Mexico Cartel Suspect Named in Panama Papers Arrested in Uruguay

4/26/16 Insight Crime

InSightLogo_main_24bitUruguayan authorities have arrested several suspects linked to Mexico crime group Los Cuinis, a move that could shed light on some previously obscure aspects of the organization’s international operations.

On April 22, police in Montevideo detained 11 people, including Mexican citizen Gerardo González Valencia. According to Uruguayan newsweekly Búsqueda, Gerardo is the brother of Abigael González Valencia, the alleged leader of Los Cuinis — a relatively little-known organization thought to maintain an alliance with the powerful Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).

In a previous investigation based on documents obtained through the “Panama Papers” mega-leak, Búsqueda reported that Gerardo González Valencia and a woman identified as his wife, Wendy Delaithy Amaral Arévalo, had ties to two companies established by the now-infamous Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Those companies — Montella Global SA and Deltodo Enterprises — reportedly invested in real estate in Punta del Este, Uruguay, where González Valencia maintained a residence, as well as in industrial properties in China and Russia, using the Uruguayan firm Asesores y Consultores del Sur Ltda. (Advisors and Consultants of the South, Ltd. – Asconsur) as an intermediary.

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