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Cartels profits exceed one billion pesos; estimated amount between 2016 and 2018


MEXICO CITY.

High-impact criminal organizations operating in Mexico generated estimated profits of more than one trillion pesos between 2016-2018.

According to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Ministry of Finance, there are 19 large criminal groups in the country, of which two are supranational in nature: the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and the Pacific Cartel.

Santiago Nieto, head of the FIU, asserted that organized crime is the main security threat in terms of money laundering, so one of the main axes to combat it is the attack on their financial structures.

When presenting the report on National Risk Assessment and National Strategy to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, Nieto Castillo highlighted that during the past administration eight regional organizations grew. These include the Unión Tepito cartel, in Mexico City, and Los Guerreros Unidos, in Guerrero.

The federal government’s strategy against organized crime consists of five axes: fighting hitmen and leaders; attack their financial structures for expansion; counteract political corruption at the local level; face legal and police protection, and dissolve the protection that they often have for their social base.

Cartels made more than $ 1 trillion

Two of them are supranational in nature: those of Jalisco Nueva Generación and the Pacific.

19 high-impact criminal organizations operate in Mexico, two of them supranational in nature: the Jalisco Nueva Generación and del Pacífico cartels.

These have generated estimated earnings of more than one trillion pesos, reported the head of the Finance Investigation Unit, Santiago Nieto.

When presenting the report on the National Risk Assessment and National Strategy to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, the official outlined organized crime as the main security threat in the area of ​​money laundering.

“During the last federal administration we saw the growth of eight regional organizations: the Unión Tepito Cartel and the Tláhuac Cartel, in Mexico City; Los Viagras, in Michoacán, and the Cartel del Noroeste, in Tamaulipas, as well as the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, Los Rojos and Los Guerreros Unidos, in Guerrero, among others, ”said Santiago Nieto.

He pointed out that the strategy to combat them walks along five axes: combat the hitmen and cartel leaders; attack their financial structures for expansion; combating political corruption at local levels, as well as facing legal and police protection, and, finally, dissolving the protection that they often have for their social base.

Today, with information from the Federal Judiciary Council, the Attorney General’s Office, including the number of complaints, among other UIF instances, an estimated amount of one billion pesos between 2016 and 2018 of earnings of criminal groups ”.

In the particular case of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, Nieto Castillo recalled that between 2019 and 2020, more than a hundred accounts involving 99 individuals and legal entities were blocked, which was what allowed the arrest of José Antonio “Y”, The Marro.

He pointed out that, despite the fact that 117 of the 122 organized crime leaders were killed during the past administration, it was not enough to dismantle them.

In this sense, Nieto announced that they are preparing a fourth financial coup against another criminal group with which it is intended to weaken its operating structure, although due to the secrecy of the operation, he did not mention the name of the organization.

Disappearance of subsidies

The members of the Chamber of Deputies must rectify the disappearance of the subsidy for the Strengthening of Performance in Public Safety in Municipalities and Territorial Demarcations of Mexico City (Fortaseg).

The petition was raised through a letter sent to legislators by seven governors, 32 mayors, representatives of 50 civil society organizations on security matters and fifty citizens.

In the letter it was argued that in the Budget Project for 2021, in addition to the disappearance of the Subsidy, the Contribution Fund for the Strengthening of Municipalities and Territorial Demarcations of the Federal District (Fortamun) has a reduction of 4.6 percent.

“These funds constitute the main sources of financing to support states and municipalities to carry out security tasks at the local level, professionalize the police, pay salaries, maintain emergency call centers and acquire supplies such as vests, weapons or uniforms. In addition, it serves to carry out prevention programs.

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