U.S. Treasury links Unomásuno newspaper to Los Cuinis drug cartel

The Office of Foreign Assets Control said that Los Cuinis have used the Mexican newspaper to further its drug trafficking activities.

​Naim Libien Tella, the vice president of Unomásuno, has had a long relationship with Abigael González Valencia, who has been involved in drug trafficking since the 1990s. (Photo: Taken from the U.S. Treasury Department)
English 16/12/2015 12:33 Natalia Gómez Quintero Actualizada 11:06

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mexican national Naim Libien Tella and four Mexican entities as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

Naim Libien Tella provides support to the narcotics trafficking activities of the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization and its leader, Abigael González Valencia, both of which were designated earlier this year. González Valencia was captured in Mexico in late February 2015.

The entities designated today, including the Mexico City-based newspaper Unomásuno, also provide support to the narcotics trafficking activities of Los Cuinis or are owned or controlled by González Valencia and/or Libien Tella. As a result of today’s action, any assets these designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

“Through its relationship with Naim Libien Tella, the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization has used the Mexican newspaper Unomasuno to further its drug trafficking activities,” said Acting OFAC Director John E. Smith.

Naim Libien Tella, the vice president of Unomásuno, has had a long relationship with González Valencia, who has been involved in drug trafficking since the 1990s. In 2007, González Valencia conferred power-of-attorney for his Guadalajara-based investment company, Valgo Grupo de Inversión, on Libien Tella. Valgo Grupo de Inversión was also designated today because it is owned or controlled by González Valencia and/or Libien Tella.  More recently, Libien Tella and Unomasuno have provided support to the narcotics trafficking activities of González Valencia and Los Cuinis.

The other companies designated today are Toluca-based businesses Diario Amanecer, a Mexican newspaper, and Aerolíneas Amanecer, an air taxi company. Both entities are owned or controlled by, or act for or on behalf of, Naim Libien Tella.

After this information was disclosed by the U.S. Treasury Department, Unomásuno posted a statement in its website in which Liam Libien Tella denied having any links with drug cartels and added that the newspaper has continuously exposed the activities of drug trafficking operations, including Los Cuinis. 

 

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