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Nestora Salgado Has Three New Arrest Warrants; Accused Of Killing Two Farmers

Posted: 02 Jul 2015 11:00 PM PDT

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Leonel Rivero, the lawyer of the Coordinator of the Community Police of Olinalá in the mountain region of Guerrero, Nestora Salgado García, informed that his client has three new arrest warrants against her.  The charges are of kidnapping, robbery and murder.  This accumulates to six criminal prosecutions through different offences.

In an interview, the lawyer said that his client was charged with the murder of two ranchers, apparently, the same event that led to the arrest of the procurator of Olinalá, Armando Patrón Jiménez, by the Regional Coordinating Body of Community Authorities (CRAC) in August 2014.

However, Jiménez was released by the public police and soldiers on August 21, while Nestora Salgado and other members of the House of Justice of El Paraíso, pertaining to the CRAC, were taken to prison and accused of kidnapping.

The lawyer of Salgado García said that he does not yet have access to the records, but urged the implementation of the arrest warrants in order to begin the defense process, after learning that there were more complaints and orders to be applied.

Leonel Rivero said that last week, the attorney general and the courts will materialize the notification, but the documents were not addressed to the appropriate judicial authorities, but rather to the head of the medical tower in the Tepepan prison.  Nestora was not formally notified.

Nevertheless, Rivero said that at the last meeting to follow up on the precautionary measures that were granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), on June 17, in the Interior Ministry, they were informed that the three additional claims were kidnapping, robbery and murder, and that they were in the courts of Tlapa, Huamuxtitlán and San Luis Acatlán.

He hopes that this process will speed up the times and that the people, who are being aggrieved, will appear voluntarily, without being presented by the police.  He believes that, without any setbacks, the trial will end in a year.

Rivero said that on August 10, the parents of the three teenagers who accused Salgado García were summoned to interrogations and confrontations in Mexico City.  However, he recalls that they have already been notified twice and were not present at the proceedings.  To sum things up, this would be the first arraignment of all criminal proceedings against Salgado García.
The lawyer mentioned that Petra Pérez Hernández, Félix Burgos García, Susana Baltazar Sosa, Marisa Mesa Castro, Antonio Salmeron Cruz and Ramiro Santiago Martínez have to appear and give testimony in the 67th court of criminal cases in the Federal District.

Source: Sin Embargo

Gulf Cartel leader "Panochitas" gets 30 years prison from Court in Beaumont,Texas

Posted: 02 Jul 2015 10:32 AM PDT

Posted on BB forum by contributor NAJ from a Themonitor article.

[ Subject Matter: Panochitas of the Gulf Cartel
Recommendation: Some prior knowledge of Gulf Cartel would be useful]

BEAUMONT, Texas — A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel captured last year in Edinburg was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million.

Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Beaumont, Texas, on drug and money laundering convictions.

Saenz , whose cartel nickname is a vulgar Spanish term for the female anatomy, is a 23-year-old native of Camargo, across the U.S.-Mexico border from Rio Grande City. He was arrested in October during a shopping trip to Texas.

Saenz pleaded guilty in January to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Saenz -Tamez confessed he smuggled half a ton of cocaine and 90 tons of marijuana, generating about $100 million, which was taken back to Mexico and reinvested into business to buy drugs and "other things", he told U.S District Judge Marcia Crone in his plea hearing.

Prosecutors say Saenz was responsible for shipping at least half a ton of cocaine and 90 tons of marijuana into the U.S. Investigators believe the drug cartel laundered $100 million.

Federal agents arrested Saenz on Oct. 9, 2014 while he was shopping in Edinburg.

Saenz replaced former Gulf Cartel boss Mario Ramirez Trevino following his 2013 arrest. Saenz rose quickly through the cartel's hierarchy — starting as a lookout, then becoming a record keeper before he became a regional plaza boss.

He'd faced charges in the U.S. since a sealed indictment was filed in September 2013, accusing him of marijuana and cocaine trafficking from Texas to the Southeast U.S. and eastern seaboard. The profits were then laundered back into Mexico.

