Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Colombian Feds Crush Major Drug Financial Operation Associated With El Chapo Sinaloa Druglord

Dolly Cifuentes Villa

Major Cartel de Sinaloa financial, money laundering and smuggling operation shutdown in Colombia.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 21, 2011

Medellin, Colombia - On Wednesday, the Colombian National Police (CNP) reported a major financial setback for the Cartel de Sinaloa in Mexico. Since August until last week, the CNP was able to shutdown a major financial and drug smuggling operation connected to the Sinaloa Cartel.
Authorities confiscated about 150 properties worth more than $53 million from a family associated with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, drug kingpin for the Sinaloa Cartel. They seized multiple bank accounts, dozens of businesses and 10 airfields with clandestine runways, including 31 private airplanes that were used for smuggling cocaine. The CNP also arrested more than 35 people in the smuggling operation.
Last August, the CNP arrested Dolly Cifuentes Villa, 47, aka, "La Mano" who owned and operated dozens of financial businesses in Colombia, Panamá, Mexico, Brazil and in the U.S. The businesses were used for laundering millions of dollars for the Sinaloa Cartel. Villa was charged with laundering money and a drug smuggling operation. Villa's drug operation smuggled thousands of pounds of cocaine into the U.S. from multiple Latin American countries.

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