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Mexican Charged With Alleged International Cocaine and Methamphetamine Trafficking

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Antonio Oseguera Cervantes, aka Tony Montana, a Mexican national, with international cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, officials stated.

According to court documents, Oseguera Cervantes, 64, of Michoacan, is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine for importation into the United States and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Cervantes is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) operates in Mexico City and 27 states, and is the dominant criminal organization in six states, according to a report by the United States Congressional Research Service (CRS).

According to court documents, Oseguera Cervantes is the brother of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka Mencho, who is the leader of Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).

CJNG, based in the State of Jalisco in Mexico, is one of the largest, most dangerous, and prolific drug cartels in Mexico.

 

CJNG is responsible for trafficking significant quantities of illegal drugs into the United States for profit and employing violence to further its objectives.

Antonio Oseguera Cervantes, brother of cartel boss ‘El Mencho’, is third member of family to be arrested by Mexican authorities.

Armed and masked Mexican soldiers.
The Mexican military was deployed to Tijuana, Mexico, on 13 August 2022 in response to violence attributed to the Jalisco New Generation cartel. Photograph: Joebeth Terríquez/EPA

Oseguera Cervantes is charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine for importation into the United States from January 1998 until December 2022, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense from January 2000 until December 2022.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

The DEA Los Angeles Field Office is investigating the case.

Trial Attorneys Kate Naseef and Nhan Nguyen and Acting Assistant Deputy Chief Kaitlin Sahni of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section are prosecuting the case.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation.

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