Monitor Metro Editor Jared Taylor and The Associated Press compiled this report.

Original article in English at Themonitor

Noose tightens on former Coahuila Governor Humberto Moreira

Posted: 02 Jul 2015 08:25 PM PDT

by Lucio R. for Borderland Beat

Moreira responds to accusations; "Fabrications! Prisoners will say anything in order to gain freedom or benefit his sentence.  The United States has never had an indictment against me for any crime"

What a difference 4 years makes.  When Humberto Moreira resigned from his position of governor of
the Mexican state of Coahuila, he was the shinning and rising star of the PRI party, and on track to become the president of Mexico.

The governor whose motto was "The Government of the People" enjoyed great popularity among his constituents when he resigned office to make a run for the National President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.  On March 2011, he took over the PRI presidency.  This was to be the stepping stone to the presidency of Mexico. 

In June, 2011 controversy exploded around Moreira as inquiry surfaced regarding previously whispered innuendo, "How did this humble teacher, gain such vast wealth?"

In August, of the same year, was confirmed that apocryphal documentation was issued to get the loans and that he was aware and actively participating when credits were granted to the State using fake documentation (which is a crime in Mexico).

For the PRI party the controversy could not have happened at a more inconvenient time.  The presidential election was in the 2012 crosshairs.  It was little surprise when Moreira stepped down from his position of National PRI President, many suspected a deal was cut with PRI and Moreira to resign the position in exchange for protection against prosecution. 
Lalo's funeral:Lalo's wife, father Humberto, sister, and stepmom Vanessa
Moreira, a man known for his boisterous, egocentric personality, it is doubtful that he did not insist on something sweeter than a bypass of prosecution.  It is not out of the realm of possibility that he was promised at some point to have his reputation restored, so that he may one day reenter politics.  And according to Mexican press there was no evidence linking Moreira in collusion of improprieties.

But, then again with the brother of Moreira, Ruben Moreira being the current governor of Coahuila
what is the likelihood of an investigation?  There was a severe fracture between the once close brothers, in 2012, which rendered the relationship incommunicado.

Even when Humberto's son, Eduardo "Lalo" Moreira, was murdered by the Zetas Cartel in Acuña in October 2012, Governor Ruben Moreira did not attend the funeral, nor any of his family.  Humberto blamed his brother for the death of his son, pointing out that Ruben had removed Lalo's bodyguard weeks prior and his armored vehicle.  Ruben left municipal police in charge of protecting his nephew, and it was the municipal police who aided Zetas in the murder.

However, push comes to shove it is almost impossible to think of a situation that Ruben would assist in any investigation against his brother.  And that can be attributed to Evangelina Valdés de Moreira, (left) mother of the Moreira brothers.  The former professor was always at the helm of  family dynamics and would command that her son be protected at all costs.  

And make no mistake, Humberto is her golden child.  She was front and center during his time of governorship, becoming involved in the day to day events, PR and discussing issues with her son.  It is doubtful if Ruben would ever betray his brother by breaking a promise to his mother.

Humberto, his wife Vanessa and their daughters spent time in exile in Spain hoping for the controversy to simmer down.  They leased an ultra luxury  hone in Barcelona, as Humberto earned an economics degree.

After Barcelona the family moved to the up-scale city of Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos,   reportedly living in a home of friends.  Vanessa gave birth this past year to a son.
WHen Humberto was king, at left brother Ruben, at far right Javier Villarreal

The United States vs Humberto Moreira

What Moreira did not count on, was the long arm of the United States, and their ability to take down his closest colleagues who in turn began providing information in exchange for lighter sentencing.

Among those targeted by the U.S. is former computer salesman turned Coahuila finance chief, Javier Villarreal Hernandez, who after dodging the U.S. government, plead guilty to money laundering charges on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Villarreal (much thinner at left) was accused of using fraudulent information in securing millions of dollars of state credit and offering inflated contracts for kickbacks, and ultimately laundering the money in San Antonio.  San Antonio has been used as a haven for the ultra-rich and shady persons of Coahuila.

