Accused Brother of Mexican Drug Cartel Leader Faces US Drug Trafficking Charges

Brother of Mexican Drug Trafficker “El Mencho” Accused of Drug Trafficking in the United States

The United States Department of Justice reported this Tuesday 01.24.2023 that Antonio Oseguera Cervantes, brother of the Mexican drug trafficker Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho” was accused by a federal jury of cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking.

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 US” between 1998 and 2022, according to a statement released by the US Department of Justice.

The federal grand jury in the District of Columbia also charges him “with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense” from 2000 to 2022. If found guilty, Oseguera faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Nicknamed “Tony Montana”, the same name of the character played by Al Pacino in the film “Caracortada” (The Price of Power in Spain), Antonio Oseguera was arrested in December in the Mexican municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga (Jalisco state, west).

Washington is offering a reward of 10 million dollars for “El Mencho”, the leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG). This criminal group is deemed responsible for trafficking drugs in massive amounts and using violence to achieve their ends.

The Oseguera brothers’ organization began in 2007 as a group of hit men for the Sinaloa cartel which was led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán before he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States.

The DEA office in Los Angeles is in charge of the Antonio Oseguera case. Mexico has registered more than 340,000 murders the majority attributed to criminal organizations since a controversial anti-drug military offensive in December 2006.

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