Ex-marine smuggled tons of cocaine into US for Mexican cartels

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel (L), and Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho”, leader of the

the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

A former US Marine was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison this week for running ‘the Cartel of All Cartels’, a criminal organization that helped smuggle tons of cocaine from South America via Mexico to the United States for the main Mexican cartels.

Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr., who was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and holds dual American and Mexican citizenship, was sentenced last week in a San Diego court to 195 months for conspiracy to launder money and to traffic drugs internationally, according to a US Department of Justice statement.

Dominguez founded and led a criminal organization he named “El Seguimiento 39”, according to court documents. The organization is said to have succeeded in creating a one-of-a-kind alliance between some of Mexico’s major cartels: the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO), the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Sinaloa Cartel, the Gulf Cartel (CDG), and the Zetas group now defunct.

Seguimiento 39 was known as “the cartel of all cartels” among law enforcement officials in the United States and Mexico, a former Mexican federal police chief told VICE World News.

“This alliance between cartels working at the same time with the authorities and officials of both countries was very disturbing,” said the former police chief.

Dominguez began shipping cocaine for the cartels in 1994, after a car crash in North Carolina killed his two daughters, ages 3 and 4. The car accident also seriously injured him and ended his military career, according to Dominguez’s lead attorney, Nancee Schwartz. sentence note.

“He never made an apology for the direction he took, only to say that after the accident he stopped caring. He was numb,” Schwartz wrote.

The organization smuggled at least 10 tons of cocaine a month into the United States when it was operating at full capacity, and it sent about $10 million worth of drug products back to Mexico each month, the authorities estimated. authorities.

“Dominguez purchased cocaine from supply sources ranging from the state of Chiapas in Mexico to Peru, including sources in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador,” the authorities said.

“Other publicly filed documents note that El Seg 39 also used his contacts with high-level corrupt Mexican officials to thwart investigations into his drug-trafficking activities,” the report said. US Department of Justice said.

One of these Mexican officials was Ivan Reyes Arzatea head of the Mexican Federal Police intelligence unit sentenced in February to 10 years in a US federal prison for facilitating sensitive information shared by the DEA with Mexican drug traffickers, including Dominguez, according to Arzate court records.

“The wiretap evidence demonstrates that he was in control of every aspect of his organization,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Martin wrote in a sentencing memo.

In his first court appearance last fall, Dominguez, 50, pleaded guilty to all charges. He will receive credit for the nearly six years he has already spent behind bars.

Dominguez was arrested in 2016 and extradited to San Diego.

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