Mexican Gibran Rodriguez pleads guilty in the US to money laundering for the Sinaloa cartel

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Mexican Gibran Rodriguez pleads guilty in the US to money laundering for the Sinaloa cartel

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https://www.poresto.net/2019/04/19/el-mexicano-gibran-rodriguez-se-declara-culpable-en-eu-de-lavar-dinero-para-el-cartel-de-sinaloa/

April 19, 2019

The defendant is the fifth Mexican national in this case who has reached a plea agreement with the US authorities
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Federal courthouse in San Diego, California

WASHINGTON, April 19 (EFE) .- A  Mexican  has been  found guilty  before a  US court  to  launder money  from the  drug trade  by the cartel of  Sinaloa , said Friday the  Department of Justice  US on a release.

The defendant, originally from the Mexican town of Culiacán, located in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, pleaded guilty to "international money laundering," which he received through an exchange house in Mexico, where the profits derived from trafficking were entered. of cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin.

According to the Justice Department note, the Sinaloa drug cartel illegally introduced the drug into the United States.

The defendant, Gibran Rodríguez-Mejía, 31, who was extradited from Mexico to San Diego California in September 2018, has admitted that he laundered 3.5 million dollars from the drug and that he collaborated with messengers, especially from the south. of California, which introduced US currency to Mexico.

The accused also acknowledged that he himself was responsible for the dollars were taken to a house of exchange in Tijuana, Mexico, owned by another defendant, Cesar Hernandez-Martinez, who has pleaded guilty in the same case.

After the conversion of the dollars into pesos, Rodríguez-Mejía provided accounts in Mexico where the money was deposited for the Sinaloa cartel.

The defendant is the fifth Mexican national in this case who has reached a plea agreement with the US authorities.

The Justice Department stressed that, apart from those five accused, there are another twenty people who have confessed their guilt and have been previously sentenced in cases related to it.

Those convicted were individuals who resided in the US or who frequently crossed the border into US territory, who served as messengers for money or drugs, or operated houses that hid the activities of this network of money laundering and drug trafficking.