Smiling in court consuegro of Chapo Guzmán

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Smiling in court consuegro of Chapo Guzmán

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Link: http://zetatijuana.com/2018/01/sonriente-consuegro-de-el-chapo-se-presenta-ante-juez-en-eu/
San Diego, CA.- Víctor Manuel Félix Félix, consuegro of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and accused of being a financial operator of the Sinaloa Cartel, filed this day before federal judge Marilyn L. Huff, who granted a 60-day term for the defense to review the evidence provided by the Office of the Prosecutor.

Guadalupe Valencia, a private attorney for Felix Felix, said that he recently received a hard drive with documents and other evidence against his client, which will require at least two months to analyze and continue with the court case.

Felix Felix was arrested in Mexico since 2011 and extradited to San Diego, California prison on December 18, 2017, where he remains isolated from the rest of the prison population, his lawyer told ZETA.

According to the District Attorney's Office of the Southern District of California, one of the children of "El Chapo" is married to the daughter of Felix Felix.

The Mexican is formally accused of conspiracy to launder money and to import and distribute cocaine. His arrest stemmed from an investigation launched in 2009 in Southern California by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of a cell dedicated to drug trafficking and money laundering.

This investigation went through a formal accusation that was backed by a grand jury in San Diego in 2011 and that led not only to the operation in Mexico in which Felix Felix was arrested, but in which 28 more people are accused.

Judge Huff also agreed to declare the case as complex and set the next hearing for Monday, March 26 in the afternoon. While the Prosecutor's Office was told according to the time granted to the defense.

Felix Felix entered the courtroom dressed in red uniform and during the time in front of the judge, he remained standing and with his hands - without handcuffs - on his back. From his entrance, guarded by a federal agent, he was smiling and was assisted by a translator during the brief hearing.

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Guadelupe Valenica and the Ronis/Von Helms team handle a majority of Sinaloa cases.....Valencia represented Chapo's daughter Alejdrina Guzman when she was caught crossing the San Ysidro border in 2012.

He will work out a decent plea agreement, but he may not get as favorable as he desires, because his info would be very outdated by now, and they certainly don't need him in NY as a witness.  
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from latest hearing of Jan 16:  Entry for proceedings held before Judge Marilyn L. Huff: Motion Hearing/Trial Setting as to Victor Manuel Felix-Felix held on 1/16/2018 and continued to 3/26/2018 02:00 PM in Courtroom 15A before Judge Marilyn L. Huff. The Court declares this case complex and pending pretrial motions are on file that requires a hearing


whenn extradited

Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Associate Extradited
Assistant U. S. Attorney Daniel Zipp (619) 546-8463  


NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – December 19, 2017

SAN DIEGO – Victor Manuel Felix-Felix, the alleged leader of a Mexican money laundering and cocaine trafficking organization, was extradited to the United States by Mexico yesterday and made his first appearance in federal court this afternoon.  Felix-Felix was a close associate of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman-Loera and Felix Felix’s daughter is reportedly married to Guzman-Loera’s son.

 

According to extradition documents, in 2009, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents began investigating a money laundering organization based in Southern California. One agent, acting in an undercover capacity, flew to Panama City, Panama and posed as the leader of a transportation cell capable of moving narcotics and bulk currency using private aircraft.  After several additional undercover meetings, the agent gained the trust of the organization and agreed to begin picking up bulk currency for transfer to Mexico. Over the course of 2010 and 2011, the agent arranged for the transfer of millions of dollars in currency, coordinating with local law enforcement to arrange pick-ups in Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Vancouver, Canada and Montreal, Canada.

 

After the successful currency pick-ups, the undercover agent began traveling to Central America to meet with higher-level members of Felix-Felix’s organization. In September 2010, at a meeting in the Dominican Republic, the undercover agent offered that he could transport cocaine from Ecuador to Mexico City, extradition documents said. Felix-Felix agreed, and provided the agent with an encrypted phone and a cash down-payment of $3.5 million for his services. A team of DEA agents then traveled to Ecuador and worked with local law enforcement to set up a roadside checkpoint and seize a truck containing 2,500 kilograms of cocaine intended for Felix-Felix.

 

After the seizure in Ecuador, the undercover agent offered Felix-Felix that he could transport another load of cocaine from Ecuador to Mexico City.  After receiving another upfront payment of $1 million in cash, DEA agents coordinated with Ecuadorian and Mexican law enforcement to arrange for an international “controlled delivery” of cocaine using a private jet.  Agents picked up cocaine in Ecuador, transported it to Mexico City, and then seized it after it was delivered to members of Felix-Felix’s organization, the extradition documents said.  Felix-Felix and 18 others were then arrested.

 

On May 13, 2011, a federal grand jury in San Diego returned an indictment, charging Felix-Felix with Engaging in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. Felix-Felix was flown by the United States Marshals Service from Mexico City to San Diego on December 18, 2017. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Schopler.

 

United States Attorney Adam Braverman stated, “Today is a reminder that international drug kingpins who profit by shipping narcotics into our community are not safe from prosecution. We will work with our international partners to bring them to justice wherever they reside.”

 

U.S. Attorney Braverman also praised the outstanding work of the DEA, National City Police Department, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Office, Mexican Federal Police, Colombian National Police, Panamanian National Police, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Enforcement Operations and the Office of International Affairs, and the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for their ongoing assistance in this investigation.

 

“DEA will continue to hunt down these violent drug traffickers,” said DEA San Diego Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman.  “Let this be a warning to those who think they can step into the shoes of those who have been arrested-we will come for you too.”

 

This case is the result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership that brings together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute high-level members of drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations and enterprises.

 

In 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Felix-Felix under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. The Kingpin Act prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

 

Felix-Felix’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 16, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff.

 

DEFENDANT                                                      11-CR-1926-H

 

Victor Manuel Felix-Felix

                       

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

 

Operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (18 U.S.C. 848)
Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments (18 U.S.C. 1956(h))
Transportation of Monetary Instruments from the United States to a Place Outside the United States (21 U.S.C. 1956(a))
Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Outside the United States ( 21 U.S.C. 959, 960)
Distribution of Cocaine Outside the United States (21 U.S.C. 959, 960)
Conspiracy to import cocaine (21 U.S.C. 952 and 960)
 

AGENCIES

 

Drug Enforcement Administration

Department of Justice, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces

Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs

National City Police Department

San Diego Narcotics Task Force

San Diego District Attorney, Bureau of Investigations

Mexican Federal Police

Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republic (PGR)

Panamanian National Police

Ecuadorian National Police

Colombian National Police

Vancouver Police Department

Quebec Provisional Police
 
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@Chivis is it normal for a judge to say that a case is “complex”?
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I noticed that also.  No not often at all.  Another chapulín ?
 
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speaking of smiling.  did you see the video of the undocumented man who killed two policeman in court?
he not only smiled, he laughed cursed and said his only regret is that he didn't kill more.

Bracamontes is his name it happened in the sanctuary state of California
 
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In cases with extensive intercepts/under cover/ thousands and thousands of pages of discovery, that lasted for a year plus, for instance, Serafin Zambada Ortiz, Chino Antrax, were declared complex. It gives the defense more time to go over discovery, which is often vast.

This case spanned Canada, South American, Mexico, and the US, and was elaborate undercover money laundering and drug trafficking case, with DEA agents depositing drug money into controlled accounts and sending it north.  Meanwhile, seizing currency and drug shipments, negotiated directly with the lead defendant in South America.