USA sanctions Julion Alvarez promoter and photographer connected to Los Cuinis
The US Department of the Treasury announced Friday sanctions for Mexican music promoter Jesús Pérez Alvear and Venezuelan-Italian fashion photographer, Miguel José Leone Martínez, for money laundering and an international prostitution network serving the New Jalisco Cartel Generation (CJNG) and Los Cuinis.
In a statement, the US agency explained that all the assets of Jesús Pérez Alvear, alias Chucho Pérez and Miguel José Loene, alias Miguel Leone, who are under US jurisdiction or under the control of US persons should be blocked and reported to OFAC , published El Universal.
Chucho Pérez, who has been a promoter of Julión Álvarez and a representative of Gerardo Ortiz, helps CJNG and Los Cuinis to wash the profits of drugs and glorify their criminal activities through the Mexican industry.
For his part, he points out Miguel Leone, as director of an international prostitution network, with which he recruits models and participants in beauty contests from South America and Europe for prostitution for the main members of Los Cuinis.
"The Treasury Department is identifying individuals who work on behalf of violent Mexican drug lords, and support their opulent lifestyles by trafficking lethal drugs into the US," said Sigal Mandelker, secretary of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
The Treasury Department explained that Chucho Pérez has close ties with the family of Abigael González Valencia el Cuini, and focuses mainly on promoting concerts at major Mexican fairs, such as those held in Aguascalientes and Metepec.
The promoter uses violence to obtain concessions to operate musical acts known for the narcocorridos or ballads that ennoble the drug traffickers and their illicit activities, under their business of musical promotion, and also washes revenues from the sale of drugs with the ticket trade, food, parking and other items.
While Miguel Leone is a Venezuelan-Italian dual citizen residing in Mexico and associate of Chucho Pérez.
The fashion photographer, who helps lead an international prostitution network in the name of Los Cuinis, was arrested with Los Cuinis leader Abigael González Valencia, Cuini, in February 2015 in Mexico, but was released a year later.
Mexico City.- Federal intelligence authorities are investigating a money laundering network financed by the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) and linked to palenques, fairs and concerts of singers.
The research focuses mainly on Jesús Pérez Alvear, known as "Chucho Pérez", partner of the organizer of fairs and casinos "Gallística Diamante", and who has represented the singers Julión Álvarez and Gerardo Ortiz, the so-called Rey del Corrido, author of different songs of this genre.
The intelligence reports indicate that Jesús Pérez Alvear has as a sentimental partner Berenice González Valencia, sister of Abigael González Valencia, "El Cuini", one of the leaders of the CJNG, who operated from Spain until he was arrested in Puerto Vallarta in March. 2015. He is currently in the process of extradition.
In addition, another sister of "El Cuini", Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia, is the wife of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", leader of the CJNG, currently a fugitive.
"Gallística Diamante" organizes the palenque and operates the San Marcos casino in Aguascalientes and the San Isidro Fair in Metepec. In the latter, in April and May, singers and bands such as Banda MS, Tigres del Norte, Los Angeles Azules, Bronco, Gerardo Ortiz, Emmanuel and Mijares, Julión Álvarez, Carlos Rivera, Gloria Trevi and Alejandro Fernández performed.
Last month, Gerardo Ortiz dedicated the song titled "El M" to the CJNG boss, "El Mencho."
A few days ago the Jalisco Prosecutor, Eduardo Almaguer, declared Ortiz persona non grata
"We are offended by the Jalisco, the authority, because this guy, Gerardo Ortiz, makes a song and promotes a criminal: the most wanted criminal in the state and in the country.
"It seems a challenge, not to the authority, a challenge to the Jalisco (...), Gerardo Ortiz is not welcome to Jalisco," said Almaguer.
In April, two Mexican companies linked to "El Cuini" were registered by the United States Department of the Treasury; One of them is in Zapopan.
Both "El Mencho" and "El Cuini" appear on the US Treasury Department's list of "international drug traffickers."