US dismantles CJNG network in Texas, arrests 23

US dismantles CJNG network in Texas, arrests 23


Washington DC.- The United States announced the dismantling of an extensive drug trafficking network of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) established in Houston, Texas after a 5-year investigation that concluded this week with the arrest of 23 people and the seizure of hundreds of kilos of various drugs.

According to an announcement from the US Department of Justice, the CJNG network was allegedly under the command of Roque Zamudio Mendoza, who is believed to remain a fugitive in Mexico, and distributed drugs trafficked from Mexico to the States of Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, Illinois, Florida and Tennessee.

Under the coordination of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the investigation included the filing of criminal charges against a total of 41 individuals – including the 23 arrested – for conspiring to traffic various quantities of cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamines.

“The DEA will continue to target and defeat U.S. cartel distributors, like Zamudio Mendoza’s organization, who fuel drug overdoses and violent crimes in our communities,” said DEA Director Anne Milgram, commenting on the arrests made on Monday.

Presented before the Federal Court of the Southern District of Texas, the criminal accusation against the Zamudio Mendoza network ensures that the authorities managed to seize 249 kilograms of cocaine, 22,600 fentanyl pills, 34 kilograms of heroin, 55 kilograms of methamphetamines and 5 kilos of pentobarbital.

According to the charges, US authorities also seized 9 firearms, various Rolex luxury watches and $190,000 in cash; During the trial, prosecutors will seek to confiscate around $10 million in illicit profits from Zamudio Mendoza’s network.

“The 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 of the most deadly substances,” said Alamdar S. Hamdani, Department of Justice Prosecutor for the Southern District of Texas.

The White House presumed the accusation against the 41 alleged members of the CJNG as a sample of collaboration with the Mexican authorities to attack one of the main drug trafficking groups in addition to highlighting previous efforts against the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel.


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