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CJNG boss Gerardo González Valencia is extradited from Uruguay to the U.S.

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Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) leader Gerardo González Valencia, who was imprisoned in Uruguay since 2016 for his money laundering activities, was extradited to the United States today at 4:14 a.m. local time.

Under heavy security, González Valencia was transferred from La Libertad prison to the Carrasco International Airport.

Note: Borderland Beat published this story at 5:30 a.m. local time, close to an hour after Gerardo González Valencia was extradited. More information will be published once it becomes available.

Gerardo González Valencia is the brother of Mexican drug lord Abigael González Valencia (“El Cuini”), who headed the CJNG and Los Cuinis. This criminal group has presence in Mexico, the U.S., Europe and Asia. González Valencia coordinated international money laundering schemes by using shell companies to purchase assets in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

His wife Wendy Dalaithy Amaral Arévalo was reportedly working with him on this large money laundering scheme when the couple moved from Mexico to Uruguay in 2011. He had millionaire properties and businesses in Punta del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay.

The original documents of the investigation framing González Valencia were leaked in 2015 through the Panama Papers, where it detailed real estate transactions and industrial sector investments tied to him. After a multi-year investigation by Latin American officials and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, González Valencia was arrested in Montevideo in April 2016, and imprisoned for money laundering charges.

Source: Subrayado


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