Colombia.- The Colombian Police arrested this Monday Nestor Tarazona Enciso, a horse breeder accused of leading a criminal gang dedicated to laundering money for him Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
Néstor Tarazona was captured during a checkpoint in the city of Pereira, capital of the department of Risaralda, as he faces charges for the crimes of money laundering and illicit enrichment of individuals.
The alleged criminal leader has been investigated as responsible for forming a financial company to launder money from Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
It is not the first time that Tarazona Enciso has faced the law, since in the past he was convicted twice for drug trafficking offenses in the United States.
In 1995, he returned to Colombia to constitute of the shell companies engaged in money laundering of the Mexican drug cartels, according to the Colombian Police.
For more than 25 years Néstor Tarazona remained anonymous, working as a breeder of horses and exotic birds. Meanwhile, it is estimated that he increased his assets by more than 17 billion Colombian pesos (more than 4.46 million dollars) illegally.
His name appears linked to expensive thoroughbred horses that were dedicated to exhibiting at fairs throughout Colombia, becoming a benchmark in that industry. The companies Agropecuarias de la Cruz SA and Cattery Las Cabañas Limitada They are registered in your name in Bogotá.
After the capture of “El Chapo” Guzmán in 2014, the criminal leader suspended his business with the Sinaloa Cartel and began working for the CJNG, in addition to becoming a partner of Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, known as “Memo Fantasma”, a powerful drug trafficker captured last June in Bogotá after eluding justice for decades.
In addition to collaborating with the “El Chapo” and “El Mencho” cartels, Tarazona maintained criminal ties with the Cali Cartel and the criminal group of Los Puntilleros, according to the investigations of the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office.
It also transpired that his late brother Óscar Iván Tarazona Enciso was one of the trusted pilots of the Cali Cartel and Hélmer “Pacho” Herrera’s henchman.
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The Colombian authorities consider that the capture of Néstor Tarazona could bring progress to the investigations that would link other people engaged in illicit businesses in the field of horse breeding.