A federal jury accused this Tuesday (01.24.2023) of cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking Antonio Oseguera Cervantes, brother of “El Mencho”, the boss of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), reported the United States Department of Justice.
Antonio Oseguera, 64, is accused “of conspiring to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine to be imported into the United States” from January 1998 to December 2022, it said in a statement, in the citing official documents.
The federal grand jury for the District of Columbia also charges him “with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense” from January 2000 to December 2022, it adds.
If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Nicknamed “Tony Montana”, name of the character played by Al Pacino in the film “Caracortada” (The Price of Power in Spain), Antonio Oseguera was arrested at the end of December in the Mexican municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga (Jalisco state, west ).
He is the brother of the Mexican drug trafficker Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho”, for whom Washington is offering a reward of 10 million dollars, according to the US drug agency (DEA).
The CJNG, based in the state of Jalisco, is together with the Sinaloa cartel one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico.
The DEA is in charge of the case.
The United States authorities consider the CJNG responsible for trafficking large amounts of drugs to introduce them into the country and for using violence to achieve their ends.
The DEA office in Los Angeles is in charge of the case.
“El Mencho”, whose wife has been in prison since November 2021, has four other brothers.
In February 2020, his son Rubén Oseguera González, “El Menchito”, was extradited to the United States where he was accused of drug trafficking.
The Oseguera brothers’ organization was created in 2007 as a group of hit men at the service of the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States.
Around 2010, the CJNG became independent and is now in dispute with its former allies for various territories for drug smuggling.
This criminal group has distinguished itself by attacking high-ranking Mexican officials.
According to official figures, Mexico has registered more than 340,000 murders, the majority attributed to criminal organizations, since the launch of a controversial military anti-drug offensive in December 2006.
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