Monday, July 16, 2007

Drug money and the Mexican government

From Wikipedia
Zhenli Ye Gon (Traditional Chinese: 龔 禎利 葉[1]) (born January 31, 1963, Hong Kong[2]) is a Mexican business man of Chinese origin, accused of trafficking pseudoephedrine into Mexico from Asia. He is the legal representative of United Pharm Chem.
In an interview with the news agency AP, Mr Ye Gon stated that he kept the money found recently in his house in Mexico, which is the largest illegal fortune ever found in the world, after having been blackmailed by Mexican Secretary of Labor Javier Lozano. According to Mr Ye Gon, the money's ultimate destination was the presidential campaign of Felipe Calderón, the current president held by many to be spurious. In this respect the money scandal has become a nightmare for the current presidency, which is still under attack by the opposition under charges of committing fraud in the 2006 general election against Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
According to Mr Ye Gon, Mr. Lozano told him he should "cooperas o cuello" (literally, cooperate or neck), by this meaning if he did not co-operate then he would be killed.
The fortune, found by the police on March 15, 2007 at his residence at Lomas de Chapultepec in Mexico City included the following:
205 million American dollars
18 million Mexican pesos
200,000 Euros
113,000 Hong Kong dollars
11 centenarios (highly valued Mexican gold and silver coins)
A great amount of jewels, of unknown value
Confiscated along with the money were also:
2 Mexican style dwellings of approximately 20 million pesos
1 lab in construction of unknown value

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