Cuauhtémoc Blanco files a complaint against “narco-politicians”; accuses that they try to destroy his image

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Cuauhtémoc Blanco was related to allegedly having pacts with members of organized crime.

Photo: José Méndez / EFE

The governor of Morelos, former soccer player Cuauhtémoc Blanco, filed a complaint this Monday with the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) against the “narco-political” of the state that, he said, try to destroy his image.

The state president made these statements and filed the complaint after a photograph was published with three people allegedly linked to drug trafficking.

Here I am showing my face and I am not going to stop and I am not afraid of them. Here I am, stand firm“, Blanco declared at the entrance to the facilities of the Specialized Prosecutor for Organized Crime (Femdo), a body belonging to the FGR, in Mexico City.

Surrounded by dozens of media, Blanco went to present the legal action before what he described as a “dirty war” orchestrated against him.

Although the governor did not specify who the complaint involves and only mentioned that against “whoever is responsible,” he said that the prosecutors (general and corruption) of Morelos “are anything but autonomous.”

Furthermore, he said that there are judges, police officers, mayors and legislators who have done a lot of damage to the state and he also mentioned the former governor of Morelos Graco Ramírez.

“The state of Morelos is being besieged by a few political actors from the past and economic ones from the present, but very powerful, with sufficient resources to wage a dirty, intense and long-lasting war,” he said.

Surrounded by controversy

Blanco made the decision to present this complaint after the newspaper El Sol de México published the image in early January where Blanco appears with Irving Eduardo Solano, alias “el Profe”, leader of the Guerreros Unidos Cartel arrested in February 2021.

Also appearing are Homero Figueroa, alias “la Tripa”, alleged leader of the criminal group Comando Tlahuica; as well as Raymundo Isidro Castro, alias “el Ray”, who was the regional leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) in Morelos and who was killed in October 2019 in a fight at the Morelos Reintegration Center.

According to the newspaper, the image was captured shortly after Blanco, who turned 49 this January 17, took office as governor of Morelos on October 1, 2018.

“I will continue taking photos with whoever asks me,” added the three-time World Cup player.

On the other hand, in recent days several “narcomantas” have appeared in which organized crime writes messages threatening the governor and claiming responsibility for the murder of Benjamín López Palacios, mayor of Xoxocotla, on January 11. “You are going to run out of mayors, I warned you,” reads the canvas.

On January 5, the former soccer player already said that he is not a criminal nor does he agree with criminals. “I will continue working to give peace to the state. Better that the ‘narco-politicians’ worry, they are being investigated, I have nothing to hide, that they investigate me 100%”, Blanco said then.

In mid-September 2021, the Morelos Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint against Blanco and a network of friends and relatives investigated by the Federal Government’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

The complaint was filed a year after learning of an investigation by the FIU and the FGR into an alleged network of corruption by Blanco’s collaborators, who entered politics more than five years ago.

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