22 Oct 2018
The United States has doubled its offer of a reward for information leading to the arrest of El Mencho, the alleged leader of Mexico’s notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion – CJNG).
The US is now prepared to pay out $10 million, up from the $5 million offered earlier this year. In Mexico, Mencho (Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes) has reportedly become the most wanted drug lord.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) considers CJNG to be one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organisations in the world.
The cartel is accused of dealing in drugs in the US and laundering over $100 million. According to the DoJ, it is responsible for trafficking tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced heroin into the US, as well as for violence and a significant loss of life in Mexico.
“The [U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration] estimates the CJNG exerts influence in 23 of 31 (75 percent) of Mexican states, including key drug production and transportation corridors. CJNG is a powerful drug cartel in Mexico as a result of the organization’s disciplined command and control, sophisticated money laundering techniques, efficient drug transportation routes, and extreme violence,” the DoJ said.
“The cartel has also expanded globally, with significant presence and illicit business not only throughout the United States and Mexico, but also Europe, Asia, and Australia.”
The DoJ published several indictments of individuals suspected of having links to the CJNG. Authorities are looking to crackdown on the dirty cash flows stemming from its activities.
“Treasury has strategically targeted leaders of CJNG and the Cuinis organizations, as well as complicit family members, criminal operatives, and businesses under their control,” said Andrea Gacki, director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control
“Our goal is to disrupt the cartels’ finances, which are overwhelmingly generated from drug sales that occur in the United States, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system.”
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