Judge Luna Altamirano: dismissed. Judge Luna Altamirano: dismissed.

Federal judge fired for ‘notorious ineptitude’

Magistrate dismissed after freeing suspected narcos and amassing assets

A federal judge who freed notorious drug world figures including the son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has been dismissed, judicial authorities announced yesterday.


The Federal Judiciary Council (CJF), an agency that oversees Mexico’s courts, made the decision due to a string of irregularities committed by Jesús Guadalupe Luna Altamirano that freed alleged criminals.

A disciplinary committee of the CJF ruled that the judge “demonstrated a lack of professionalism, notorious ineptitude and carelessness in his judicial decisions.”

During his tenure, he freed suspected narcos Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar known as El Chapito or Little Chapo, Sandra Ávila Beltrán, known as La Reina del Pacífico (The Queen of the Pacific) and Ávila’s lover, the Colombian Juan Diego Espinosa Ramírez, known as El Tigre (The Tiger).

He also exonerated Arturo Culebro Arredondado or El Tito, an alleged money launderer for the Beltrán Leyva and Colombian-based Norte del Valle cartels. It was this case that triggered the investigation.

While the CJF reached its verdict yesterday, the magistrate has been on the radar for some time.

In July 2014, the CJF reported Luna Altamirano to the federal Attorney General’s office after it was discovered he was in possession of around 13 million pesos (US $681,000) and more than US $633,000, amounts well beyond his regular earnings.


He was also accused of irregularly processing and resolving 12 sentencing appeals.

The investigation identified payments and deposits to an account in the judge’s name from unknown sources totaling almost 3 million pesos, an amount that was made up of 13 bank transfers, 46 check deposits, 62 cash deposits and nine “other” deposits.

Almost 8.5 million pesos were withdrawn from the account via check and bank transfer.

An analysis of bank records belonging to relatives and others connected to the judge, including eight people who share at least one of the judge’s surnames, found 300 deposits totaling almost 2 million pesos. Sixty-one per cent of the deposits were made to one woman.

In 2010 Luna Altamirano transferred ownership of a donated house in the Coyoacán borough of Mexico City to one of his daughters. The house was valued at close to 5 million pesos.

The investigation also revealed that it was probable that Luna Altamirano didn’t accurately declare his income to tax authorities for the period 2004 to 2012.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    The new judge will be given the same “offer he can’t refuse.”

    “…assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the release document.”

    And American citizen, not US subject.

  • Garry Montgomery

    O.K., so, take the money or get a bullet. What’s new in Mexico? My buddy was a Federale inTijuana when a black SUV pulled up to his checkpoint and offered an envelope full of $100US bills. The driver said, “We know where your family lives in Mexico City, so, take the money and close this check point for 15 minutes and all will be well.” He took the money, closed the checkpoint and resigned from the Service. He flew to Mexico City and moved his family.
    Until Mexico takes the drug cartels and corruption seriously nothing will change. Where do they start?

    • Start by legalizing drugs.

      • SickofLiberalbs9999

        It’s hard to imagine exactly what would happen after legalization.
        A country filled with hardcore criminals whose livelihood just got taken away might be even worse.

        • What would happen is precisely what happened after Prohibition I was repealed in the early 1930s. Most of the murder and mayhem came to a sudden end because the fat profits from illegal booze had the rug pulled out from beneath it virtually overnight. Did some of the bad guys turn to other illegal endeavor? One would have to assume so, but the bloodshed associated with Prohibition ended. The Valentine’s Day Massacre and other such mayhem. When this current, longer-running Prohibition II is repealed, the same thing will happen. The analogy is exact. Only the product is different. Booze then. Drugs now. Neither Prohibition I nor Prohibition II took the products off the market. Not by a long shot, pardon the pun. The Prohibitions only fueled a crime wave. It’s sanctimonious and dumb.

          Even trying to ban things that people really, really want is doomed to failure. Might as well try to make sex illegal.

          • Garry Montgomery

            No, it’s NOT the exact analogy. Prohibition allowed government-sanctioned booze so again it was really government corruption! That’s not what’s happening with the drugs.

          • I have never heard of government-sanctioned booze during Prohibition I. Do point me to a reference.

          • Garry Montgomery

            The Volstead Act set down the rules for enforcing the federal ban and defined the types of alcoholic beverages that were prohibited (sic or allowed) such as beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% (by weight) and wine of a similarly low alcohol content.
            As usual in the U.S. of A. the congressional lobbyists worked effectively to have a blind eye turned to various brands of alcoholic beverage which were freely available.

          • Turning “blind eyes” to the law does not count. Lots of blind eyes are applied in the War on Drugs too. I stick to my perfect analogy stand.

          • Garry Montgomery

            Sure. As you choose. Ignore the Volstead Act and the constitution . . . yawn. Must be a Liberal Left-wing-nut dem.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      Sadly, it really seems hopeless to me.
      This situation perhaps could have been solved 10-20 years ago – now, it’s too far gone.

      • Garry Montgomery

        It will need a war with the military against the cartels and a lot of innocents will get caught up in the crossfire. If it’s not done NOW we’ll end up with two rules of law – the elected, corrupt government versus the unelected narco “police” pecking at each and the innocents will still get caught up and anarchy will rule. The government must revolt forcefully against the cartels and then the public can revolt peacefully against the government.

  • WestCoastHwy

    “dismissed”, I believed retired is more like it. With that retirement fund, there will be plenty even for his great, great grand kids!

    Not accounting for all assets of which would go way beyond the Mexican Border, Jesús Guadalupe Luna Altamirano (Christ) must be sitting on a @#$% load. If Mexico would have balls like the U.S. L. P. A., it would secure all those assets legally and appropriate them to their campaign funds and won’t need to embezzle.

    (scratching my head) Can’t figure for the life of me why Mexicans are unable to see the reality of it’s ineptitude, you can find all the answers on Google! Even Moses figured it out. (Appropriating the Golden Cow out of Egypt)

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    Is that a Mexican synonym for “arrested”?