The leader of an ultra-violent Mexican cartel is pushing to become the country’s new El Chapo and his bloodied rise in power has left the country terrified.
Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as El Mencho, is the leader of the feared Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).
From mass police killings to torturing and murdering countless women and children, the group’s sickening tactics have seen them become one of the most feared cartels in Mexico.
DEA special agent, Kyle Mori, who has been apart of the years long investigation to capture El Mencho, said the group’s tactics are some of the most horrifying they have ever seen.
“They are very violent. Decapitations, dissolving bodies in acid, public executions, ripping out the heart, killing women and children, bombings against people. It happens almost every day,” Mr Mori told Univision .
“El Chapo was violent, but El Mencho has taken it to a new level.”
KILLINGS ON THE RISE
Earlier this week the CJNG took responsibility for ambushing a group of Mexican police, killing 13 officers.
Five police vehicles were travelling through Michoacán, in western Mexico, when at least 30 gunmen opened fire on the convoy.
The following day there was a second mass killing after a gunfight broke out between security forces and armed civilians in the neighbouring state of Guerrero.
One soldier and 14 civilians died as a result of the violent clash.
In September 44 bodies, the majority belonging to women, were pulled from a well in Jalisco state, where El Mencho and his group are known to have a strong presence.
The horrific discovery was made after locals started complaining of a foul smell.
The well was dug up and 119 black bags filled with body parts were uncovered.
Official state figures have revealed just under 90 women have been murdered since August in Mexico, with multiple victims pregnant at the time of their deaths.
The majority of the killings took place in areas that are controlled by the CJNG.
In August, police found 19 bodies in the town of Uruapan, including nine hung from a bridge.
It isn’t unusual for stories of torture and murder to come from these drug cartels, but in the past that kind of violence was usually reserved for enemies of the cartels and innocent civilians were generally left alone.
But as the bloodshed continues to rise it seems an increasing number of innocent people are being slaughtered in exchange for power.
EL MENCHO ‘MORE CAREFUL’ THAN EL CHAPO
El Mencho and his cartel are believed to be behind one third of the drugs entering the US, according to authorities.
He currently has a $10 million bounty on his head and is one of the world’s most wanted criminals.
The CJNG is believed to have more than 5000 members, not including independent distributers, gangs affiliated with the cartel and corrupt police officers who are on their payroll.
“Combine all those things and they almost create a super cartel,” Mori said.
“In my opinion, the JNGC is moving more drugs toward the United States, is responsible for more violence in Mexico and is moving a larger volume of money than the Sinaloa Cartel”.
The infamous Sinaloa cartel was formerly run by El Chapo and has been regarded of one of the post powerful drug cartels in Mexico for years.
Unlike El Chapo, El Mencho avoids the cities, preferring to hide out in mountainous areas and making it extremely difficult for authorities to track him.
“You’ve heard the stories of El Chapo going into a restaurant. They take away the phones of everyone there, pay the bills for everyone and then disappear in Culiacan,” Mori said.
“El Mencho will not do that. He doesn’t mind living in the mountains like a rancher. That makes it complicated to capture him.
“Where was ‘El Chapo’ captured? Always in cities. ‘El Mencho’ wouldn’t do that.”
EL CHAPO’S SON FOUND BY AUTHORITIES
It seems that one more of El Mencho’s drug cartel competitors may be out of the race after security forces located one of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons who is wanted in the US on drug trafficking charges.
An intense gunfight broke out in Mexico’s Sinaloa state on Thursday between members of the National Guard and the Sinaloa drug cartel, after patrolling authorities were fired on from a house.
They repelled the attack and inside the house found Ovidio Guzman Lopez, El Chapo’s son who is believed to be in his 20s.
El Chapo is the former head of the Sinaloa cartel and Ovidio Guzman is believed to have played a trial role in the group following his father’s arrest.
After authorities located Ovidio Guzman the house became surrounded by heavily armed gunmen.
Mexican security secretary Alfonso Durazo told the media that the authorities decided to suspend the operation due to the attackers have a “greater force”.
He did not say if Ovidio Guzman was arrested or went free.
“With the goal of safeguarding the wellbeing and tranquillity of Culiacan society, officials in the security cabinet decided to suspend the actions,” said Durazo.
Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza, a lawyer for “El Chapo’s” family, told The Associated Press that Guzman’s family had told him “Ovidio is alive and free” but that he had no more details about what had happened.