Wife of cartel leader ‘El Mencho’ arrested in Mexico | Mexico

The Mexican military has arrested the wife of Mexican drug lord “El Mencho”, leader of the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG).

Rosalinda González Valencia was detained in Zapopan municipality in the western state of Jalisco in a “significant blow to the financial structure of organized crime in the state,” the defense ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

González was detained for various crimes, and the evidence points to her involvement in “the illegal economic operation of an organized criminal group,” the ministry added.

Her husband, whose real name is Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, is a former police officer who became the leader of one of the two most powerful criminal groups in Mexico.

Oseguera, which received a $ 10 million bounty placed by the US authorities in 2018, is in control of CJNG’s emergence as a criminal empire spanning five continents and is one of the few long-term cartel leaders to evade capture.

The Jalisco cartel is without a doubt Mexico’s most powerful and violent. It gained its reputation with cheeky attacks on the country’s security forces, including an assassination attempt on Mexico City’s police chief last year that wounded him and left three people dead. In 2015, cartel-armed men shot down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.

CJNG has been accused of smuggling huge amounts of drugs, including the synthetic opioid fentanyl, into the United States, where overdose deaths, mostly associated with fentanyl, rose to more than 93,000 by 2020, U.S. data shows.

The organization is embroiled in a fierce battle over territory and smuggling routes with the Sinaloa cartel, formerly led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and armed men from the two rival groups often clash in hotspots across the country.

González was previously arrested in May 2018, but was released on bail a few months later.

Oseguera’s daughter, Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, was arrested in February 2020 and pleaded guilty in May last year to a US court for conducting financial transactions with Mexican companies identified as drug smugglers.

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