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An alleged leader in Mexico City’s ‘real estate cartel’ arrested trying to enter U.S.

Reynosa, Tamaulipas — Christian “N”, the former mayor of Benito Juárez, was arrested Thursday while attempting to enter the U.S. The arrest took place at Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Christin “N” is allegedly connected to the so-called Real Estate Cartel of Benito Juárez, a sub-city of Mexico City. The Mexico City Attorney General’s Office reported that Christian “N” was taken into custody upon deportation by U.S. authorities for trying to enter the country.

The Fiscalía of CDMX posted “Agents of PDI of FGJCDMX traveled to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in order to apprehend the former mayor of Benito Juárez, Christian “N”. He was deported after he tried to enter the US. We appreciate the collaboration of the authorities of that country and FGR Mexico”.

Christian “N” is alleged to be a leader in an real estate corruption scheme dubbed the Real Estate Cartel, an alleged network to carry out illegal construction in Mexico City.

Christian “N” allegedly asked businessman who built the City Towers complex for two apartments and 820,000 pesos in cash to okay the project for construction, revealed the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (FGJCM).

The spokesman for the capital’s Prosecutor’s Office, Ulises Lara López, presented on video, fragments of the testimony given by a businessman who built the City Towers complex who requested an opportunity criterion to avoid a criminal sanction for violating Mexico City building regulations.

The testimony also exposes the alleged ‘modus operandi’ that public servants would have used to obtain real estate and cash in exchange for authorizing projects in their demarcations.

On Friday afternoon, Christian “N” was admitted to the North Prison.