The Mexican Drug Dealer Luis Eduardo Gonzalez Garciawho posed as a successful businessman in Chicago to distribute drugs and send millions of dollars in proceeds to Mexico, He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.reported the Department of Justice.
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The United States government’s accusation against González asserts that he established a “sophisticated“network of warehouses and shell companies posing as legitimate businesses to distribute cocaine in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, as well as laundering millions of dollars of the product.
Warehouses, according to US authorities, They were located in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs of Naperville, Arlington, Heights, and Plainfield; although the network has also expanded to the states of Texas and Georgia.
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Those responsible for these stores, under the protection of González García, created shell companies that were registered with local governments as if they were legitimate businesses, according to information from the Ministry of Justice.
These businesses, which claimed to sell furniture, snacks, laundry or other items, they operated their own websites and hired employees to conceal cocaine distribution.
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From 2012 to 2017, González was responsible for the distribution of thousands of kilograms of cocaine in the United States and the laundering of over $50 million from the sale of the drug.
The drugs were mostly concealed in boxes which allegedly contained the items the shell companies intended to sell and They were transported overland from Mexico only to be returned with the cash.
A single transport can contain up to 100 kilos of cocaine or up to $1.5 million in cash, the Justice Department has revealed.
Between 2012 and 2017, according to investigations, González García distributed thousands of pounds of cocaine across the United States and laundered more than $50 million in drug trafficking proceeds.
According to the authorities, The drug lord owned yachts in tropical locations, expensive gold watches and pickup trucks, and lived a luxurious life until he was arrested in 2018 by the DEA at Chicago airport.
González García, 55 years old and born in Monterrey, Mexico, he pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal charges of drug conspiracy and money laundering.
In his defense letter, González stated that he got into the drug trade when his tomato business failed and he had a moment of “bad judgment”, according to the information cited by ABC 7.
In addition to the 30-year prison sentence, Federal Judge Ronald A. Guzmán fined González García, a native of the city of Monterrey, in the state of Nuevo León, with $1.5 million.
The sentence was announced by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R Laush, and Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Robert J. Bell.
“By successfully laundering tens of millions of drug proceeds from himself and his cartel associates in Mexico, the defendant has undoubtedly not only enriched himself, but also enriched the Mexican drug cartels, some of the or