despite the fact that the CJNG is one of the youngest cartels in Mexico, it is considered one of the most powerful and violent cartels in Mexico today.” Terrorism and response to terrorism. He says 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 para-military strategy, its The use of drones and high-powered weapons to attack enemy groups and promote it on social media to control parts of Mexico. The Justice Department states that it is “one of the five most dangerous international criminal organizations in the world, responsible for the smuggling of many tons of cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl-less heroin into the United States, as well as violence and significant loss of life.” Responsible. Mexico.”

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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 to capture him. His son, Rubén Oseguera González, was extradited to the United States in 2020 to face international drug-trafficking charges and is awaiting trial in D.C. federal court. Is the new generation becoming the most powerful cartel in Mexico?

In 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced 15 indictments of cartel leaders, financiers, transporters and suppliers. Orozco-Sandoval’s attorney, Adam M. Crischer said after the hearing that Orozco-Sandoval pleaded guilty only to the money-laundering charge filed Tuesday. Brinkma told the bench that as part of Orozco-Sandoval’s plea that he also distributed cocaine in Virginia, his prison term could be longer.