March 6, 2021

Mexico will auction Ye Gon criminal's mansion valued at 5 million dollars

The Government of Mexico reported on Monday that in August it will auction the luxurious mansion of the Chinese-Mexican businessman and drug dealer Zhenli Ye Gon, valued at 95 million pesos (about 5 million dollars), and the benefits will go to poor municipalities in the country.

"Only one administrative requirement is missing for the Public Ministry to register it in the Public Registry of the property and to be able to sell it in two or three weeks," Ricardo Rodríguez, head of the Property Administration and Disposal Service (SAE) ).

The official explained that the house is "a pretty fifí house (rich)", located in the exclusive neighborhood of Bosque de Las Lomas in Mexico City and with a plot of 1,218 square meters.

At the press conference, Rodríguez projected images of the house, which has a garden, luxurious bathrooms, an elevator, spacious rooms and an equipped kitchen.

He informed that the sale of the house will be part of the "auctions with social sense" carried out by the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador with the objective of selling goods seized from organized crime to finance social programs.

This mansion was where in 2007 the Mexican authorities found 206 million dollars in cash, in addition to 17 million pesos (about 900,000 dollars) and 200,000 euros belonging to Zhenli Ye Gon.

The head of the SAE informed that this money was given at the time to the Judicial Power of the Federation, to the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and to the Ministry of Health.

While another property seized from Zhenli Ye Gon and located in the central State of Mexico was acquired in 2014 by the Government of that state for a value of 181 million pesos ($ 9.5 million).

The businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, accused of drug trafficking, was extradited on October 18, 2016 to Mexico from the United States after almost a decade of waiting and after having starred in one of the largest seizures in history.

An image went around the world – that of a room full of mountains of dollars – and a phrase made the alleged drug trafficker famous: "Coopelas o neck", about alleged threats he suffered from the Government.

Former owner of Mexican pharmaceutical Unimed Pharm Chem, Zhenli Ye Gon accused the then Secretary of Labor, Javier Lozano, of forcing him to hide illegal money that allegedly belonged to the ruling National Action Party (PAN) and had served to finance the electoral campaign of the President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).

The Mexican authorities indicated it as the brain of the band dedicated to the manufacture of pseudoephedrine -a chemical precursor-, and the seizure was considered the closing of the "Operation Dragon", the biggest blow in Mexico to date against the traffic of methamphetamines in the country.

On the other hand, the head of the SAE reported that the Mexican Government raised 10.3 million pesos (about $ 540,000) in the auction of jewels seized from drug trafficking held this weekend, which had 70 participants.

The bid for the piece with the highest starting price (2.95 million pesos or $ 155,050), a Piaget men's watch with case and extensible in 18K white gold with 49 diamonds, was declared void because there were no bidders .

He indicated that the resources obtained will be used to repair rural roads of municipalities located in the Sierra de Michoacán.

On February 24, the Mexican Government auctioned vehicles, armored vans and motorcycles, many of them belonging to the late Presidential General Staff, the protection body dissolved by the president.

In addition, on May 26 he auctioned luxury cars and on June 23 he also put seized real estate for sale to drug trafficking.

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