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Expediente penal B12435 de la Corte de Distrito del Sur de Texas

Expediente penal B12435 de la Corte de Distrito del Sur de Texas

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFTEXASBROWNSVILLEDIVISION
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UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
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vs.
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FERNANDOALEJANDROCANO-MARTINEZCRIMINALNO.
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INDICTMENTTHEGRANDJURYCHARGES:AtalltimesmaterialtothisIndictment:COUNTONE[ConspiracyToCommitMoneyLaunderingTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,1956(h)]A.Introduction
1.
BeginningnolaterthanJanuary1,1998,andcontinuingtothepresent,thereexistedalarge-scalecriminalorganizationknownasthe"GulfCartel."Thearmedbranchor'muscle'oftheGulfCartelwasknownasthe"Zetas,"or"LosZetas,"comprisedinpartofmilitarydesertersfromthearmedforcesofMexico.TheheadquartersoftheGulfCartelwasinMatamoros,Tamaulipas,Mexico,acrosstheinternationalborderfromthecityofBrownsville,Texas.2.TheGulfCartelconductednumerouscriminalactivities,including,butnotlimitedto:(a)theacquisition,possession,anddistributionoflargequantitiesofcontrolledsubstances,includingmarihuanaandcocaine;(b)smugglingcontrolledsubstancestotheUnitedStates;(c)extortions;(d)kidnappings;and(e)murders.3.TheprimarydestinationmarketforcontrolledsubstancesacquiredbytheGulfCartelwastheUnitedStates.CocaineandmarihuanaweredistributedintheSouthernandWesternDistrictsofTexasandelsewhereintheUnitedStates.Proceedsfromthedistributionofcocaineand
 
marihuanaconsistedoflargeamountsofUnitedStatescurrency,whichweretransportedinthereversedirection,thatis,fromtheUnitedStatestotheStateofTamaulipasinMexico.4.Toensurethecontinuationoftheirillegalenterprises,membersandassociatesoftheGulfCartelusedportionsoftheproceedsderivedfromtheactivitiesarticulatedinparagraphstwo(2)andthree(3),above,topaylargebribestohigh-levelelectedofficialsintheStateofTamaulipasandcandidatesforsuchofficesonanongoingbasis.ThesebribeswerepaidinexchangeforlittleornopoliceinterferenceorforebearanceofpoliceactionconcerningtheGulfCartel'snarcoticstraffickingandmoneylaunderingactivitieswithintheStateofTamaulipas.5.Thebribeswerepaiddirectlytocorrupthigh-levelelectedofficialsandcandidatesforoffice,andtheirrespectiveallies,policeauthorities,andpersonswithinthejusticesectoroftheStateofTamaulipas.Thispracticeoccurredatleastbeginning1998throughthepresent,andtheaggregatesumofallbribessopaidisunknown,butitisestimatedtobewellintothemillionsofdollars.
B.TheConspiracy
6.FromonoraboutJanuary1,1998,andcontinuingthereafteruptothedateofthisindictment,intheSouthernDistrictofTexasandelsewhere,andwithinthejurisdictionofthisCourt,theDefendant,
FERNANDOALEJANDROCANOMARTINEZ,
didknowinglycombine,conspire,andagreewithotherpersonsknownandunknowntotheGrandJurytocommitanoffensedefinedinTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1956(a)(2)(B)(i),to-wit:totransport,transmit,andtransfer,andattempttotransport,transmit,andtransfermonetaryinstrumentsandfundsinvolvingtheproceedsofspecifiedunlawfulactivityasdefinedbyTitle18,2
 
UnitedStatesCode,Section1956(c)(7)(B),toincludenarcoticstrafficking,bribery,andtheft,toaplaceintheUnitedStatesfromorthroughaplaceoutsidetheUnitedStates,knowingthatthemonetaryinstrumentsandfundsinvolvedinthetransportation,transmission,andtransferrepresentedtheproceedsofsomeformofunlawfulactivity,andknowingthatsuchtransportation,transmission,andtransferwasdesignedinwholeorinparttoconcealanddisguisethenature,location,source,ownership,andcontroloftheproceedsofspecifiedunlawfulactivity,asthattermisdefinedinTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1956(c)(7)(B),toincludenarcoticstrafficking,bribery,andtheft.
C.TheMannerandMeansoftheConspiracy
7.ItwasapartoftheconspiracythatFERNANDOALEJANDROCANOMARTINEZ(CANO)wouldanddidfrequentlyandroutinelyreceiveandcontrollargebribepaymentsdestinedforthebenefitofholdersofandcandidatesforhigh-levelelectedofficesandpositionswithintheStateofTamaulipas.ThesebribesweretransmittedbymembersandassociatesoftheGulfCartel,butalsobyothersforpurposesunrelatedtoCartelbusiness.8.ItwasfurtherapartoftheconspiracythatCANO,amongotherthings,wouldanddidfrequentlyandroutinelydirectoroverseethetransferofproceedsand'earnings'fromsaidproceedsfromMexicototheUnitedStates,andthesetransferswereconductedinamannerdesignedtoconcealtheownership,nature,source,andcontrolofsuchproceeds.9.ItwasfurtherapartoftheconspiracythatwhensuchproceedsreachedtheUnitedStates,CANOwouldanddidusesuchproceedstopurchaseassetsintheUnitedStates,andthesepurchasesweremadeusingthird-partyornomineenames.Saidproceedswerealsousedtofundongoingcostsassociatedwithsomeofsaidassets.10.ItwasfurtherapartoftheconspiracythatCANO,togetherwithoneormore3

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