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Colombian horse breeder is arrested for leading gang that provided services to Mexican Cartels

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Renowned Colombian horse breeder has been arrested for leading a money laundering gang that provided his services to the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel – Mexico’s two main drug trafficking organizations

  • Néstor Tarazona Enciso was arrested Monday in Pereira, Colombia
  • Colombian authorities charge 56-year-old with ‘money laundering and illegal enrichment’
  • In addition to breeding fine step horses, Tarazona Enciso also led a gang that provided her services to the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel
  • In 2009, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Tarazona Enciso for providing ‘material support’ to the El Chapo cartel
  • In 2014, he severed ties with El Chapo after the Mexican drug lord was arrested and later partnered with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.










A horse breeder allegedly the leader of a criminal gang linked to Mexico’s two main drug cartels was arrested in Colombia on Monday.

Néstor Tarazona Enciso, 56, was arrested by Colombia’s National Police on Sunday in Pereira, the capital of the central western state of Risaralda.

Authorities said he was wanted for “money laundering and illegal enrichment” activities that were the byproduct of his role as the leader of a gang known as “Los Puntilleros”.

It lent its services to the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel – two transnational criminal organizations at war with each other over drug smuggling routes into the United States.

Renowned Colombian horse breeder Néstor Tarazona Enciso was arrested Monday in Pereira, Colombia. Authorities allege he was overseeing a gang that provided his services to the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel – Mexico’s two main drug trafficking organizations

In December 2009, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Néstor Tarazona Enciso under the Kingpin Act, accusing him of proving 'material support' to Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel.

In December 2009, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Néstor Tarazona Enciso under the Kingpin Act, accusing him of proving ‘material support’ to Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel.

Tarazona Enciso served a long prison term in the United States for cocaine smuggling and was deported to Colombia in 1995.

In December 2009, the US Treasury Department sanctioned him under the Kingpin Act, accusing him of proving “material support” to the Sinaloa cartel of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Colombian authorities claim that Néstor Tarazona Enciso kept a low profile in Colombia by breeding fine step horses and exotic birds.

Colombian authorities claim that Néstor Tarazona Enciso kept a low profile in Colombia by breeding fine step horses and exotic birds.

Colombian authorities have accused Néstor Tarazona Enciso of money laundering for the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel - two transnational criminal organizations at war with each other over drug smuggling routes into the United States.

Colombian authorities have accused Néstor Tarazona Enciso of money laundering for the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel – two transnational criminal organizations at war with each other over drug smuggling routes into the United States.

His two livestock farms, Agropecuaria La Cruz SA and Criadero Las Cabanas Ltda., were also designated by the Ministry of Finance’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for allegedly being used to launder money for the cartel.

Colombian authorities claim that Tarazona Enciso kept a low profile in Colombia by breeding fine step horses and exotic birds.

He has reportedly increased his illicit net worth to over $4 million since 1999.

Tarazona Enciso is said to have severed ties with El Chapo after his arrest in February 2014 and lent his gang a helping hand to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

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