Mexican governor with cartel ties endorses Biden, then gets called out by Mexicans online

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MICHOACAN, MEXICO – A governor from the Mexican state of Michoacán has asked former residents of his state who have moved to the United States to vote for Joe Biden this election season. Governor Silvano Aureoles, who gave the endorsement, is facing accusations that he has drug cartel ties and allegedly bought his votes in Michoacán.

Aureoles posted a video on Twitter on October 29 urging those who emigrated from Michoacán to the United States to cast their vote for Biden on November 3rd.

In the online video, Aureoles said  (translated from Spanish):

“This November 3, the U.S. is having elections that are determining for you who live and work and have family on the other side. You have an opportunity to choose a humanitarian government with a different approach that knows and understands the needs of migrants.”

Aureoles claims that as many as 4 million people living within the United States have roots stemming back to the Mexican state of Michoacán. He also claimed that President Trump supports racism:

“While Donald Trump builds walls to stop migrants and separates families and promotes hate and racism against those who need to go to the other side. At the same time, he only benefits the rich.”

Aureoles praised Biden’s stand on amnesty elected saying:

“On the contrary, the candidate to replace him is pushing an agenda that carries a lot to the historic hopes and dreams of the migrant community through a naturalization program. He has a vision for all Americans, even for those who don’t yet have papers.”

But according to a top leader from the Los Viagras, which operates as the armed portion of the La Nueva Familia Michoacán Cartel, Aureoles was trying to enlist his services (and that of the cartel) to get him elected as governor. Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra made a confessional style video back in 2018 alleging that Governor Aureoles was trying to get the police to kill him for refusing to take his money in exchange for helping him during his campaign:

“Why is Silvano doing this? The problem is I am not convenient to him – I know too much.”


 

“At the start of your campaign, you sent me $1 million pesos to help you with votes… Twenty days ago, you tried to offer me $10 million pesos to ensure the safety of the state–to hook me into making a commitment to you, and if I didn’t keep my part, you would send the government against me… You are mad because I turned down the money.”

Aside from the corruption allegations, Aureoles is also getting criticized in the comments section of the posted video by Mexicans supporting President Trump.

One commenter wrote:

“From what you tweeted; two things emerge. 1: He doesn’t know the Constitution, politics of the United States, [or] Mexicans. 2: He is unaware of the immigration issue. Take care of: The insecurity, lack of opportunities and social development in your state (which are grounds for immigration expulsion).

“In your political pettiness and leadership of your state, you do not understand that if Mexican migrants are sending more remittances… It’s because they have more jobs than before. Under the Trump administration, unemployment decreased and the quality of life for families in the United States rose.”

 

In a tweet by another individual, they pointed out that what the governor of the Mexican state was doing was tantamount to “meddling” in another country’s election:

“This is the Head of the State Executive Authority of the great State of Michoacán, meddling, openly and blatantly in the electoral process of another country… and with all the official items, flags and signature. This is too much.”

Another Twitter user responded to that notion, saying that perhaps Aureoles should get back to tackling issues in his own state in Mexico:

“Instead of meddling in the neighboring country’s electoral process, Mr. Silvano Aureoles Conejo should address the multiple problems of Michoacán such as the insecurity that has left hundreds of deaths in his state.”

Another Twitter user responded to that notion saying that perhaps Aureoles should get back to tackling issues in his own state in Mexico:

“Instead of meddling in the neighboring country’s electoral process, Mr. Silvano Aureoles Conejo should address the multiple problems of Michoacán such as the insecurity that has left hundreds of deaths in his state.”

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Feds: 13 arrested after two men kidnapped by cartel in Texas, tortured in Mexico

September 9, 2020

 

MCALLEN, TX – On September 2nd, federal authorities had arrested 13 individuals related to cocaine trafficking charges. But these charges seem to have stemmed from a sealed indictment handed down by a grand jury in late-2019 against the individuals.

