Zhenli Ye Gon

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Zhenli Ye Gon

Zhenli Ye Gon (b. 1963, Shanghai) is a business man of Chinese origin, apparently accused by Mexican government of trafficking pseudoephedrine into Mexico from Asia.

Mr. Ye Gon claimed in an interview that he kept the money found in his house in Mexico, which is apparently the largest illegal fortune ever found in the world (+205 million American dollars), after having been blackmailed by "Mexico's government party". U.S. and Mexican authorities are investigating the existence of at least $200 million more belonging to Zhenli Ye Gon, according to information from national security officials. [1] Prosecutors have also tried to secure the cooperation of Ye Gon's wife and two of his former employees, who are being held in a prison outside Mexico City. [1]

Zhenli Ye Gon was arrested in a Maryland restaurant four months after police discovered $207 million at his Mexico City mansion in what U.S. officials have called the world's biggest seizure of drug cash. He pled “not guilty” in a D.C. federal court. [2] In June, 2009 The US Federal government dismissed conspiracy charges against Mr. Zhenli Ye Gon;

With its case weakened, US prosecutors decided to punt, sending the case back to Mexico. "The government believes the interests of justice and the United States' ongoing collaborative efforts with the government of Mexico to combat international drug trafficking are best served by giving precedence to the Mexican prosecution," DOJ attorney Paul Laymon wrote in his motion to dismiss. [2]

On August 28, 2009 Judge Emmet Sullivan dismissed the drug trafficking conspiracy charge against Zhenli Ye Gon with prejudice.

Mr. Ye Gon's fathers-in-law have a good and old prestige among the Chinese community in Mexico.

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