Gerardo Gonzalez-Valencia, commonly known as Lalo, was the head of a large-scale DTO and was given a life prison term for coordinating to spread five kilos or more of cocaine with the aim of bringing it into the United States. Together, the CJNG and Los Cuinis, the DTO in charge of transporting considerable amounts of cocaine from South America and Mexico into the US, comprise one of Mexico’s biggest and most violent drug organizations.
Cocaine Kingpin: Life Sentence and Cybercrime Lessons
Gonzalez-Valencia directly oversaw the organization of multi-ton cocaine shipments that were headed for the US. Law enforcement agencies were able to stop some of these shipments, including the Mexican government’s discovery of 750 kilograms of cocaine concealed within frozen shark corpses and the US Coast Guard’s interception of about 280 kilos of cocaine from a semi-submersible. He was also reportedly in charge of providing guns to support the drug trafficking conspiracy, as well as carrying out targeted assassinations of competitor drug dealers. It should be noted that the OCDETF supported the case.
The Uruguayan government received praise from the Justice Department for its cooperation in finding and extraditing Gonzalez-Valencia.
This case highlights the need for increased vigilance in the fight against cybercrime and global drug trafficking as it demonstrates how knowledgeable hacking organizations utilize cryptocurrency for illegal purposes.