Another significant capture by the U.S. was that of Rolando González Treviño, who  was arrested on Oct. 31, 2014, in Las Vegas.   He is the brother of a media mgnate from Coahuila and was facing charges in a wide-ranging probe into money allegedly embezzled from the state later laundered in South Texas especially San Antonio.

On May 27, 2015, González57-year-old Rolando Gonzalez-Trevino, entered into a plea agreement and plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to transmit stolen monies in interstate and foreign commerce.
Rolando Gonzalez
Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Henry J. Bemporad, Gonzalez-Trevino admitted he, in concert with others, caused stolen funds to be transmitted to the United States through electronic bank transfers.  Gonzalez-Trevino admitted that these funds were stolen from the State of Coahuila, Mexico. As part of Gonzalez-Trevino's plea agreement, seized funds in the amount of the transfers and interest will be forfeited to the United States.

The offense to which Gonzalez-Trevino plead guilty carries punishment up to 5 years in federal prison.  

Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30am on September 3, 2015, before United States District Judge Orlando L. Garcia in San Antonio.

Based on events evolving in the case, it would appear that Humberto Moreira, the man Forbes named as one of Mexico's top 10 most corrupt, is next on the U.S. hit list in the Coahuila money laundering case.

Power attorney, Kent Schaffer, represents Moreira.  The attorney specializing in white collar crime and narcotics crimes, also represents Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal.

Humberto's son also named Ruben, posted on his face book account a response from Humberto with respect to growing allegations and Gonzalez' plea deal.
"prisoners will say anything in order to obtain their freedom or a benefit a sentence. There has never existed an indictment of the Government of the United States" against me for any crime. 
After years of persecution, and after winning every battle, the media is still slandering the facts."

Plea Agreement:

Note: "CC1" in the plea agreement is reported as being Humberto Moreira. Reading the plea agreement with that in mind, makes it much more interesting.

Indictment below

The video  below was sent to BB in early 2011.  Chivis translated the narrative.

 Humberto and Ruben Moreira: The hidden face of corruption

English translation of video:
(0:05 -0:08)
In the State of Coahuila, behind the face of what is supposed to be a social government that helps people 
(0:09 – 0:17)
is a well-armed criminal net of corruption, shadowy businesses and influence peddling; by Humberto and Ruben Moreira, their relatives and unconditional friends.
(0:18 – 0:28)
Thanks to a very serious investigational work, secretly obtained several months ago, it has been discovered the tentacles that form the corruption net, that is headed by Humberto and Ruben Moreira,   through front men - ( Prestanombres 0:30)  that cover and hide sources of illicit enrichment
(0:34 -0:38)
It is  a casualty that the government of Coahuila is in debt for around 20 thousand million pesos.
(0:39 – 0:43)
Much of this money was derived from the honest effort of the people of Coahuila.

(0:44 – 0.55)
The reality is that it has been blatantly destined to enlarge the personal fortune of the Moreira Family and their unconditional friends. These are some of the unconditional friends and partners of the brothers Humberto and Ruben Moreira:
(0.56 – 1:06)
Javier Villarreal Hernandez: Former secretary of finances and actual head of the SATEC (Tributary Administrative System of the State of Coahuila) He is an employee of the Moreira's.
(1:07 – 1:15)
From his strategic position inside the government of Coahuila, he has become the head of the financial operations of the Moreira net.
(1:16 – 1:18)
Javier Villarreal Hernandez has been very careful that his name doesn't appear in these transactions.
(1:19 - 1:28)
He does everything in the name of Francisco Javier Flores Valdes, supposedly the nephew of the Moreira brothers and husband of his subordinate Anabell Torres Leza
(1:29 -1:32)
Lorenzo Schuessler Reyes, his wife's brother in law; Aurora Villarreal Hernandez,
(1:33 – 1:37)
his sister and his father, Hector Javier Villarreal Garcia    (continues next page)

