A control judge linked the process to Roberto Sandoval, former governor of Nayarit in the period from 2011 to 2017, for the crime of improper exercise of functions.
For this reason, the former official will be held in preventive detention for at least four months, when the complementary investigations are concluded, and the control judge issues a sentence.
Roberto Sandoval and his daughter Lidy Alejandra Sandoval López, were detained since June 6 by federal forces, in the municipality of Linares in New Lion.
This in an operation that was coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), in which elements of the Ministry of National Defense participated (Sedena), the National Intelligence Center (CNI) and the National Anti-Kidnapping Coordination.
Who is Roberto Sandoval?
Roberto Sandoval was governor of Nayarit from 2011 to 2017 and during his administration, violence and insecurity linked to organized crime escalated dramatically, so that at the end of his term there was talk that he had ties to drug trafficking.
Since May 17, 2019, the United States has accused him of ties to drug trafficking in Mexico, having received bribes from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and froze the accounts that the former state president had in USA.
Theelectoral journey This Sunday was marked by the arrest of the former PRI governor of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda And your daughter, Lidy Alejandra Sandoval; however, it has not been the only one in which these types of events have occurred.
The June 5, 2017, already early Monday morning, while the virtual winners of the ordinary elections in Coahuila, State of Mexico, Nayarit and Veracruz, he was arrested in Panama on former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge.
In the first minutes of that Monday, elements of Interpol and the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) and the then Attorney General’s Office intercepted the former governor at the Tocumen International Airport, in Panama.
After his arrest, in January 2018, Borge was extradited to Mexico and admitted to the Federal Center for Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Ayala in the state of Morelos, where he remains detained so far.
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Borge Angulo is accused of being the co-author of a plan to, first, sell and acquire, together with other officials, 22 properties of Quintana Roo’s heritage at undervalued prices, to later hide them or try to hide them through family and friends who served as name-holders and companies using the Mexican financial system, from April 2011 to September 25, 2016.
The case now repeats itself with who was at some point his party partner (PRI) Roberto Sandoval.
This Sunday in Nayarit, a state in which 268 charges will be disputed, the arrest of the former president along with his daughter, for the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin.
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In Linares, Nuevo León, federal forces completed the arrest warrant against Sandoval Castañeda, after eight months in which personnel from the National Anti-kidnapping Coordination carried out investigation and analysis work with which they managed to identify at least 40 homes in the entities of Nayarit, Jalisco, Nuevo León, State of Mexico and Mexico City.
Roberto Sandoval Castañeda was arrested this Sunday, June 6, along with his daughter, accused of the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin. During his tenure in Nayarit (2011-2017), the president faced accusations of illicit enrichment, which was exhibited through his horses, his properties and the links attributed to him with organized crime.
Mexico City, June 6 (However) .- The way of life of Roberto Sandoval Castañeda it did not go unnoticed. At the beginning of July 2017, two months after the end of his term in the Government of Nayarit (2011-2017), the then Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), now the FGR, initiated an investigation for illicit enrichment, according to the press, against the president emanated from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who during his tenure satisfied his tastes for horses, jewelry and property.
Sandoval Castañeda was arrested with his daughter Lidy Alejandra during the early hours of this Sunday in the municipality of Linares, in Nuevo León for the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin. Elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the FGR, the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), the National Intelligence Center (CNI) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) of the Secretariat participated in his arrest. of Finance and Public Credit.
The former governor’s arrest occurs more than a year and a half after it was required by the authorities, and just within the framework of the election day of this June 6, in which more than 20 thousand positions will be elected, a figure never before seen in the history of the country.
In March of this year, a judge issued a new arrest warrant against Sandoval and his daughter, and also requested a red card from Interpol “for the possible commission of the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin.”
Sandoval is accused of embezzlement in the Investment and Reinvestment Fund for the Creation and Support of Social Enterprises of the State of Nayarit. The former governor faces up to 20 years in jail, disqualification from public office and a penalty to repair the damage of about 20 million pesos, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
THE TASTE FOR HORSES
Roberto Sandoval Castañeda made his fortune grow, according to the authorities of Mexico and the United States, by diverting public resources and accepting millionaire bribes from “Los Cuinis”, the financial arm of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG). One of the samples of their enrichment was evidenced by their ranches, their thoroughbred horses, exclusive cattle and stallions.
Precisely, on February 28 of last year, the Secretary of State of the United States during the administration of Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, accused him of receiving bribes from organized crime. By then, the Nayarit Prosecutor in Sandoval’s administration, Édgar Veytia, had already pleaded guilty in that country for having allowed drug trafficking to and from the United States and for obstructing investigations and prosecution of members of drug trafficking in Mexico. .
Roberto Sandoval in July 2011 when he won the governorship of Nayarit. Photo: Cuartoscuro.
The increase in the assets of Sandoval occurred in his period at the head of the Government of the State of Nayarit, during the six-year term of Enrique Peña Nieto, as happened with other governors of that party. It was in this management when the purchase of ranches, houses, apartments, fine horses and high-register cattle took place.
In 2017, the last year of his administration, Sandoval moved around 7,000 head of cattle to northern Mexico. “Some seven thousand were taken to Coahuila, to the Aguatoche ranch, owned by former governor Humberto Moreira,” while another “150 were taken to the El Julión ranch, in Chiapas,” was detailed in the report “Roberto Sandoval: chronicle of an enrichment delirious ”posted by Process in 2019.
