The DEA hit the jackpot after a six-month probe into a Mexican drug cartel. They were investigating Mexico’s violent Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG). The Department of Justice (DoJ) announced more than 750 arrests of the cartel members in nearest time.
CJNG is one of the most powerful and dangerous cartels in Mexico. They are known for brutal kidnappings and murders in the country. The DEA led the operation, called “Project Python.” It’s the most massive U.S. operation to take down the notorious Cartel to date.
Officials said, DEA agents seized over 20 kilograms of drugs and 20 000 000 dollars in cash. These were from the Cartel’s major hubs. Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta were among these. Officials added that the DEA is operating on the Southwest border as well.
“CJNG has contributed to a catastrophic trail of human and physical destruction in Mexico.” That was Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczowski. “CJNG is the most well-armed Cartel in Mexico. Its members confront rival cartels and even security forces of the Mexican government. CJNG is responsible for horrible acts of violence and loss of life.”
CJNG also traffics tons of cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl-laced heroin into the U.S.
Uttam Dhillon, DEA’s Acting Administrator, issued a statement. They hope to hinder CJNG’s ability to regenerate and continue to threaten U.S. communities. They wish to stop their deadly presence by removing their mid- and high-level members.
“They are one of the most prolific drug traffickers, trafficking organizations in the world,” he added. “They have over 100 methamphetamine labs in Mexico. This country is being flooded with methamphetamine.”
Dhillon called these arrests the first phase on “Project Python”. And that intel collected from the arrests will help this “relentless” attack on the Cartel.
The DEA also charged Cartel’s boss Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes aka “El Mencho”. Charges were conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in the U.S.
He is one of the most-wanted fugitives by law enforcement authorities. They have promised a $10-million reward for anyone who provides information leading to his arrest.