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DEA lists head of Jalisco New Generation Cartel at the top of most wanted list

May 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
DEA lists head of Jalisco New Generation Cartel at the top of most wanted list

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The U.S government have a New Public Enemy No.1 at the top of their most wanted list.

According to Mexico’s biggest newspaper El Universal, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes alias ‘El Mencho,’ leader of the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the most feared drug lord in Mexico, is now at the top of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) most wanted list.

He joins fellow top drug traffickers Ismael ‘EL Mayo’ Zambada, partner of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, and Rafael Caro Quintero, founder of the Guadalajara Cartel as the most sought after fugitives wanted by the U.S. government.

Oseguera Cervantes served three years in a U.S. prison for a 1993 heroin conviction in California, before being deported back to Mexico.

He is currently wanted by U.S. authorities for a drug trafficking indictment in the Federal Court for the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have also designated Oseguera Cervantes, under the “Kingpin Act”, and is offering up a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture and conviction.

In a short period, ‘El Mencho’ has grown the CJNG as the dominant criminal group operating in Mexico and has been classified by the DEA as one of the most powerful transnational organizations in the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in the world.

“The cartel is one of the most powerful [cartels] in Mexico that also operate[s] cells within the U.S.,” DEA agent Russ Baer told the Daily Beast

“The CJNG [has] rapidly expanded their criminal empire in recent years through the use of violence and corruption; the growth pattern includes growing incursions onto American soil, with [U.S.] law enforcement increasingly reporting CJNG members and associates as sources of supply for drugs,” Baer said.

The CJNG first started out as an armed wing of the Sinaloa cartel, commissioned by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman and led by Ignacio Nacho Coronel, a top Sinaloa operator who consolidated the illegal laboratories for the production of synthetic drugs throughout the state of Jalisco.

After Coronel’s death in 2010 during a confrontation with the Mexican military, Oseguera took control of the organization and drug plaza or smuggling routes in and around Jalisco.

Together with its financial arm, identified as Los Cuinis, led by Abigael González Valencia, the brother-in-law of ‘El Mencho,’ who the DEA identifies as the richest drug trafficker in the world. Oseguera began to expand his cartel’s operations in the states of Colima, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Guerrero, Morelos, Veracruz and Baja California, according to information provided by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office.

‘El Mencho’ has now positioned his criminal organization to take control of the Tierra Caliente Region of Mexico that encompasses the states of Guerrero, Michoacan, and Estado de Mexico, while also making a move into Baja, California, sparking a violent turf war with the Sinaloa Cartel in Tijuana.

The dimension of the Jalisco Cartel goes beyond the smuggling routes in Mexico. In less than a decade, the criminal organization has managed to extend its operations throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and as far as Australia.

Everard Meade, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, says the criminal entrepreneur has utilized terror and sensational acts of violence as a means to expand his organizational reach or to eliminate anyone who gets in their path in the most brutal possible way.

“He’s different from some who might want to be feared but aren’t trying to build a territorial dynasty,” says Meade, who describes El Mencho as a businessman with a military mindset. “El Mencho has focused on tightening and lengthening his supply chain while demolishing competitors or anyone else who might get in the way.”

Law enforcement officials have gathered insight on the drug lord through the interrogations of captured members of the CJNG, who have all described “El Mencho” as a ruthless sociopath, does not tolerate disobedience and likes to be asked for forgiveness by his victims before killing them.

While the Mexican government focused its resources on the other major cartels such as the Sinaloa, Arellano Felix, Knights Templar, Family Michoacán, Beltran Leyva and Los Zetas. ‘El Mencho’ stayed under the radar, increasing his organization’s financial capacity and firepower, which became evident during the present administration of Enrique Pena Nieto.

Last year members of the CJNG conducted a series of guerrilla-style ambush attacks using high caliber weapons and rocket-propelled grenades on Mexican federal police convoys, killing more than 20 officers. The attacks prompted Mexico’s Armed Forces on May 1st, 2015 to launch operations in Guadalajara aimed at capturing Oseguera.

The CJNG responded by launching a counter-offensive, igniting fires to buildings, gas stations, setting up blockades with burning buses and attacking military forces with large caliber weapons, even managing to shoot down a military helicopter using RPG rocket launchers.

The cartel’s rapid ascension along with El Mencho’s propensity for violence along with his brazen willingness to launch guerilla-style attacks on Mexican armed forces has made capturing the drug lord the highest priority for law enforcement agencies in Mexico and the U.S.

“Today he is the greatest crime boss in Mexico, the new face of drug trafficking, and one the government must contend with,” says Tristan Reed, an analyst at Stratfor, a global intelligence firm specializing in security issues.

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