(1:38 – 1:42)
Who have under their names, ownership of  gas stations, car washes and expensive real estate.
(1:43 – 1:50)
Vicente Chairez Yañez: Former Secretary of administration of the State and current Finance Secretary of the Directive Committee of CEN of PRI.
(1:51 – 1:55)
He is the main operator and protector of Humberto and Ruben Moreira's interests, as well as for their family.
(1:56 – 2:06)
Vicente Chairez Yañez
is a dangerous man that enjoys of the trust, Humberto Moreira, has granted him. He is his lieutenant in dirty businesses and operations with abusing authority and police force use in Coahuila.
(2:07 – 2:10)
Vicente Chairez Yañez is the direct link of all the corruption net
(2:11 – 2:20)
With Ruben Flores, a questionable  attorney of San Antonio, Texas, that according to the proof obtained, he is who is in charge to legitimize and sanitize the operations of the Moreira net in the foreign country. (US)
(2:21 – 2:24)
He is also the personal front man of Humberto Moreira in construction enterprises
(2:25 – 2:28)
and real estate in the city of San Antonio, Texas, such as 
(2:29 – 2:31)
Transnational Construction and Real Estate Co, LLC,
(2:32 – 2:33)
Procon Marketing, LLC and
(2:34 – 2:36)
VICAP Global Investments LLC, among others.
(2:37 – 2:40)
Among the properties, and enterprises that appear under the name Vicente Chairez Yañez
(2:41 – 248)
include a mansion in Bexar County in San Antonio, Texas with a contractual value of more than 700 thousand dollars,
equivalent to approximately 10 million pesos.
(2:50 – 2:55)
attention is drawn to the fact that Vicente Chairez and Roberto Casimiro Gonzalez,
(2:56 – 3:02)
owner of the powerful communication media group RCG of Coahuila and one of the principal
(3:03 – 3:06)
partners and benefactor of the Moreira's , creating operations out of the country
(3:07 – 3:12)
as front men of Humberto Moreira , Vicente's wife's brother in law is  Arnoldo Rivas Duron.
(3:13 – 3:18)
On September 16th, 2009, Vicente Chairez suspiciously, through a questionable transaction became the owner of channel 22 of Piedras Negras,
(3:19 – 3:21)
previously it was  as part of the RCG group and owned by Roberto Gonzalez another front man for Moreira,
(3:22 – 3:31)
furthermore as the enterprise Radio Communication of Saltillo S.A de C.V., that was obtained through Super Medios of Coahuila S.A de C.V. in October of 2009.
(3:32 – 3:35)
Oscar Moreira Flores, uncle of Humberto and Ruben Moreira is the brother of their father:
(3:36 – 3:39)
In 2009, the newspapers El Norte and El Siglo de Torreon
(3:40 – 3 44)
exposed his dirty businesses with a value of over 50 million pesos.
(3:45 – 3:50)
Francisco Xavier Flores Valdes: the nephew of the Moreira brothers and husband of Anabell Torres Leza,
(3:51 – 3:54)
former secretary of Programming and Budget of the State of Coahuila.
(3:55 – 4:01)
Francisco Xavier Flores Valdes amassed an unimaginable fortune for his 26 years of age,
(4:02 – 4:04)
thanks to his unconditional relationship to the Moreira Family.
(4:05 – 4:21)
Numerous signs and evidence place him as one of the principal front men inside the corruption net of the Moreira's. He is owner, majority shareholder or stockholder of the enterprises and properties that the net possesses in Saltillo. It is estimated that altogether,
These businesses have a value that exceed
(4:23 – 4:24)
1000 million pesos.
(4:25 – 4:39)
His enterprises are favored directly through his wife, Anabell Torres Leza, former secretary of Planning and Budget of the Government of Coahuila or through third parties with acquisitions and millionaire contracts by the State of Coahuila in an illegal covert method.
(4:40 – 4:44)
Some of these enterprises are JP Incorporated S.A de C.V.,
