Brazil arrests alleged Mexican cartel boss

Brazilian police detained José González Valencia, a leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and brother-in-law of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, head of the CJNG
A Brazilian soldier patrols near the coast – Photo: Gabriel Lordello/EFE
28/12/2017
12:30
Newsroom & Agencies
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On Wednesday, Brazilian police arrested an alleged Mexican drug cartel boss in a blow to one of the most powerful organizations in Mexico’s criminal underworld.

According to the arrest warrant, police detained José González Valencia, 42, a leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and brother-in-law of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho,” head of the CJNG.

José González Valencia was also known as “Chepa,” “Camarón,” or “Santy,” and he was in charge of protecting “El Mencho” and designing attacks against policemen.

Once a little-known gang, the CJNG has grown in recent years to challenge the Sinaloa Cartel of captured kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán for primacy of the drug trade in Mexico.

González Valencia was arrested at a beach resort near the coastal city of Fortaleza and brought to the headquarters of the federal police for the state of Ceará, Brazilian prosecutors said in a statement.

Gonzalez Valencia had been living in neighboring Bolivia for two years after fleeing Mexico and he had entered Brazil as a tourist using a Bolivian passport, in which he identified himself as a Mexican citizen, but with the false name of Jafett Arias Becerra, the statement added.

An official at the state prosecutor’s office in the western Mexican state of Jalisco said González Valencia is the brother of Abigael González Valencia, “El Cuini,” a CJNG leader captured in February 2015.

Jalisco is where the CJNG established itself and serves as a base for much of its operations.

The Jalisco official said González Valencia was due to be extradited straight to the United States from Brazil.

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