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Top leader of Jalisco New Generation Cartel wanted by U.S. authorities arrested in Brazil

December 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Top leader of Jalisco New Generation Cartel wanted by U.S. authorities arrested in Brazil

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Authorities detained Jose Gonzalez Valencia, a top leader of Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG at a beach resort in Northwestern Brazil.

Brazil’s Federal Police announced the arrest of the 42-year-old drug lord also known as “El Chepa” in the resort city of Fortaleza, according to Reuters.

U.S and Mexican authorities identify Gonzalez Valencia as one of the senior figures within the CJNG leadership structure.

He was detained in compliance with an arrest warrant with the intention of fulfilling an extradition request submitted by the United States government, Mexico’s Radio Formula reported.

In a statement, the Mexican Attorney General indicated that Gonzalez-Valencia would immediately be extradited to the U.S. to stand trial for a drug trafficking indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Authorities said “El Chepa” fled Mexico and had been living in Bolivia for the past two years.

Brazilian Police detected the presence of the CJNG boss after he used a Bolivian passport to enter the South American country as a tourist on December 22nd.

According to local press reports, Gonzalez Valencia was spending the Christmas holidays with his family at a rented luxury beach house.
Authorities said Gonzalez Valencia presented officers with a Bolivian ID card issued under a falsified name.

“El Chepa’s” is the brother of Abigael Gonzalez Valencia alias “El Cuini” a top CJNG leader who was arrested in 2015.

Abigael Gonzalez Valencia co-founded the Jalisco New Generation Cartel with his brother-in-law Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes also known as “El Mencho.”

Both men are named in the same indictment with Jose Gonzalez Valencia charging them with conspiracy to import cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.

Additionally, a 2016 DEA report identified Abigael Gonzalez Valencia as one of the richest drug traffickers in the world.

Mexican authorities say  Jose Gonzalez Valencia assumed the operational command of the cartel after his brother’s arrest.

He was also responsible for the security of “El Mencho” and was behind several deadly attacks carried out against state and federal police forces in Jalisco, El Financiero reported.

The ultra-violent CJNG initially formed in the Jalisco state as an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel to combat arch-rivals Los Zetas.

The CJNG splintered from the Sinaloa Cartel in 2010 to form their own independent criminal group.

The criminal syndicate has since grown exponentially in power and now challenges the Sinaloa Cartel for supremacy over the Mexican drug trade.

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