Friday, March 1, 2019 08:34 AM
The Mexican Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano, alias "El Mono Muñoz", allegedly responsible for drug trafficking, illegal possession of arms and money laundering for the Los Zetas Cartel in Europe, was extradited from Spain - where he was detained - to the United States. United, a country whose Justice Department imputes the money laundering offenses and lead a criminal organization.
On this day, US agents picked up Muñoz Luévano at one of the runways at Barajas Airport, in Madrid, and drove him to a plane bound for Texas. The delivery was agreed by the Second Criminal Chamber of the National Court of Spain, which two years ago agreed to his extradition.
According to the newspaper Reforma, which reported the fact based on sources, a year ago the Texas prosecutor who requested his extradition, he met secretly in a Spanish prison with Muñoz Luévano in the company of the American lawyer of the alleged Mexican drug lord.
Given this, the testimony of Muñoz Luévano, in the event that he collaborates with the US authorities, "could embarrass a long list of politicians and officials of the State of Coahuila with which the alleged narco had a relationship," he said. the aforementioned newspaper.
The defense in Spain of the Mexican did not oppose extradition, this despite the fact that in the Court number 1 of the National Court is processed another accusation in which he is accused of similar crimes in the United States.
For the delivery, Muñoz Luévano's provisional release was decreed, and immediately the Spanish Criminal Chamber agreed to his prison and informed the US authorities that he could be taken away, according to judicial sources.
On January 13, 2017, the Council of Ministers of Spain agreed to grant the United States the extradition of Muñoz Luévano, for his alleged responsibility in drug trafficking, illegal possession of arms and money laundering for the Los Zetas Cartel.
Muñoz Luévano, arrested in Madrid on March 18, 2016, was in prison in Spain accused of money laundering and drug trafficking. It was at the proposal of the Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá, that the Spanish government decided to turn him over to the United States, where he is considered a suspect in leading a narcotics trafficking organization.
According to the justice of both countries, this organization would be associated with the Mexican cartel of the Zetas, which was engaged in the importation of cocaine from Mexico to the United States, from the late 90s of the last century, until 2015.
In addition, the organization led by "El Mono" Muñoz, used firearms purchased from the Zetas cartel to control the corridors of introduction and distribution of the drug in the United States, and laundered the money obtained from its illicit activities through several owned businesses used for that purpose.
Alias "El Mono" kept documents in his house in Madrid, Spain, where the transfer of 2 thousand 100 kilos of cocaine and 75 million dollars is revealed, in an operation that lasted only six days: between 11 and 17 February 2012
Muñoz Luévano, according to the Spanish newspaper El País in October 2016, kept two computers intervened at his home, details of 59 million dollar deliveries of money in travel bags, suitcases, and even in cardboard boxes, to the heads of the organization in different hotels in the downtown area of Mexico City.
According to the accounts kept by "El Mono", the money had been collected in just six days through the sale of 2 thousand 100 kilograms of cocaine in Europe, of which about 63 million euros were repatriated to Los Zetas, the criminal organization of which, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for its acronym in English), considers Muñoz Luévano an important member.
In December 2016, the same newspaper distributed a report by the Spanish Police, based on telephone interventions made over several months, in which it was indicated that alias "El Mono" Muñoz, was allegedly related to politicians and officials, among them, the brothers Moreira Valdés: Rubén and Humberto.
In addition, the current Attorney General of the State of Coahuila, Homero Ramos Gloria; as well as with Adrián Emilio de la Garza Santos, former mayor of Monterrey, Nuevo León, and who from 2011 to 2015 was Attorney General of that entity.
In addition to Jesus Torres Charles, former prosecutor of Coahuila and former legal counsel in the governments of the Moreira Valdés, who left office after accusations that the Zetas paid millionaires bribes to officials to receive protection. However, all the characters involved denied the alleged links with Muñoz Luévano.
Telephone interventions, which El País reported, gave an account of Muñoz Luévano's orders to his assassins: beatings, kidnappings, threats and even assassinations in Mexico. Even a supposed plan to assassinate a Prosecutor in Coahuila, of which Spain notified the Mexican authorities without receiving a response.
In October of last year, the newspaper Reforma reported that despite being investigated by the Attorney General's Office (PGR) as operator of a fuel theft network to the State's productive enterprise, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the Government Federal headed by Enrique Peña Nieto granted Muñoz Luévano, permits and concessions to transport and sell gasoline.
The newspaper added that on March 16, 2017, a year after being arrested in Spain accused of laundering money for Los Zetas and being required to be extradited by the United States for drug trafficking, the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) granted him authorization to operate a gas station in an ejido of Saltillo, Coahuila.
"This permit authorizes Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano to sell Magna, Premium and Diesel gasoline at the service station located at Carretera Zacatecas-Saltillo No. 20915, La Encantada, in Saltillo, Coahuila [...] In accordance with Resolution No. RES / 406/2017, issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission on March 16, 2017 ", established the text signed by Ingrid Gallo Montero, current Executive Secretary of the CRE.
In January 2016, two months before his arrest in Spain, that same body granted "El Mono" a 30-year concession to transport fuel in the Laguna region, which allows Muñoz Luévano to mobilize fuel in the Mapimí area , between Durango and Torreón, as well as in the municipalities of San Pedro, Matamoros and Viesca, in Coahuila.
"This final permit for transport by gas tank and diesel authorizes Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano to carry out the transport activity in accordance with Resolution No. RES / 010/2016 issued by this Energy Regulatory Commission on January 14, 2016", it is read in the document signed by Luis Alonso Marcos González de Alba, then Executive Secretary of the organization.
According to the aforementioned newspaper, the area concessioned to "El Mono" is cataloged by the PGR and the Special Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime Research (SEIDO), as well as the high incidence of fuel theft in Pemex's pipelines.
Great share! From this Spanish article, it seems like he can be recalled back to Spain for additional charges once he serves his sentence in Texas.
Do other sources say how long he was living in Spain? He was living in an exclusive neighborhood just outside Madrid, and my guess is he was there for a while. I wonder if he has info on Daniel Enrique Márquez Aguilar ("El Chocotorro"), an original Zetas member who some here have said he was living in Spain.
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And he pled not guilty in Texas:
He was just released from prison in the U.S. and is now a protected witness.
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