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Authorities capture wife of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord “El Mencho”

May 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Authorities capture wife of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord “El Mencho”

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Authorities in Mexico have activated a code red across the country following the capture of the wife of Nemesio Oseguera, better known as “El Mencho” considered the world’s most wanted drug lord.

Mexican security officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told Reuters Sunday that Rosalinda Garcia was arrested during an operation in Zapopan, Jalisco but refused to provide any further details including the charges resulting in her arrest.

Garcia is the wife of “El Mencho,” the leader of the Jalisco New Generation or CJNG, who became the most wanted drug lord on both sides of the border following the capture and subsequent extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to Brooklyn where he is awaiting trial for running a transnational criminal organization.

According to Proceso, Gonzalez Valencia was immediately transferred by helicopter from Puerta Vallarta to a highly secured location.

Following the operation, government officials placed military forces on high alert due to the possibility of a violent backlash from the CJNG, which has been responsible for several deadly attacks on military forces in recent years.

Oseguera and his rapidly expanding CJNG have been largely blamed for the escalation of drug-related violence in Mexico and rising heroin shipments to the United States.

The group now challenge “El Chapo’s” Sinaloa Cartel and other rival crime syndicates across Mexico for control of lucrative drug trafficking corridors into the United States, which security experts say has been the main contributing factor for the surge in the nation’s homicide rate to the highest levels in 20 years.

In March, the top U.S. Drug Enforcement official in Chicago designated “El Mencho” as the new public enemy No. 1 and blamed his gang for using “extreme violence” to expand their share of the heroin trade.

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