Drug enforcement agencies in US and Mexico identify Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka ‘El Mencho’ on the streets, has been identified as the most powerful crime figure living today
The 52-year-old former cop turned assassin El Mencho allegedly led a campaign of firebombing and shot down a military helicopter with a rocket launcher
He was named as the world’s most ‘dangerous and powerful cartel boss’ surpassing El Chapo
‘Public enemy number one’ – Earlier this month, DEA and Mexican law enforcement officials met in Chicago to identify El Mencho as perhaps the most dangerous drug lord on the planet
El Mencho allegedly is propped up by thousands of loyal foot soldiers, described as well-trained hitmen armed to the teeth with assault rifles
‘Public enemy number one.’ Ex-Mexican cop turned cartel boss, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka ‘El Mencho’
US and Mexican authorities have declared a former cop turned hired killer as North America’s most wanted cartel boss.
Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as ‘El Mencho’ on the streets, has been identified as the most powerful crime figure living today since Joaquin Guzman ‘El Chapo’ Loera’s arrest in 2016.
Paul Craine, who headed the federal Drug Enforcement Administration squad in Mexico responsible for El Chapo’s capture, has called Cervantes ‘public enemy number one.’
Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes [left], aka ‘El Mencho’ has been identified as the most powerful crime figure operating free since Joaquin Guzman ‘El Chapo’ Loera’s [right] was arrested in 2016. A combined $6.5 million bounty has been placed on his head by the US and Mexico.
Earlier this month, Drug Enforcement Agency and Mexican law enforcement officials met in Chicago to identify Cervantes, 52, as perhaps the most dangerous drug lord on the planet after taking over the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or Jalisco New Generation cartel.
At the conclusion of the Chicago meeting, a joint statement by the neighbouring agencies confirmed that US and Mexican security forces will undertake a series of joint initiatives against El Mencho and his criminal enterprise.
The Jalisco New Generation cartel has overtaken El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel as the dominant underworld force in Mexico, the DEA claimed during the meeting, establishing dozens of drug routes across the US, Europe, and Asia.
Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia, wife of purported Jalisco New Generation Cartel leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, was arrested, [photo], on May 26 in Jalisco, Mexico.
Rosalinda González Valencia, wife of purported Jalisco New Generation Cartel leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes was arrested last May after Mexican authorities accused her of acting as the Jalisco New Generation cartel’s chief accountant.
The detention of Rosalinda González Valencia was part of a string of arrests of financial operators linked to the CJNG, believed to be a signal that authorities are following the group’s money, and it may be leading them closer to El Mencho himself.
Earlier in February Valencia’s brother Abigael, [photo, right], several other members of her immediate family were taken into custody.In January 2016, Gerardo González Valencia was arrested in Uruguay and Elvis González Valencia was arrested in Mexico.
Then, in January 2018, Brazilian authorities arrested yet another González Valencia brother, José, alias “La Chepa.”
The González Valencia family is thought to be at the head of the Cuinis, and the arrests in disparate locations suggest authorities across the region, including in the US, are cooperating to take down the financial arm of the CJNG.
El Chapo’s arrest late in 2016 created a power vacuum where rival drug figures battled it out to claim the incarcerated cartel head’s cocaine kingdom.
The González Valencia family reportedly head the Cuinis cartel
El Chapo was extradited late last year, to the US where his federal trial on murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking is expected to begin in November.
Although the Sinaloa cartel is still functioning, under the leadership of El Chapo’s former partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, a 70-year-old diabetic recluse whose grip on power may be slipping, the organization is a shell of its former self.
‘If you look at El Mayo, most of his family is in jail in the US.’ said Craine. ‘He is increasingly isolated.’
Deadly infighting has thrown the Sinaloa cartel into chaos, leaving El Mencho’s organization to take advantage and surpass the Sinaloa cartel in profits.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was extradited late last year [photo], to the US where his facing federal trial on murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking
Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, is the repute current head of the Sinaloa cartel while El Chapo is incarcerated
And while the Sinaloa cartel struggles to regain its footing in the drug game, El Mencho has been able to produce ‘multi-hundred kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, and traffics in multi-ton quantities of cocaine.’
El Mencho also has thousands of loyal foot soldiers, described as well-trained hitmen armed to the teeth with assault rifles.
‘Unlike the other cartels, they function like a paramilitary organization,’ Craine told The Post. ‘They are like an iron hand taking control of Jalisco, and have set up carjackings and roadblocks to show their power.’
Cervantes has had a long and notorious criminal career. In 2015, he allegedly ordered a large paramilitary attack against Mexican security forces in the state of Jalisco.
The operation led to the firebombing of gas stations and banks. Cartel members also successfully shot down a military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade, killing nine soldiers.
Before taking over the organization, Cervantes was a small-time drug dealer who got a job with the Jalisco state police force in the early 1990s. He later joined the Milenio Cartel and married Rosalinda González Valencia, the sister of a leader inside the group.
Valencia was arrested last May after Mexican authorities accused her of acting as the Jalisco New Generation cartel’s chief accountant.
Mexico’s crackdown on drug cartels, launched 12 years ago, has already led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people with another 30,000 going missing during that time.
‘I have no doubt that El Mencho will be caught, but the violence won’t end until the Mexican government gets serious about strengthening the rule of law and ending corruption,’ Craine said.
A combined $6.5 million bounty has been placed on Cervantes’s head by the US and Mexico.