The United States government has doubled the reward being offered for the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
The attorney general announced yesterday that the State Department would pay up to US $10 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho.”
It is one of the highest rewards offered by the department’s Narcotics Rewards Program.
Mexico has offered a 30-million-peso reward (US $1.6 million) for Oseguera.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a news conference that the CJNG is “one of the five most dangerous criminal organizations on the face of the earth,” delivering at least four and a half tonnes of cocaine and an equal amount of methamphetamine to the U.S. every month.
Rewards of $5 million are being offered for information about other high-ranking cartel members.
U.S. officials also announced it had unsealed 15 indictments against cartel members accused of conspiring to import drugs into the U.S. and laundering more than $100 million.
“More investigations are ongoing and I expect that there will be many more indictments. We will be relentless against this organization and their affiliates,” Sessions told reporters.
“They are in our crosshairs. This cartel is a top priority.”