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Mexico captures “El Señorón”, a suspected leader of the powerful Jalisco cartel accused of murdering three doctors

Mexican authorities have captured a suspected leader of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Navy and Morelo state prosecutors said Saturday.

Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, known as “El Señorón” or “XL” or “Frank”, was arrested on Friday in the tourist town of Mazatlan, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, in an operation carried out by naval agents.

The Justice Department considers the Jalisco cartel to be “one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world.”

Rodriguez Hernandez, who allegedly heads the CJNG in the central state of Morelos, is wanted for aggravated homicide, including the killings of three doctors in April 2020, according to the Morelos Attorney General’s Office.

“In addition to the above, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez is wanted for the crime of criminal association and is one of the main generators of violence in the state of Morelos,” it added in a statement, referring to the state next door to the capital Mexico. Town.

“El Señorón” is also accused, according to the Navy, of controlling several laboratories for the production of synthetic drugs.

Last July, authorities offered a reward of $ 25,000 for information leading to his arrest.

The head of CJNG, Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguerais one of the most wanted drug lords in the world, with the US Drug Enforcement Administration offering $ 10 million for his arrest.

“He is the number one priority for the DEA and frankly for federal law enforcement in the United States,” DEA agent Matthew Donahue told CBS News in 2019.

CJNG emerged in 2010 after the death of the regional leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest criminal group.

Mexico has been caught in a spiral of cartel-related violence that has left more than 340,000 dead since 2006, when the government launched a controversial anti-drug operation with federal troops. Last week, authorities said suspected drug cartel-armed men abducted two free female soldiers with weapons for several hours.

Last month, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed it Mexico had dissolved a special unit trained by US authorities to fight drug cartels because it was infiltrated by criminals.

In March, Lopez Obrador accused popular TV shows of glamorizing the violent drug trade. He criticized TV series on platforms like Netflix and said they presented a rosy version of the drug smugglers’ lifestyle.

He told reporters that the shows contained “gangs of drug smugglers, with actors, men, beautiful women, property, the latest cars, jewelry, designer clothes, power.”

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