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A historic Cali Cartel drug trafficker who used cryptocurrencies to launder money falls in Marbella

November 11, 2020

National police arrested a historic Cali Colombia cartel drug dealer in Marbella, Spain. The arrested man Mario A. H., of Dutch nationality and Colombian origin, had fled from police pressure in the Netherlands on the Costa del Sol. He is credited with laundering more than six million euros through cryptocurrencies. The money came “from the cocaine trade,” as the police explained.

He was a former representative of Colombian drug traffickers on European territory and had lived in a luxury house in Marbella from the summer of 2018 until an operation led to his arrest. The investigation began in 2018 when the Malaga province police established a criminal organization related to historical drug trafficking figures. Although the organization was based in Malaga, its membership had spread to different parts of European geography.

Cryptocurrencies for money laundering from drug trafficking

The agents discovered during the monitoring and investigation that their role in the criminal organization had changed. It was no longer a direct agent in drug trafficking to focus on drug trafficking money laundering. For this purpose he had specialized in cryptocurrencies and founded a company to market them.

A historic Cali Cartel drug trafficker who used cryptocurrencies to launder money falls in Marbella
A historic Cali Cartel drug trafficker who used cryptocurrencies to launder money falls in Marbella

In fact, several electronic devices were found in his Marbella home that he was working with and fortnightly credit cards with access to cryptocurrency accounts used for this work. As well as more than fifteen credit cards with access to accounts with cryptocurrencies that have been used to carry out criminal work.

The Dutch authorities now estimate that the drug dealer could have laundered more than six million euros in his new job. During the searches carried out as part of the operation, the national police confiscated 85,000 euros in cash, three luxury watches, several laptops and various cell phones that he used for his illegal work.

They also have a bank account and three cars seized, one high-end. At the same time in his house in Delft, In the Netherlands, agents intervened in cryptocurrencies worth $ 170,000, several wallets of this type of currency, documents and computer materials.

Mario A.H, who came to Europe at the age of only 25, moved from his native Colombia to Europe to become a representative of the Cali cartel on the old continent. At the age of 51, he decided to move to Spain due to police pressure as the agents followed in his footsteps for money laundering.

The police hired him as a narcotic, who was always at a very high level in the world of drug trafficking, initially as a link between the Cali cartel and European gangs to move cocaine shipments. mainly between the UK and the Netherlands and then until a few days ago as an expert in drug money laundering.