Death of "El Mencho" was a rumor, says AMLO
At a press conference held this morning in Veracruz, Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied the death of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", leader of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG).
"It was proven that it was a rumor, that what was mentioned did not happen, that this character had been arrested or that he had died (...) Lies all this that is happening; of false news; that is what I can comment on," said the president in response to a specific question from a reporter.
Over the weekend, rumors circulated that "El Mencho" had been killed in a clash with the armed forces, although there was also speculation that he may have died from a kidney problem, which he has been suffering from for some time. Unofficially, the authorities were on alert for possible reprisals from organized crime.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering a $10 million reward to anyone who provides information on the capture of "El Mencho," said to be hiding in the Jalisco mountains since 2019.
El Mencho close to becoming the most powerful capo in the world
The New Generation Jalisco Cartel led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, is about to become the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world, leaving behind the Sinaloa cartel, U.S. government officials said, in addition to its expansion into U.S. territory now includes 35 states and Puerto Rico.
According to a nine-month investigation by The Courier-Journal, also known as the Louisville Courier Journal, the newspaper released statements from various U.S. officials, including the DEA, as well as Mexican authorities, who spoke of the power and danger of the cartel. It was also documented that at least two dozen CJNG "cells" have settled in small U.S. cities to do business and live in these places.
The reporters analyzed court records and transcripts of more than 100 cases linked to the CJNG across the U.S. and spoke with more than 150 federal agents fighting drug-related criminal organizations, police officers, defense attorneys, and prosecutors, as well as relatives of detainees, co-workers and neighbors of the defendants.
After the fall of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, the name of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, 'El Mencho', gained more notoriety, as the leader of Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) is now the most powerful and sought-after drug trafficker in the world, to the point that his organization is responsible for a third of the drugs consumed in the United States.
This information was confirmed by the Drug Enforcement Administration of that country (DEA), an entity that offers 10 million dollars to anyone who helps achieve the capture of 'El Mencho'.
According to figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States is the country with the highest number of deaths from drug abuse, with 52 404 deaths per year. Thus, drugs are the leading cause of death in the nation.
As for 'El Mencho', leader of the CJNG, besides being a man looking for authorities, is also synonymous with respect and fear for its rivals of drug trafficking, for the cruelty and extreme violence with which the organization usually acts. They also displaced historically dominant cartels such as the Sinaloa and Beltrán Leyva cartels.
How El Mencho became the new El Chapo Guzman
"'El Mencho' is very important and will be the next 'Chapo'", predicted Kyle Mori, special agent of the DEA, some years ago, in charge of finding the whereabouts of the capo who is now considered by the authorities to be the most and bloodiest in Mexico for his growing influence in international drug trafficking and for whom a million-dollar reward is offered.
Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias "El Mencho", has kept a low profile for several years so as not to be captured by Mexican or U.S. authorities, where he has already been declared public enemy number one.
The most recent DEA investigations have reported that Oseguera Cervantes is "on a leap of faith" (fleeing from place to place) in the hills and mountains of the states of Michoacán, Jalisco, and Colima, among cabins, camps, and humble houses so as not to attract attention and continue with his prolific criminal business and fugitive from justice.
However, before the New Generation Jalisco Cartel became one of the main targets for U.S. and Mexican authorities, "El Mencho" lived in luxury homes and cabins, managed to establish more than 100 Japanese food restaurants, create real estate, newspapers, shopping malls, even a brand of tequila that he tried to export to Europe.
He also had a ranch where there were exotic animals such as a flare tiger and other endangered species, which was seized by the Mexican government.
In those years, when the number one public enemy for the United States was Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Nemesio Oseguera enjoyed his relative anonymity, could give himself a life of luxury and enjoy one of his favorite pastimes that gave him one of his nicknames: "El señor de los Gallos.
But things have changed since Oseguera Cervantes became the top priority for the United States. The capo had to change his behavior drastically to avoid attracting attention and capture.
Kyle Mori, the official who has been tracking him for eight years, explained in an interview with Univision that the U.S. federal agency saw the New Generation Jalisco Cartel grow rapidly, commanded by "El Mencho", which has been operating for almost a decade in 22 states of the Mexican Republic and continues to expand.
As well as in several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, El Paso, Laredo, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, New York, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago.
U.S. and Mexican authorities have already defined its mode of operation. Oseguera Cervantes does not stay long in one place, it walks among the mountains of the Mexican mountains fleeing from justice, living among cabins and luxury houses, as in very humble houses, even caves.
"I will say this: it is a combination of many things. I don't think I'm in one place for long, or in one type of house. It's a combination of everything you can imagine... It definitely moves constantly," the agent said.
According to DEA intelligence reports, they suggest that "El Mencho" has created its own "Golden Triangle", like the one Joaquín Guzmán Loera had in the highlands of the states of Durango, Sinaloa, and Chihuahua, where in addition to having marijuana crops he hid for many years.
The strategy of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to evade justice is similar, according to agent Mori, only changes the area in which this "Golden Triangle" is located, and is in the mountains of Jalisco, Colima, and Michoacan, where "El Mencho" originates.
"He hides in mountainous areas in Jalisco, Michoacán, and Colima, we believe he is no longer in the cities," said Kyle Mori, the special agent in charge of the team trying to find where the new "Chapo" hides.
There, according to reports, it has an extensive territory where narcotics are planted and there are clandestine laboratories and has important ports such as Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, where chemical precursors enter to make synthetic drugs.
The hills of the Sierra Madre del Sur, as well as those of Occidental, are now the refuge of this mafioso to whom they attribute the escalation of violence in Mexico. His rise in the drug world is linked to the extradition and life sentence of his former boss, 'El Chapo' Guzmán.
Criminals who have defied El Mencho
To become head of Mexico's most powerful cartel, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, "El Mencho," he had to do dirty work and overthrow the heads of different criminal groups in the country.
In the leadership process of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, several enemies were made and former allies who felt betrayed joined the list.
According to intelligence reports from the authorities, "El Mencho" is being attacked on different fronts, but the blows that are weakening him come from his former friends like Carlos Sánchez Martínez, alias "El Cholo," and an ally of the Sinaloa Cartel to fight the CJNG.
The group of enemies is being joined by powerful assassins, among them the capo de capos, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who was designated by the authorities to finance the operations of the criminal organization of the "Cholo" and even to equip it with weapons.
Other hitmen who want to stop the Jalisco New Generation Cartel are the sons of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and the heirs of cartels that lost territories such as Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana and Los Arellano Félix.