Suspected leader of drug cartel indicted | USAO-SDCA


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SUMMARY OF THE PRESS RELEASE – September 22, 2021

SAN DIEGO – A federal grand jury indictment was unveiled today in San Diego against alleged Mexican cartel leader Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela in connection with his drug trafficking activities. Valenzuela Valenzuela was also the target of sanctions imposed today by the US Department of the Treasury.

The indictment, rendered on September 28, 2018, accuses Valenzuela Valenzuela of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for import, conspiracy to import controlled substances and conspiracy to distribute substances. controlled. On September 28, 2018, the court clerk issued a sealed arrest warrant against him. Valenzuela Valenzuela remains a fugitive.

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela as a major overseas narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Please watch https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0367.

Based in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Valenzuela Valenzuela is said to be a boss of the Sinaloa Cartel Square, which trades in fentanyl and other drugs and operates under the direction of Sinaloa Cartel Leader Ismael Zambada Garcia (aka “El Mayo” ). Valenzuela Valenzuela is reportedly leading a drug smuggling organization responsible for transporting and importing several tons of illicit drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl, from Mexico to the United States.

In addition to Valenzuela Valenzuela, OFAC has also appointed seven other Mexican nationals to provide material assistance to Valenzuela Valenzuela. Specifically, the individuals include Valenzuela Valenzuela’s right-hand man, Leonardo Pineda Armenta, who is responsible for directing operations for him, and six cartel lieutenants who ultimately report to Valenzuela Valenzuela: Gilberto Martinez Renteria, Jaime Humberto Gonzalez Higuera, Jorge Damian Roman Figueroa, Luis Alberto Carrillo Jimenez, Meliton Rochin Hurtado and Miguel Raymundo Marrufo Cabrera. In addition, OFAC has designated two companies in Mexico owned or controlled by Rochin Hurtado and Marrufo Cabrera. More precisely, these are Acuaindustria Narciso Mendoza, SC de RL de CV and Club Indios Rojos de Juarez, SA de CV

“This indictment and the Treasury Department sanctions announced today demonstrate that the Department of Justice, along with its law enforcement partners, will continue to target Sinaloa cartel barons who import large quantities. massive amounts of illegal drugs in the United States, “Acting US Attorney Randy S. said. Disgusting man. Grossman commended US Assistant Prosecutor Matthew J. Sutton, DEA case officers and all law enforcement partners for their excellent work on this case.

Acting US Attorney Grossman also thanked Customs and Border Protection, the US Marshals Service, the US Department of Justice’s Enforcement Operations Office and Bureau of International Affairs, and the Oversight Office. foreign assets of the Treasury Department for their continued assistance in this investigation.

“The DEA will continue to deploy considerable resources to target members of the Sinaloa cartel, such as Sergio Valenzuela-Valenzuela, who allegedly flooded our country with their toxic drugs,” DEA Special Agent John W. Callery said. . “This indictment, along with the recent OFAC designation of Valenzuela-Valenzuela and its associates in the Sinaloa cartel, testify to the fact that the DEA’s targeted financial operations against this cartel are working and will have a negative impact on their operations. “

This pursuit is also part of a strike force initiative of the Drugs Against Organized Crime (OCDETF), which includes the establishment of permanent multi-agency task forces that work side by side at the same place. This co-located model allows agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle major drug dealers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations.

The government’s case is being pursued by Assistant US Attorney Matthew J. Sutton.

RESPONDENT File number: 18CR04222-DMS

Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela, alias Gigio Age: 52 Sinaloa, Mexico

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for the purpose of illegal importation, in violation of 21 USC §§ 959, 960 and 963; Duration of detention including a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of $ 10 million and supervised release of five years.

Conspiracy to import controlled substances, in violation of Title 21 USC §§ 952, 960 and 963. Length of detention including a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of $ 10 million and a supervised release of five years.

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, in violation of Title 21 USC §§ 841 (a) (1) and 846. Length of detention including a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment, $ 10 million fine and five years of supervised release.

AGENCIES

Drug Enforcement Administration

Customs and Border Protection Field Operations Office

Border Patrol Customs and Border Protection Office

United States Marshals Service

Ministry of Justice, Working Groups on the Fight against Drugs in Organized Crime

Ministry of Justice, Office of Enforcement Operations

Ministry of Justice, Office of International Affairs

Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control

Oceanside Police Department

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

National Town Police Department

Chula Vista Police Department

San Diego Police Department

San Diego County Attorney’s Office

San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center

Interpol

* An indictment or complaint is not proof that the accused committed the crimes charged. The accused is presumed innocent until the government fulfills its burden in court to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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