Treasury/Office of Foreign Assets Control
The US Treasury authorised an purported mid-level Mexican
drug-cartel user and his classification on Wednesday, naming
them as poignant unfamiliar narcotics traffickers.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control designed Raul Flores
Hernandez and a Flores drug-trafficking classification underneath the
Kingpin Act, fixing 21 Mexican adults and 42 entities —
including bars, restaurants, a soccer club, and a casino — for
allegedly providing support to a classification or for being
owned by people concerned it.
In March, Flores Hernandez was indicted in a District of
Columbia and a Southern District of California on
drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.
He is also wanted in Mexico in
propinquity to organized-crime-related offenses.
According to Mike Vigil, former arch of general operations
for a US Drug Enforcement Administration, Flores Hernandez has
been active given a late 1980s yet has never risen above being
a mid-level trafficker.
“His gift has been navigating between cartels,” Vigil told
Business Insider, including between warring cartels. Vigil
compared Flores Hernandez to Juan Jose Esparragoza
Moreno, aka “El Azul,” whose ability to navigate the
narco universe as a tip personality in a Sinaloa conglomeration warranted him the
additional nickname of “the diplomat.”
Flores Hernandez is “smooth as butter when it comes to
progressing relations with opposite cartels,” Vigil said,
job him a smooth-talker with “tremendous interpersonal
“If we met him, you’d substantially like him,” notwithstanding his otherwise
sinful activities, Vigil said.
The Treasury dialect pronounced in a recover that Flores
Hernandez operated exclusively yet confirmed “strategic
alliances” with a care of a Sinaloa conglomeration and the
Jalisco New Generation
cartel, that emerged around 2010 as a coterie of a Sinaloa
cartel. Those relations have authorised him to work in
Guadalajara and Mexico City, a dual biggest cities in Mexico.
After starting his career with a Sinaloa conglomeration roughly 30
years ago, Flores Hernandez followed a leaders of a Beltran
Leyva Organization when they pennyless with a Sinaloa conglomeration around
2004, yet he confirmed a operative attribute with Sinaloa
personality Joaquin “El Chapo”
Guzman, Vigil said.
As a Beltran Leyva brothers who led a classification were
killed and arrested during a finish of a 2000s, Flores Hernandez
fake a partnership with Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El
Mencho,” who has insincere care of a CJNG, that is
now Sinaloa’s chief
“Nemesio unequivocally didn’t need him yet for dual things,” Vigil said.
He supposing comprehension about a middle workings of a Sinaloa
conglomeration to a CJNG during a ongoing argument between a two
groups, and he has helped refine some of a CJNG’s profits.
“Raul Flores Hernandez has operated for decades since of
his longstanding relations with other drug cartels and his
use of financial front persons to facade his investments of illegal
drug proceeds,” Office of Foreign Assets Control Director John
Smith pronounced in a release.
Among those purported front persons, or “testaferros,” were
Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez Alvarez and thespian Julio Cesar
Alvarez Montelongo, aka Julion Alvarez.
“Both group have longstanding relations with Flores
Hernandez, and have acted as front persons for him and his
[organization] and hold resources on their behalf,” a Treasury
dialect said. The action
cancels any visas
they have, freezes any of their resources underneath US jurisdiction, and
prevents US businesses from exchange with them.
It’s a initial time someone
with a status of Marquez — who has played for bar teams
Barcelona and Monaco in Europe, represented his nation in four
World Cups, and still spasmodic captains a inhabitant group —
has been designated underneath a Kingpin Act.
Mexican drug traffickers and organized-crime total are
mostly fans of norteño song and perspective carrying narco corridos, or
songs about drug traffickers and their exploits, created about
them as career accomplishments.
And like criminals elsewhere in Latin America, they are
mostly eager soccer fans — Pablo Escobar funded
teams in his hometown.
Both of those characteristics assistance explain how someone like
Flores Hernandez could come to partner with total like Marquez
and Alvarez, Vigil said.
The movement opposite Flores Hernandez was a coordinated
bid between a Mexican government, a DEA, and agencies of
a Homeland Security department. The proclamation was
accompanied by a Mexican profession general’s bureau seizing
resources belonging to Flores Hernandez.
outcome on him, however, stays unclear.
“The OFAC … sanctions they put on there unequivocally are
mystic since they don’t have any teeth,” Vigil said. Weak
asset-seizure laws in Mexico, along with that country’s weak
law complement make decisive movement tough to enforce, he said,
and people targeted can, in some cases, get their resources back
by authorised action.