19th January 2021
By Robert Mazur What took the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division years to build was destroyed with a wink and a nod from Mexican prosecutors and politicians. They conducted an “intense review” of the evidence U.S. prosecutors had gathered that strongly implicated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico’s minister of… Read More
18th January 2021
By David Klein, OCCRP, 15 January 2021 OCCRP – Three US real estate companies have agreed to turn over more than US$50 million to the federal government to resolve claims they accepted the proceeds of drug trafficking laundered through an underground exchange market. “The Black Market… Read More
15th January 2021
In October 2014, Canadian intelligence leaders were invited to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va. The DEA had a theory: the upper echelons of global money laundering, terrorism, drug-trafficking and organized crime all bleed together. And only a handful of men in this murky world of extremely… Read More
15th January 2021
Mexican prosecutors on Thursday exonerated a former defense minister who was arrested in the United States on drug trafficking charges and sent home to face a possible trial. The attorney general’s office said it would take no action against retired general Salvador Cienfuegos, whose surprise arrest at a Los Angeles… Read More
4th January 2021
AP — The Mexican army said Thursday that fentanyl seizures increased by at least 486% in 2020. Military and police forces said on the final day of the year that they had seized an estimated 1.3 tons of the synthetic opioid, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019. Read More
1st January 2021
Mexico is home to the world’s most powerful drug cartels, who have terrorized the country for years. But the country is poised to try something different in tackling the gangs by legalizing at least one of their products: marijuana. Mexico is set to become the world’s largest legal cannabis market… Read More
30th December 2020
Mexico will likely approve a bill making the central bank the nation’s dollar buyer of last resort following changes that will ease concerns it could force the institution to take illicit funds, a top senator said. Lawmakers will hammer out details with central bank and finance ministry officials in January,… Read More
30th December 2020
Like a lot of businesses, the Sinaloa Cartel was knocked back on its heels as the coronavirus swept the globe and travel ground to a near halt. Government measures to contain the virus had fouled up its operations, interrupting the supply of chemicals for manufacturing synthetic drugs like fentanyl and… Read More
30th December 2020
Wildlife protection officials are blaming hard economic times brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic for skyrocketing numbers in wild animal trafficking cases in 2020, as some people may be turning to the criminal activity to survive. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of federally protected animals seized by the environmental… Read More
24th December 2020
AP — Mexican investigators said Tuesday they have filed money-laundering complaints against five religious groups in Mexico, including the Luz del Mundo church whose leader is charged in the United States with child rapes. The announcement from the Financial Intelligence Unit did not identify the groups involved… Read More