Mexico: “COFEPRIS Has Never Tolerated Irregularities!”


Sino-Mexican meth mogul defendant Ye Gon being grilled by the AP in New York.
An interview the AP sat on for weeks, for some reason. The DEA’s “man behind the meth” is a principal reason for all the hubbub over whether the Mexican Customs service — mostly run by relatives and friends of Fox’s Treasury secretary, now CEO of Televisa’s cellular subsidiary, during the period in question — is a shining beacon of modern efficiency or not.

… investigations continue and, in case more forged permits are discovered, the appropriate charges will be brought, since no irregularities of any kind will be tolerated, as they have never been tolerated.

El Financiero (Mexico) carries the Notimex wire copy:

México, 23 de septiembre.- La Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios (Cofepris) presentó ante la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) 41 denuncias penales, contra quien resulte responsable por la falsificación de permisos para importar pseudoefedrina y otros insumos para la salud.

The Federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) presented the federal prosecutor with 41 criminal charges against whoever turns out to be responsible for the forgery of permits to import pseudoephedrine and other inputs for health.

But see

El titular de la Cofepris, Juan Antonio García Villa, ordenó la presentación de dichas denuncias por 161 permisos sanitarios de importación apócrifos, detectados hasta la fecha, a nombre de diversas empresas de las cuales, por disposición legal, se reserva su identidad.

Cofepris director Juan Antonio García Villa ordered the charges be brought with respect to 161 inauthentic import permits, detected to date, in the name of various firms which, by order of the court, cannot be divulged. 

Lo anterior, de acuerdo con un comunicado, es en respuesta y en cumplimiento a las recomendaciones que recientemente formuló el Organo Interno de Control de la Secretaría de Salud (SSA).

These foregoing, according to a press release, is in response to and in compliance with recommendations recently made by the internal controls division of the Secretary of Health.

De dichas denuncias, 39 se interpusieron antes del 6 de septiembre, fecha del informe de los auditores, el 10 de septiembre se presentó una denuncia más, y el viernes 14 la otra.

Of these criminal cases, 39 were filed before September 6, date the audit report was published; on September 10, another charge was brought, and another 14 were filed on Thursday.

“Cofepris detectó la existencia de permisos de importación de fechas 2003, 2004 y 2005, los cuales no fueron expedidos por este órgano desconcentrado”, asentó el comunicado.

“Cofepris has detected the existence of import permits from 2003, 2004, and 2005, which were not issued by this agency,” the press release said.

Además las investigaciones prosiguen y, en caso de que se descubran más permisos falsos, se presentarán las denuncias correspondientes, ya que no se tolerarán, como no se han tolerado, irregularidades de ningún tipo.

Futhermore, investigations continue and, in case more forged permits are discovered, the appropriate charges will be brought, since no irregularities of any kind will be tolerated, as they have never been tolerated. 

That infamous Vesuvius of molten money seems to be heating up again. Set news alerts and stay tuned.


Ye Gon’s cash stash: the mother of all mountains of money. There is that story about Saddam’s sons and an 18-wheeler full of Benjamins, but I have never seen a really thorough report on the incident. 

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