US Accuses Brother of Mexican Cartel Leader for Drug Trafficking

Tony Montana Brother Of El Mencho Charged With Drug Trafficking By US Jury

The United States Department of Justice revealed on Tuesday (01.24.2023) that a federal jury charged Antonio Oseguera Cervantes – brother of Mexican drug trafficker Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as “El Mencho”, the boss of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) – with cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking.

Antonio Oseguera, 64, nicknamed “Tony Montana”, 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.

Furthermore, the federal grand jury in the District of Columbia also charged him “with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense” from January 2000 to December 2022. If found guilty, Antonio Oseguera might face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

He was arrested at the end of December in the Mexican municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga (Jalisco state, west). Washington is offering a reward of 10 million dollars for the capture of “El Mencho” – the DEA office in Los Angeles is in charge of the case – and he is considered by the US authorities to be responsible for trafficking drugs and deploying violence to achieve their ends.

The CJNG was created in 2007 as a group of hit men employed by Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and set itself apart as an independent organisation in 2010. Since the launch of a controversial anti-drug military offensive in December 2006, Mexico has registered more than 340,000 murders, most of them attributed to criminal organisations.

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