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Originally posted by flyboyII
How about some drug smuggler from Venezuela bought an airplane to smuggle drugs.
Woods was right to suspect the Mexican casas de cambio. In May 2007, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency seized $11 million that Wachovia held in Miami bank accounts for Casa de Cambio Puebla. The agency said the funds would be forfeited in a criminal case that remains tightly sealed nearly two years later. In November 2007, Mexican authorities closed Puebla and arrested its executive, Pedro Alatorre Damy, calling him the financial mastermind of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. The Mexican government said Alatorre had financed a drug-running air force, including a DC-9 captured with five tons of coc aine and a Gulfstream II that had crashed in the Yucatan Peninsula with more than three tons of coc aine aboard.
Carlos Gutiérrez de Velasco is the paterfamilias of the influential Veracruz-based family which owned the Casa de Cambio Puebla currency exchange, accused of laundering enough drug money through U.S. banks to buy as many as 100 American planes for use in drug-running.
In a recent interview with Mexico City's Reforma newspaper, Gutierrez, who is also the father of a fugitive from prosecution in the case, claimed his family is the victim of selective prosecution, and alleged a cover-up of the involvement of influential Americans.
He called on Mexico's President Felipe Calderon to become personally involved in forcing the DEA to explain why only Mexicans are being tracked down and jailed.
The Americans who sold planes to the Sinaloa Cartel buyers enjoy official immunity from prosecution, Gutierrez suggested, while people like his fugitive son, José Antonio Gutiérrez, were being tracked down and hung out to dry.