Romanian Woman Arrested in U.S. for Demanding Cartel Extortion Payments in Mexico

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Authorities in the U.S. helped their Mexican counterparts arrest a Romanian woman who was wanted in Mexico for various extortions allegedly made on behalf of Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

The arrest took place in San Isidro, California, where through Interpol, Mexican, and U.S. authorities coordinated the arrest of Iulia “N,” a Romanian national wanted in Mexico on extortion charges. Mexican authorities did not release the woman’s last name due to a law that protects the identity of individuals accused of crimes.

After the arrest, authorities flew Iulia to Mexico City and sent her to a local prison to await trial, according to information released by Mexico City’s Attorney General’s Office (FGJCDMX).

Investigators shared a video of Iulia being taken into a detention center on social media and subsequently shared her mugshot.

The case against Iulia began in May 2022 when a woman in Mexico City reported being threatened by an individual who claimed to be part of CJNG. The caller allegedly stated that CJNG now controlled the region and she needed to pay a monthly fee or face dire consequences. The victim claimed the caller gave her an account number to make her deposits in a timely manner. Fearing for her life, the woman made an initial deposit before contacting authorities. Investigators report they traced that account Iulia and obtained a warrant for her arrest.

Mexican authorities did not reveal if the suspect was actually working for CJNG or if she was using the cartel’s name as part of an extortion scheme.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León 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 their original Spanish. This article was written by “E.F. Robles” from Jalisco. 


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