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The DOJ strikes a massive blow to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Texas (PHOTOS)

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CJNG in Texas (Photo: Department of Justice)
  • The DOJ targets the CJNG in Texas.
  • Federal authorities announced several arrests.
  • El Mencho’s group operated in Galveston and Houston.

The United States Department of Justice arrested several members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).

Alamdar S. Hamdani, federal prosecutor for the Southern District in Texas, revealed that Roque Zamudio Mendoza is accused of transporting drugs from Mexico to Texas.

“The Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel… is already here in Houston,” Alamdar S. Hamdani said during the press conference announcing the drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

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Several members of a CJNG cell in Texas are arrested

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Alamdar S. Hamdani, federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Texas (center) / PHOTO: U.S. Department of Justice

The Justice Department’s indictment against the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) names 41 people related to the case.

«From the neighborhoods of Jalisco and Michoacán, the CJNG has a dark shadow that extends far beyond the borders of a single country,» said Hamdani.

U.S. Marshals and DEA agents also worked with the DOJ on this case.

Officers from the Houston Police Department (HPD) and the Galveston Police Department (GPD) also participated in the bust.

Drug shipments arrived first in Houston and Galveston

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PHOTO: US Marshals

«CJNG is known as one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in Mexico, characterized by a business model that involves extreme violence and trafficking in the most deadly of substances,» said Alamdar S. Hamdani.

The Justice Department investigation, which lasted several months, revealed the Houston group’s links to Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Louisiana.

In the last week of March 2024, the Department of Justice with the DEA, HPD, U.S. Marshals and GPD made 20 arrests of CJNG members in Texas.

The other people mentioned in the indictment are considered fugitives by federal authorities, although three of them have already died.

Roque Zamudio Mendoza is in charge of the ‘market’ in Texas

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Roque Zamudio Mendoza / PHOTO: US Department of Justice

The announcement by the Department of Justice of the presence of the CJNG in Houston, Texas is a revelation on the drug trafficking map.

For several decades first the Gulf Cartel, and then the Northeast Cartel controlled the drug supply in Space City.

Justice Department authorities did not explain how long the CJNG has had been operating in Houston, nor how they discovered it.

Roque Zamudio Mendoza, 52, is the person in charge of delivering CJNG drug shipments from Mexico to Galveston and Houston.

Authorities seized cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine

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PHOTO: US Marshals

According to the Department of Justice, Roque Zamudio Mendoza is now a fugitive in Mexico and protected by his CJNG associates.

The group commanded by Roque Zamudio Mendoza is responsible for laundering the $10 million of drug money.

Authorities did not reveal the names of the people arrested in the last week of March in Texas, nor their role in drug distribution.

They seized 550 kilos of methamphetamine, 249 kilos of cocaine, 34 kilos of heroin and 22,600 pills injected with methamphetamine from the CJNG group in Texas.

Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, or El Mencho, is the leader of the CJNG

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Poster with the reward to capture Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes / PHOTO: Drug Control Administration.

The CJNG was founded in Guadalajara by Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, in 2009 after he split from the Milenio Cartel.

The DEA is offering $10 million to anyone who gives them the reliable lead that leads to El Mencho’s arrest.

The Department of Justice in Texas did not detail the link between Roque Zamudio Mendoza and Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that in the U.S., drug overdoses kill an average of 52,000 people per year.

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