- El Mencho heads the CJNG cartel.
- He once worked for the Sinaloa Cartel.
- The CJNG and Sinaloa Cartels are the biggest in Mexico.
Mexican drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as El Mencho, has reportedly sent out a hit squad to assassinate drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s sons. The leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is said to have handed the task to a group of trained assassins, dubbed Los 28.
The autonomous unit is comprised of hitman that are trained in military and law enforcement tactics. The men work as hired guns for Mexican cartels and regularly pursue high-value targets in Mexico. El Chapo’s sons have become exceedingly powerful over the years. As such, they pose a significant risk to rival cartels, including the CJNG. It is likely that they have become an impediment to the cartel’s growth.
According to Robert Almonte, a cartel expert who recently spoke to the Daily Star Online, “it’s no secret that El Mencho doesn’t like the Sinaloa Cartel and is going after them. I think it’s just El Mencho trying to take complete control of all the drug trafficking and criminal activity going out of Mexico.”
The sons have intensified violent attacks against rival organizations in recent years, and have, in some instances, pushed the Mexican government to the wall. In October last year, the cartel forced Mexican authorities to release Ovidio Guzman, one of the cartel bosses. This is after a police contingent launched an operation to capture him in Culiacan.
Cartel gunmen with heavy artillery and armored vehicles were called in from across Sinaloa and neighboring states to put up roadblocks and prevent the authorities from getting reinforcements. The situation caused the government to capitulate and release Ovidio.
The Sinaloa and CJNG cartels share a history that dates back to the early 2000s. Its leader, El Mencho, once worked as a hitman for El Chapo’s organization as an enforcer. His group, the Milenio Cartel, provided security for the Sinaloa Cartel in Jalisco under Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel.
Nacho was killed during a shootout with the Mexican military in 2009. His death caused internal wrangles within the Milenio cartel. It split into two groups. El Mencho headed the Los Torcidos faction which, later on, changed its name to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel after scaling operations.
There have been a few hair-raising moments between the Sinaloa and CJNG cartels since then. In August 2016, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán, one of El Chapo’s sons was abducted by CJNG hitmen while partying in Jalisco alongside five other men. He was released a few days later.
An intervention by Sinaloa Cartel leader, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and top Mexican top army generals is believed to have led to his release. The Sinaloa Cartel reportedly ceded crucial drug trafficking zones to El Mencho in order to secure his release.