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Significant Blow Dealt to Jalisco New Generation Cartel After Key Leader's Brother Arrested
Reports circulated on December 20th confirmed the arrest of Antonio Oseguera Cervantes “Tony Montana”, brother of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes “El Mencho'' and a lead figure within the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel organization (CJNG). Antonio was arrested through a joint operation by the National Guard, Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), National Center for Intelligence Fusion (CENFI), and the Prosecutor General's Office of Mexico (FGR). Authorities seized seven firearms, two vehicles, and a package reportedly containing cocaine.
The Federal Security Cabinet has placed the states of Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco under “Maximum Alert” after the arrest due to CJNG’s heavy presence in the region. The United States Embassy also issued an alert in the state of Jalisco due to Antonio’s arrest. These alerts are commonly issued in anticipation of the violent backlash criminal groups in Mexico often unleash on communities after arrests of high-ranking members, usually in an attempt to force security forces into releasing detainees or as a message that any actions against the groups will result in severe retaliation.
Cervante’s capture on December 20th came after authorities received information about his potential whereabouts within the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco, a location that allegedly acted as a logistical and support hub for CJNG. At the moment of writing, Antonio has been sent to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation Number 1 “El Altiplano”, in the state of Mexico.
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Born August 10th, 1958, in Aguililla, Michoacan, Antonio Oseguera Cervantes, like his brother Nemesio, has a long criminal history stemming from within both Mexico and the United States. Antonio operated as a principal figure within the organization, providing financial and logistical support by laundering funds CJNG received through illicit activities and then using the funds to acquire firearms and fabricate homemade armored vehicles known as “Monstruos” for CJNG. Reports claim Antonio had been ordered to infiltrate all three levels of the Mexican government in order to obtain critical intelligence that CJNG would use to evade authorities, giving the group a substantial advantage in the narco-conflict.
Seven years before his 2022 arrest, Antonio was captured in the same municipality, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco on December 3rd, 2015. Antonio attempted to evade a police checkpoint and was detained alone with one kilogram of methamphetamine and multiple firearms while assuming a false identity under the name “Joel Mora Garibay”. As a result, Antonio was sent to a prison in Hermosillo, Sonora, under charges of possessing a firearm exclusively for military use and drug possession only to be freed on June 15th, 2016, due to the lack of a judge's signature on court documents. Antonio remained free until his recent capture.
Antonio’s recent arrest follows multiple high-profile arrests of CJNG members, including Nemesio’s wife, Rosalinda González Valencia, a high-ranking financial supporter within the organization, who remains imprisoned in Morelo’s female prison since her arrest for money laundering in 2021. These arrests are part of the Mexican government’s attempt to dismantle and hopefully eliminate CJNG, which has been named one of the most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world by the US Department of Justice.