The Sinaloa Cartel’s Brazilian chancellor

Anabel Hernandez & Philippe Engels – In Sight Crime, 2/21/2014

US security forces have identified a Brazilian businessman as an important money laundering connection for Mexico‘s most powerful criminal organization the Sinaloa Cartel — which appears intent on extending its tentacles into Brazil.

From his home in Florida in the United States, Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho operates a network of shell companies discovered in 2008 during an investigation by US agencies the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Official documents declassified by the US government show that Rojo Filho, along with his accomplice, the Portuguese businessman Pedro Benevides, was identified in a report sent to the State Department in 2012 as a “financial component of the Sinaloa Cartel” and was accused by the DEA of conspiring to traffic and distribute drugs in the United States.

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