A year later, in March 2018, the press reported that the Nayarit Prosecutor’s Office secured five properties to the former governor and his family; However, Rodrigo González, spokesman for the Truth Commission of that state, warned that this was only the “tip of the iceberg”, because in addition to the alleged illicit enrichment, the purchase of 12 thousand head of cattle and 350 mares should be investigated of Spanish breeding, part of which moved to Coahuila.
The same reports indicate that when he arrived at the Government of Nayarit he had about 350 mares from the Spanish Torre de Luna stud farm, plus 68 horses from La Cantera – another of his ranches, which he acquired in 2014 through the company L-INMO, SA de CV. , designated by the US Treasury Department as one of those that Sandoval used to cover his illicit enrichment and launder drug money— 30 from El Armadillo and 22 from La Cima del Cielo.
The report published by Process At that time, signed by Patricia Dávila, it indicated that Sandoval’s taste for Purebred Spanish horses led him to ally – according to the United States government – with drug cartels, which made him accumulate great wealth, always with help from former prosecutor Édgar Veytia.
Part of this exclusive cattle was taken in 2017 to Coahuila, Aguatoche wide, by former governor Humberto Moreira. Two years later, in 2019, the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Finance reported that an investigation was being carried out into the businesses that Roberto Sandoval and César Duarte, former PRI governor of Chihuahua, did with public money through a livestock association . Santiago Nieto Castillo, the head of the Unit, said in an interview with Televisa that the livestock association, which was from Duarte, received money from Financiera Rural and also public resources from Nayarit. Then there was an exchange of acquisition and sale of cattle between the former PRI presidents.
PROPERTIES, GOLDEN SADDLES …
The other side of the luxuries accumulated by Roberto Sandoval was made public when in December 2020 the Nayarit Prosecutor’s Office seized objects “of great value” in two properties of the former governor, including a saddle with gold details and the initials “RSC ”.
Image of a chair seized by the FGE of Nayarit on the former governor’s property. Photo: FGE Nayarit.
The properties searched on that occasion, the ranch “La Cantera” and the Fundación Ríe, had an approximate value of 170 million pesos. Images released by the Prosecutor’s Office showed a saddle with gold inlays.
In addition to the inlaid saddle, pieces of Wixárika art, animal sculptures and paintings were also found, as can be seen in the images released at that time.
Pieces of Wixárika art that were also seized. Photos: Nayarit Prosecutor’s Office.
“It was possible to inspect and inventory various objects also of great value, widely recognized as the property of former Governor Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, thereby strengthening the presumption that he behaves as the true owner of said properties. The objects will be valued and integrated into the quantification of the illicit and unjustified patrimony of Roberto Sandoval Castañeda; due to their excessive luxury, they are one more proof of this, ”the Nayarit Prosecutor’s Office reported last December.
Saddles seized last December at the Sandoval ranches. Photo: Nayarit Prosecutor’s Office.
On the morning of this Sunday, June 6, the former governor of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval was arrested for the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin. The politician is known, among many things, for having a relationship with several famous people, among them Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
Through the years, the relationship of the boxer and the former president It has been registered in social and commercial networks and even press conferences.
In 2009, the then municipal president led a press conference in the fight between Saúl Álvarez and Lanardo Tyner where he thanked “Canelo” for taking that fight to the state.
In 2011, the politician’s nexus with “Canelo” caused a stir when the then PRI candidate for governor of Nayarit decided to travel by jet and private helicopters to travel to the Álvarez fight, who, at that time, it appeared in the promotional commercials of the campaign.
At that time, the PAN decided to denounce the candidate for exceeding the campaign spending limit.
Perhaps the most tense point in that relationship occurred in 2019 when the United States Department of the Treasury reported that the Valor y Principio de Dar AC foundation was under investigation. This organization would have received monetary contributions from Álvarez and was used by Roberto Sandoval, former governor of Nayarit, to launder money from organized crime.
After an eight-month persecution by five entities and the issuance of a red card of Interpol, the former governor of Nayarit was arrested this Sunday, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, And your daughter, Lidy Alejandra Sandoval.
Both face an arrest warrant for the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin.
Sandoval Castañeda is blacklisted by the United States Department of the Treasury for alleged ties to organized crime and has an Interpol international search red card.
Authorities from the National Anti-Kidnapping Coordination (Conase) participated in the capture, in collaboration with the Nayarit Attorney General’s Office.
Since November 2020, when the arrest warrant was issued, Conase carried out investigation and analysis work, where at least 40 addresses were identified in the entities of Nayarit, Jalisco, Nuevo León, State of Mexico and Mexico City, where father and daughter hid or could have.
The arrest operation was carried out in coordination with members of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the FGR, Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), National Intelligence Center (CNI) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.
Federal forces arrested at dawn on Sunday, June 6, in Linares, Nuevo León, at the ex-governor from Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda and his daughter, Lidy Alejandra Sandoval.
The arrest was made in compliance with an arrest warrant for the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin.
According to federal sources, for eight months, personnel from the National Anti-kidnapping Coordination carried out research and analysis with which managed to identify at least 40 addresses in the entities of Nayarit, Jalisco, Nuevo León, State of Mexico and Mexico City.
The operation was carried out in coordination with members of the Criminal Investigation Agency, of the Attorney General’s Office; of the Secretariat of National Defense; of the National Intelligence Center and the Financial Intelligence Unit, of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.