U.S. Actions Targeting Transnational Criminals for Illicit Fentanyl Activity – United States Department of State
Julio Marin Gonzalez is a money launderer for the Sinaloa Cartel who is responsible for facilitating the movement of fentanyl proceeds from the U.S. to Mexico through various means. In the case of Marin Gonzalez, fentanyl proceeds are laundered through a trade-based scheme using multiple Marin Gonzalez-owned cellphone stores in Sinaloa.
In addition to money laundering, Julio Marin Gonzalez also distributes fentanyl sourced from the Carte in exchange for money used to buy cellphones smuggled into Mexico. In October 2022 Marin Gonzalez facilitated the sale of approximately 20,000 fentanyl pills manufactured by the cartel in exchange for approximately $14,500. Roughly November 2022, in Los Angeles, Marin Gonzalez facilitated the sale of approximately five kilograms of fentanyl powder manufactured by the cartel in exchange for approximately $65,000. The fentanyl was subsequently seized by the DEA. On March 17, 2023, Marin was arrested on a sealed criminal complaint upon arrival of a flight to White Plains, New York, from Los Angeles, California, and charged with crimes for which he was indicted 18 days later.
On April 4, 2023, a federal grand jury sitting in the Southern District of New York returned an indictment against Julio Marin Gonzalez and others charging them with engaging in a Fentanyl Importation Conspiracy, Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy, Possession of Machineguns & Destructive Devices, Conspiracy to Possess Machineguns & Destructive Devices, and Money Laundering Conspiracy.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $1 MILLION for information leading to the conviction of Julio Marin Gonzalez.
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