U.S. Authorities Hunt for ‘Los Zetas’ Businessman Linked to Former Mexican Governor

Humberto Moreira
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Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas and Coahuila to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.  The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Coahuila’s “JM Martinez” Breitbart Texas’ Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby.

A federal judge in Texas has unsealed a multi-count indictment charging a Mexican businessman with being a large-scale drug lord. The businessman is linked to the criminal case in Spain against former Mexican border state Governor Humberto Moreira.

A U.S. District Judge in San Antonio, Texas, recently unsealed a six-count criminal indictment field against Juan Manuel “El Mono” Munoz Luevano, a Coahuila, Mexico, businessman who owns a series of gas stations and other establishments. Munoz Luevano, who in the past has been identified as an associate of former Coahuila Governor Humberto Moreira, has been charged by U.S. prosecutors with four counts of conspiring to traffic more than five kilograms of cocaine, one count of using weapons while trafficking dugs, and one money laundering charge, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed. The charges in the indictment do not provide many details about the criminal activity that Munoz Luevano was allegedly involved in, but they do specify that they began in 1999.

According to the various entries in the case, the criminal indictment had been filed under seal earlier this year. The indictment was unsealed just days after Spanish authorities arrested Munoz Luevano. It remains unclear if U.S. prosecutors will move to extradite him to America. The drug conspiracy charges filed against him carry a possible life sentence.

Earlier this month authorities in Spain arrested Juan Manuel “El Mono” Munoz Luevano, another key figure tied to a money laundering network that had previously resulted in the arrest of former Coahuila Governor Humberto Moreira. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, Spanish authorities arrested Moreira earlier this year charging him with money laundering and having had been a “subordinate” of the Los Zetas drug cartel. Mexico flexed its diplomatic muscle and was able to pressure Spain into releasing Moreira on bond. However, weeks later Spanish authorities arrested Munoz-Luevano who, according to Spain’s El Pais, is also listed as a key figure in the court records filed against the criminal organization.

According to El Pais, Munoz is linked to Rolando Gonzalez Trevino, a Mexican media mogul who had been facing several money laundering charges before pleading guilty and becoming a government witness. According to Gonzalez’s statements, he helped Moreira funnel embezzled government funds into the the purchase of some radio stations. According to El Pais, Moreira is believed to have used some of the funneled funds to help finance the campaign of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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