José de Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo
|José de Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo|
|Occupation||Career soldier, organised crime, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking|
|Title||Former Division General|
Sentenced to 70 years in prison
Gutiérrez Rebollo was a Mexican career soldier who rose to the rank of Divisional General. He commanded the Fifth Military Region based in Jalisco, Mexico, and worked for the office of the Attorney General of Mexico where he was appointed the country's top-ranking drug interdiction officer in 1996 as head of the Instituto Nacional para el Combate a las Drogas (INCD).
Gutiérrez had access to Mexican intelligence and intelligence provided to Mexico by the U.S., including anti-drug investigations, wiretaps, interdiction programs, operations and informant identities.
Arrest and charges
The authorities began investigating Gutiérrez on February 6, 1997, after they received a tip that he had moved into an expensive apartment "whose rent could not be paid for with the wage received by a public servant." Mexican authorities also obtained a recording of Gutiérrez and Carrillo Fuentes in which Gutiérrez allegedly discussed payments to be made to him in exchange for ignoring Carrillo Fuentes' illegal drug activities. Gutiérrez was taken into custody and charged with bribery, perverting the course of justice and facilitating the transportation of cocaine. Gutiérrez Rebollo later was convicted of aiding the drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes.
Early in 1997, he was fired from his post after an investigation showed that he had received bribes from the Juárez drug cartel. He was sentenced to 31 years 10 months 15 days imprisonment for misuse of weapons restricted to the Army. In 2007 he was sentenced by a federal court to a further forty years imprisonment and a fine of 24,716,829 pesos for collaboration with drugs cartel leader Amado Carrillo Fuentes. He is awaiting trial in Nayarit on weapons trafficking charges.
Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the intricacies of the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a trafficker, whose lives affect each other although they do not meet. The character General Arturo Salazar is closely modeled after General Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo.