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New DEA chief declares top Mexican cartel boss “El Mencho” as Chicago’s New Public Enemy No. 1

March 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
New DEA chief declares top Mexican cartel boss “El Mencho” as Chicago’s New Public Enemy No. 1

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Chicago’s new top Drug Enforcement official has officially declared the infamous Mexican drug lord known as “El Mencho” as the city’s new public enemy No. 1.

For two decades, Brian McKnight, Chicago’s incoming DEA Special Agent in Charge, worked as a federal drug agent in Miami and New York and helped secure the takedown of top South American and Mexican drug traffickers.

Now as the DEA’s new point man, McKnight is targeting the leader of Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, which is considered to be Mexico’s most ruthless criminal organization.

In an interview with ABC7, McKnight declared Reuben Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho,” as Chicago’s new “most wanted” criminal.

Osgeura Cervantes assumed the mantle as Chicago’s public enemy No. 1 following the 2016 capture of top Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

“El Chapo’s” Sinaloa cartel for decades held dominion over Chicago’s drug trade, controlling 80 percent of street narcotics.

However, according to McKnight, the New Generation Cartel in recent years has wrestled a substantial portion of Chicago’s illicit drug trade away from the Sinaloa Cartel.

McKnight says the money trail has now led DEA investigators to the CJNG as the new player in Chicago’s drug trade.

“What we are now seeing is the New Generation Cartel, a very violent cartel led by Reuben Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, he is the man we would consider public enemy no.1,” McKnight said.

Although McKnight told the station it was too early to ascertain how much turf the Sinaloa Cartel has ceded to the CJNG, DEA investigators believe that an arrangement was reached between the two criminal organizations to avoid a hostile take over and possible bloodshed.

The top official described “El Mencho” as a cold-blooded, murdering, billionaire drug lord who is feared throughout Mexico.

At one time, the CJNG worked as an enforcer for the Sinaloa Cartel.

However, DEA investigators say that in 2010, the group splintered from their Sinaloa brethren and has since rapidly expanded across six continents.

“He is the next ‘Chapo’ Guzman, (El Mencho) is a powerful drug trafficker in Mexico. His group has cells all over the world and throughout Chicago land.”

The group has now established Chicago as a stronghold.

The alarming ascension of the CJNG has also correlated with the escalating violence engulfing Mexico, which saw a record rate of homicides in 2017.

“El Mencho” who already remains at the top of the DEA’s most wanted list of fugitives, is under indictment in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

Oseguera Cervantes is believed to be directing his cartel operations from a mountain hideout in Mexico.

McKnight also touched on Chicago’s disturbing increase in opioid-related overdose deaths, a burgeoning organized marijuana import business, and utilizing the death penalty as punishment for some drug traffickers.

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