Victor Manuel Félix Félix extradited to the United States
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Victor Manuel Félix Félix, 'El Señor'
Victor Manuel Félix Félix extradited to the United States
An article on mainboard about the extradition of Gulf Cartel boss Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, El Pelon or X-20, also mentions the extradition of Sinaloa Cartel money manager Victor Manuel Félix Félix to face charges in San Diego, California on Monday.
Félix Félix, also known as '063' or 'El Señor' is the father of Victor Manuel Félix "El Vic" Beltrán , who reportedly took his father's place, laundering money for the sons of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzmán Loera, and managing heroin distribution for the cartel. Félix Félix also has a daughter who is married to Chapo Guzman's son Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar. His son "El Vic" was also reportedly with Guzmán's sons when they were kidnapped at a seafood restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.
The father, Victor Manuel Félix Félix was extradited on Monday and he made his initial appearance in front of a San Diego judge on Tuesday afternoon.
Félix Félix, also known as 'El Señor,' is the father-in-law of Guzman’s son Alfredo and also the godfather to one of his children.
He is the lead defendant in the prosecution, which alleges an operation that spanned five countries: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ecuador and Columbia.
The amount of cash and drugs outlined in the indictment suggest the big leagues — an operation that didn’t just operate in millions of dollars but hundreds of millions of dollars.
The case revolved around a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who went undercover and infiltrated the operation, according to the indictment. The agent was aided by other law enforcement officials who went undercover, as well as confidential informants. The agent posed as a manager of a worldwide criminal organization that could transport ton quantities of drugs and move millions of dollars in bulk currency, including depositing the money into a bank account in San Diego — an account held secretly by the DEA — and wiring funds to other banks, according to the indictment.
Alleged couriers for Félix Félix would deliver the bulk cash to the agent or other operatives to be laundered, the indictment states.
The indictment outlines several transactions involving the undercover agent.
On June 3, 2009, associates of Félix Félix met with the agent in Panama City, Panama, and said they were interested in obtaining the agent’s services to pick up more than $300 million located in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. The money was to be flown to Mexico as well as laundered through the U.S. banking system so it could be accessed by the cartel in Mexico, the indictment alleges.
In November of that year, one of the associates called the agent and asked for a bulk money pick up of $10 million in New York and another $10 million in Washington, D.C., with the sum to be transported to Mexico City, according to the indictment.
In November 2010, Félix Félix himself was accused of coordinating the pickup of $1 million in Canadian currency to be transported to Bogota, Colombia, in a phone call with the agent, the indictment states.
Félix Félix is also accused of directing the shipment of large loads of cocaine, including a cargo truck load of about 2,500 kilograms of cocaine within Ecuador. The drugs were seized by Ecuadorian National Police.
In January 2011, Félix Félix sent an email to the undercover agent in San Diego confirming the arrangement of a 2,000 kilogram delivery of cocaine to the agent in Ecuador, the indictment alleges. Three days later, an associate delivered about 500 kilograms to a confidential informant, according to the court document.
The case highlighted the DEA’s controversial practice of laundering drug proceeds as part of undercover investigations. In this case, $13 million was laundered by agents during the sting, an amount that the government wants back in forfeitures. Prosecutors are also asking for $76.2 million, the proceeds from drug trafficking in the case, to be forfeited.
The grand jury indictment for the overall case reveals some staggering details, including an arrangement for the DEA undercover agent, posing as as money launderer, to transport bulk cash throughout the world. Several requests involved single transactions of bulk cash that the defendants wanted laundered through banks and transferred to Mexico and Colombia involving $150 million or more.
On February 15, 2010 co-defendant Gabriella Vasquez Villavecencio, a Mexican national known a 'Gaby' or 'Karla,' requested the transport of $400 million from Bogota, Colombia to Spain. The shipment reportedly weighed 30 tons.
The indictment names 29 defendants who are accused of, among other crimes, directing couriers in the United States and Canada to pick up bulk cash proceeds and deliver them to undercover informants to be laundered. These cartel-connected couriers worked in Monrovia, California; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Pickerington, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Braintree, Massachusetts; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Montreal, Quebec. The money undercover agent was directed to deposit the money in a bank account managed by the DEA in San Diego, California; wire-transfer the money to bank accounts specified by the coconspirators in New York, Florida, and California, and to transport bulk currency to places inside and outside the United States. This was a conducted with the intention of facilitating the international transportation and distribution of cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador, for ultimate importation to the United States and elsewhere.
Re: Victor Manuel Félix Félix extradited to the United States
Yes, it would seem that the son will be extradited as well. Many or even most of the other defendants in the case appear to have cut deals, although I haven't found anything concrete. Quite a few have received sentences in the 46 month range with no fines other than the $100 court assessment. I'm looking for a free link to the Victor Felix-Felix indictment, but I haven't found one yet. Usually Court Listener has big cases like this from PACER, but I couldn't bring up anything before 2013, so I downloaded the PDF using my PACER account.
Those that say, don't know. Those that know, don't say.
Thanks Kid, great read! Wonder if the Dad will roll over on Chapo now that his son is going no where anytime soon. Junior will have plenty of nice deals waiting once one of the Chapitos is picked up. I am predicting one of the brothers will fall before the election takes place in Mexico.