Suspected Guadalajara Drug Kingpin Indicted in San Diego; U.S. Assets are Frozen by U.S. Treasury Department
Assistant U. S. Attorney Josh Jones (619) 546-9744
NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – August 9, 2017
SAN DIEGO – A federal grand jury has indicted Raul Flores Hernandez, the suspected leader of a Guadalajara-based drug trafficking organization, for moving large quantities of cocaine from South America to Mexico for distribution and further transportation into the United States.
In a related move, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Flores Hernandez, plus 21 of his alleged criminal associates and 42 businesses and other entities affiliated with the trafficking organization as Significant Foreign Narcotics traffickers under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. As a result of today’s action, all assets of the individuals and entities designated that are under U.S. jurisdiction or are in the control of U.S. persons are frozen.
The Flores Hernandez indictment, returned by a grand jury sitting in the Southern District of California on March 17, 2017, and unsealed July 20, 2017, resulted from an extensive investigation into the Flores organization conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in San Diego, Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego and the DEA country office in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In support of the Kingpin Act designation of Flores Hernandez, which was the result of its own concurrent investigation into the trafficking organization, OFAC has said that Flores Hernandez “has trafficked significant quantities of drugs, primarily cocaine, to the United States and has been engaged in these activities since the late 1970s.” OFAC emphasized Flores Hernandez’s cooperative relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, which has led to Flores Hernandez amassing “great wealth, which he has invested into an extensive network of businesses and real estate located primarily in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.”
This case is the result of ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership that brings together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute high-level members of drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations and enterprises.
DEFENDANT Case Number 17CR680-JAH
Raul Flores Hernandez, also known as “Tio” and “Senior” Age: 64 Guadalajara, Mexico
SUMMARY OF CHARGES
International Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances – Title 21, U.S.C., Sections 959, 960 and 963
Maximum penalty: Life in prison; 10 year mandatory minimum; and $10 million fine
Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego and Guadalajara
Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego
*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of California