And the circumstances of what allegedly transpired in October of 2019 is not only sordid, but a frightening detail of the exploits of Mexican drug cartels.

The 13 people arrested were identified as Geovanny Garcia-Quevedo, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Alejandro Enrique George-Boza, Jose Joel Quevedo-Bouzamayor, Edgar Fuentes-Fuentes, Laureano Javier Roldan-Quevedo, Ulises Marino, Yetmis Martinez-Pujol, Jesus M. Mesa, Yoanny Ochoa-Labacena, Jorge Mendez Chavez, Jerman Loera and David Gonzalez.

While the over-dozen people arrested made their first appearances in federal court early on in September of 2020, federal authorities have been working this case for a considerable amount of time.

It all started back on October 2nd in 2019 when the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a traffic stop that involved a tractor-trailer that held 30 bundles of cocaine. Yet DPS let the suspect, named only as “D.G.” in the criminal complaint, leave without arrest and only seized the suspected narcotics.

Roughly two-weeks after that stop, an unidentified person had reported to Mission Police that a man was missing. The missing man mentioned on the report was referred to a “J.L.”. Missoin Police were then informed one day after the missing person’s report that “D.G.” hadn’t been heard from or seen since October 14th.

Police had last tracked “J.L.’s” phone to a rural residence located in Edinburg, Texas.

Ten days after the missing persons’ reports were both filed, “J.L.” had made a call from Mexico saying that he and “D.G.” had been kidnapped and were being held for ransom. “J.L” stated at the time that the kidnappers wanted $800,000 for the release of only him.

Come October 28th, the FBI had visited the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in order to interview a man identified as Gerardo Ruiz.

Ruiz told authorities that both he and a man named Oscar Serafin Ibarra, both later charged with kidnapping, were told by a member of the Gulf Cartel that the duo were supposed to meet up with “J.L.” and “D.G.” at a ranch in rural Edinburg.

The pieces were all starting to come together as to what happened. Both “J.L.” and “D.G.” were told that they had to go to the ranch in Edinburg on October 14th. An unidentified person had threatened to kill both “J.L.’s” and “D.G.’s” family if they did not arrive at the specified location.

When the two arrived on October 14th in Edinburg, they were immediately bound with zip-ties and Ruiz and Ibarra were reportedly brandishing guns at the time of their capture. Ruiz and Ibarra had then told “J.L.” and “D.G.” that they were going to be taken to Mexico.

On October 15th, an unidentified individual brought “J.L.” and “D.G.” into Mexico via the Donna port of entry, while Ruiz and Ibarra remained in the United States. While authorities were investigating Ruiz, he informed them that he believed that “J.L.” and “D.G.” were kidnapped in order to settle a drug debt.

According to the criminal complaint, the following was noted for the reasoning behind the kidnapping:

“While in Mexico, J.L. and D.G. were handed over to unidentified subjects. The unidentified subjects informed J.L. and D.G. that they had been brought to Mexico because of 100 kilograms of cocaine that were lost.”

The two captives were reportedly beaten with boards while being handcuffed in a location in Mexico, and had been contacting family members about the ransom while in captivity:

“J.L. and D.G. made multiple ransom calls to family members at the direction of their captors for the amounts of $800,000 and $300,000, respectively.”

On October 30th in 2019, the two had been released from captivity and were able to travel back into the United States. Although it is unclear if they were released due to the ransom being paid or not.

Ruiz and Ibarra are already slated for their trials to begin in October of 2020, while the remaining 13 other people recently arrested in connection with this investigation are likely to have probable cause and detention hearings transpire in the near future.

The now-15 indictments linked to this case has not only resulted in said arrests and charges, but multiple pending forfeitures.

Among the items listed that authorities are seeking to seize are a 2014 Mercedes Benz, a 2013 Dodge Ram, 10 trailers, including four freightliner trucks, two Great Dane trailers, four utility trailers and the property in Edinburg linked to the kidnappings.

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