El Mencho: this is how he became the new "Chapo" Guzmán
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" and the power of the CJNG
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.