Indiana Beauty queen arrested in Mexican cartel bust that included one of feds’ most wanted fugitives

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An Indiana beauty queen was swept up successful a sweeping supplier bust pinch ties to a Mexican cartel that’s been years successful nan making.

Glenis Zapata, 34, who was crowned Miss Indiana Latina successful 2011, allegedly utilized her occupation arsenic a formation attendant to move supplier money from Chicago to nan confederate states and into Mexico, according to a national indictment. 

She’s charged with 2 counts of money laundering stemming from a $170,000 rate carrier connected August 7, 2019, and astatine slightest $140,000 connected September 10, 2019.

Zapata was 1 of 18 suspects arrested erstwhile federal law enforcement took down their main target, Oswaldo Espinosa, who was among nan Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) astir wanted fugitives.

Zapata, on pinch 2 slope tellers – Zapata’s sister, Ilenis Zapata and Georgina Banuelos – were nan latest to beryllium arrested successful nan Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces’ return down of Oswaldo Espinosa. 

Glenis Zapata, who was crowned Miss Indiana Latina successful 2011, was arrested arsenic portion of a Mexico-based world supplier operation. Miss Indiana Latina / Facebook

Espinosa is nan alleged ringing leader of a multi-million dollar, Mexico-based supplier trafficking ringing that flooded US streets pinch thousands of kilograms of cocaine, according to nan latest national indictment revenge connected May 16.

From 2018 to 2023, Espinosa recruited seemingly ordinary, under-the-radar workers for illustration Zapata, arsenic portion of his alleged criminal enterprise, which utilized warehouses and garages each complete nan Windy City to hide money and drugs. 

Cash and cocaine were loaded into semi-trailer trucks and connected planes from nan Midwest stash houses to nan confederate portion of the US and into Mexico, “including via commercialized flights and utilizing nan assistance of Glenis Zapata,” nan indictment alleges. 

Zapata is accused of utilizing her occupation arsenic a formation attendant to carrier complete $300,000. Miss Indiana Latina / Facebook

Espinosa was nan caput of his ain Mexican world supplier trafficking statement (DTO) called nan Espinosa DTO, according to tribunal documents. 

The past filing, which included nan charges against Zapata, elaborate 8 supplier trafficking operations from 2021 to 2023 and 15 rate transports betwixt November 2019 and March 2022. 

The investigation into Espinosa was spearheaded by nan Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, which was created to onslaught awesome supplier rings successful nan US. 

Oswaldo Espinosa was a wanted fugitive by nan DEA who allegedly ran a multi-million dollar, Mexico-based world supplier trafficking organization. DEA

The ESPINOSA DTO is simply a mini cartel successful comparison to powerhouses for illustration The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel, which power astir each of Mexico and its maritime ports and dispersed their tentacles passim nan U.S. 

In total, researchers estimate location are astir 150 Mexican cartels of various sizes pinch astir 175,000 “active members” (as of 2022), according to a September 2023 study by Science.

And galore of these organized crime syndicates dispersed their forbidden businesses into nan US, and smuggle narcotics and money crossed nan border. 

The investigation into Espinosa was spearheaded by nan Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, which was created to onslaught awesome supplier rings successful nan US.  U.S. District Court

A May DEA study said Mexico’s “most powerful and ruthless cartels” — The Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa cartels — run successful each 50 states.

Both cartels’ superior products are meth and fenantyl, according to nan report, which said that Mexican cartels person “caused nan worst supplier situation successful US history.” 

Dismantling awesome supplier operations is among national rule enforcement agencies’ superior goals. 

Zapata was 1 of 18 suspects arrested erstwhile federal law enforcement took down their main target. Miss Indiana Latina / Facebook

In 2023, rule enforcement agencies wrong 150 miles of nan separator conducted astir 600 bulk rate seizures weighted astatine $18 million, nan DEA study says. 

“DEA’s apical operational privilege is to relentlessly prosecute and conclusion nan 2 Mexican supplier cartels … that are chiefly responsible for driving nan existent fentanyl poisoning pandemic successful nan United States,” nan study says. 

The cognition “puts resources into nan US’s astir violence- and overdose-plagued cities to target nan convulsive dealers who termination thousands of Americans each week pinch fentanyl and pinch weapons.”


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