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Former Mexico City magistrate allegedly linked to Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel

Mexico City, Mexico — An investigation by the Federal Judicial Council (CJF) against a former judge has revealed an alleged link with the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).

On Monday, a court denied an Amparo to former federal magistrate, Isidro Avelar Gutiérrez, after an investigation revealed his alleged link to the cartel.

The former magistrate was arrested in November of 2019 based on a warrant for the alleged illicit enrichment of more than 1.2 billion peso. He has since been accused of being linked to the cartel by issuing legal resolutions in their favor.

“The investigation in which facts committed by Isidro Avelar Gutiérrez in his capacity as Circuit Magistrate are being investigated in said Unit, in relation to his possible participation in acts of corruption, when issuing resolutions favorable to the members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and a former leader of the criminal group called Los Zetas,” says the sentence on page 18.

The United States also linked ex-magistrate Isidro Avelar as part of the “criminal structure” of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).

Isidro Avelar Gutiérrez was hoping to be released from his preventative detention, which was imposed on him in December of 2019, however on Monday, magistrates of the Court unanimously decided that, due to the suspicion of the link that Avelar Gutiérrez has with the CJNG, it was not possible to change the precautionary measure.