The Mexican press revealed this Wednesday, January 31, that American authorities had identified financial links between the current president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (photo) and the Sinaloa Cartel.
The case was revealed by journalist Anabel Hernández.
According to investigations by the federal prosecutor’s office for the Southern District of New York and the American anti-drug trafficking agency in 2010 and 2011, López Obrador had received money from the cartel in his 2006 presidential campaign.
How much was paid, according to investigations?
The contribution would have been between 2 and 4 million dollars. AMLO, as the current president of Mexico is known, denies the accusations.
“It’s completely false, it’s slander.”said López Obrador, when asked about the report at his regular morning press conference this Wednesday.
“There is no proof. They are vile slanderers.”he added.
AMLO’s campaign notified electoral authorities in 2006 that it had spent 616.15 million Mexican pesos, which was equivalent to around 55 million dollars at the time.
Who was involved in the investigations?
According to investigations by American authorities, the main representative of the Sinaloa Cartel in electoral contributions was drug trafficker Arturo Beltrán Leyva.
Negotiations between the criminal organization and the campaign were led by one of Beltrán Leyva’s main associates, Edgar Valdez Villareal, also known as La Barbie.
The person who received the money in AMLO’s name was the politician’s personal chauffeur, Nicolás Mollinedo. He worked for the current president between 2000 and 2014.
What records did Americans obtain?
American authorities obtained confidential reports and audio recordings from members of the criminal organization and the inner circle of the then candidate, who was only elected president in the 2018 election.
Among this material is the record of a telephone conversation between AMLO and La Barbie on June 15, 2006, at the end of that year’s presidential campaign.
In this conversation, AMLO…
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