(4:45 – 4:49)
Grupo Inmobiliario e Infraestructura Los Alpes S.A de C.V.  (real estate corporation),
(4:50 – 4:52)
Business Storage Corporation S.A de C.V.
(4:53 – 4:54)
 Servicio El Toreo S. A. de C.V.
(4:55 – 4:56)
and a ranch named Los Mimbres, near Parras, Coahuila.
(4:58 – 5:08)
One of the multiple procurements of Javier Villarreal Hernandez, and operated by Francisco Xavier Flores Valdes, was the acquisition by the State Government through the Secretariat of Finance,
 (5:09 – 5:13)
of the offices of the Governmental storage center in Arteaga Coahuila. This property was deviously purchased
(5:14 – 5:28)
 by the business Storage Corporation S.A de C.V., under the mane of Marco Antonio Martinez Saucedo and Francisco Xavier Flores Gonzalez, partner and father of Francisco Xavier Flores Valdez. The property was acquired with 
(5:29 – 5:40)
15 million 500 thousand pesos, to be sold just 23 days after the purchase in 68 million 400 thousand pesos, 4 times more than the original price.
(5:41 – 5:49)
Lorenzo Schuessler Reyes: Javier Villarreal wife's brother in law and front man. He is the head of the Tributary Administrative System of the State of Coahuila (SATEC)
(5:50 – 5:58)
 and the principal operator and front  man of Javier Villarreal Hernandez in the purchase of properties and business openings in the state of Texas. The participation of Schuessler Reyes in the Moreira net
(5:59 – 6:05)
consists in acquisitions of properties in different cities of the state of Texas under the name of Schuessler enterprises.
(6:06 – 6:10)
Some of the enterprises under Lorenzo Schuessler Reyes' name, within a very long list, include
(6:11 – 6:22)
MPV Family Partnership, LLC, Peninsula South Padre 1, LLC, Aero Premio, LLC, Alpes Group, LLC, Barcelona at Stone Oak, LLC, Villa Premio Gas, LLC and IXE Systems, LLC.
(6:28 – 6:38)
Additionally, several properties are registered in the Public Records of Texas, under the names of Lorenzo Schuessler Reyes, and/or his wife Itzel Rotelo of Schuessler, sister in law of Javier Villarreal Hernandez.
(6:39 – 6:51)
Ruben Flores Jr., lawyer of San Antonio, Texas: His law firm is in charge of giving legal representation for the multiple commercial, financial and property transactions that the Moreira net create in the foreign country.
(6:52 – 7:08)
The law firm, The Flores Group, specialized in International Corporative Rights, Tax and Migration Services operating for the Moreira net, and the transactions and operations in the foreign country. The address of The Flores group is 7272 Wurzbach Road Suite 901, San Antonio, Texas.
(7:09 - 7:13)
Rodolfo Camara Ahuja, representative of the Government of Coahuila in McAllen, Texas.
(7:14 – 7:17)
Multiple properties of the Moreira in the foreign country are registered under his name.
(7:18 – 7:33)
In addition to all this net of corruption, illicit businesses and influence peddling, through front  men of Humberto and Ruben Moreira, exists strong evidence that with no doubt show how members of Moreira Valdez Family have acquired
(7:34 – 7:42)
numerous properties and buildings in the city of Saltillo, Coahuila, so blatantly, that without shame they are acquired  under their names
(7:43 – 7:55)
as the compound  that Humberto Moreira possesses  in San Antonio, Texas under the name of his mother in law, Herminia Martinez de la Fuente, with swimming pool, spa and 5 spacious bedrooms with a value of more than 1 million dollars.
(7:56 – 8:11)
This is just a part of the criminal corruption net that head Humberto and Ruben Moreira, and is what they plan to continue doing in Coahuila with Ruben Moreira as Governor

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