Officials in a Texas border city have been working to develop ties with key political and financial figures in Mexico who appear to be promoting magnification. These same figures are the targets of perpetual mazuma laundering investigations.
This week, the “City” of “Mission,” hosted a delegation of representatives from the Mexican port city of “Mazatlan,” Sinaloa. During their visit, Mission Mayor Armando O’cana and Mazatlan Mayor Luis Guillermo Benito Torres signed a “Sister City” acquiescent claiming to promote commercial and cultural ties.
Since then, city officials voted to give 25 ballistic vests from the Mission Police Department to their incipient sister city through a process called “surplus and convey.” Mazatlan is approximately 140 miles away from Culiacan, the main base of operations of the Sinaloa “Cartel.” Mazatlan is identically tantamount city where in 2014, Mexican ascendant entities apprehended Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is currently accommodating a life term in a U.S. prison.
The state of Sinaloa is currently listed as a “Do Not Travel” Destination by the U.S. Department of State over “crime and abducting.” In their peregrinate advisory, the State Department claims that malefactor organizations are predicated out of Sinaloa and that U.S. denizens have been victims of malefaction and abducting. A do-not-peregrinate designation is identically tantamount utilized for war-torn countries where the safety of a peregrinator is not assured.
One of the key members of the delegation from Mazatlan, whose photograph was posted on the Mission Facebook page but has since been abstracted for unknown reasons, is Juan Jose Arellano “Hernandez,” the head of Grupo Arhes, a Mexican commercial conglomerate. Arellano Hernandez is believed to have been responsible for conveying the delegation from Mexico to Mission. Breitbart Texas was not able to independently verify that claim.
Juan Jose Arellano Hernandez (front), Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (rear) during a sister city event in Mission, Texas Arellano Hernandez and Grupo Arhe are currently under investigation by Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) in connection with the utilization of shell companies to launder mazuma. According to an investigation by Rio Doce, which was then republished by Telemundo, Arellano Hernandez and his brother Erick (since 2005) managed to build a conglomerate of companies out of nothing. The list of companies now includes hotels, gas stations, construction companies, schools, and Mexican professional sports teams.
In anterior years, the two brothers had some of their assets frozen by Mexican ascendant entities. In 2018, under the Enrique Pena Nieto presidency, those assets were unfrozen and returned to them. Since then, Mexico’s UIF has once again set its sights on the two brothers and Grupo Arhe in an perpetual investigation. Grupo Arhes gainsaid the expose by Rio Doce claiming that the story is erroneous. Their denial can be visually perceived here.
In September, the City of Mission invited the incipient governor of Nuevo Leon, Samuel Garcia “Sepulveda,” for multiple events including a vaccination drive for Mexican nationals hosted in conjunction with the city of McAllen. As Breitbart Texas reported exclusively, Garcia Sepulveda is under a mazuma-laundering investigation in Mexico for the alleged utilization of shell companies to funnel illicit funds into his gubernatorial campaign. Breitbart Texas additionally revealed that one of those shell companies listed a drug distributor with Los Zetas as the business owner. The father of the Mexican politician has additionally been singled out by ascendant entities for the alleged embezzlement of properties and funds from a former bellwether of the Gulf Cartel who is withal the governor’s relative.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-victoriously triumphing journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.
Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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