Naolinco, Verazruz — A ranch belonging to former Veracruz Public Security Secretary Arturo Bermúdez Zurita has been seized by the government.
The Veracruz government says it seized the La Cartuja mega ranch owned by former Public Security Secretary Arturo Bermúdez Zurita, which has several luxury facilities including a bullring, five houses, sports courts, an artificial lake and a zoo.
The ranch, which is located in Naolinco, is valued at 40 million peso. Bermúdez Zurita is currently under criminal prosecution for corruption.
The governor of Veracruz, Miguel Angel Yunes, explained that in addition to seizure of the ranch, properties of the relatives of the former secretary of Public Security are also being investigated.
The investigated assets include real estate in Miami, Florida, a hotel in Chachalacas Veracruz, as well as various bars and hotels in Riviera Maya, all properties that they are certain somehow belong to Arturo Bermúdez.
Yunes said that to date, secured assets include “five houses, three buildings of general use, a chapel, a Charro canvas, a soccer field, badminton court, cricket pitch, an artificial lake, stables and training areas.”
They also seized a zoo, a greenhouse, 20 geese, 10 horses, eight llamas, four dogs, three peacocks, two cats and a white Suzuki motorcycle in addition to various firearms.
According to Yunes, a few days ago the Federal Electricity Commission went to perform an inspection of the building and when they knocked on the door, they were greeted by armed personnel who prevented their routine inspection from being carried out.
Although the property of the ranch is in the name of Miguel Bermúdez Zurita, brother of the former secretary of Public Security, the property was the object of several purchase and sale transactions of rights between the parents and the brother of the former official.