On the hunt for the new El Chapo, El Mencho.
LOS ANGELES – The meth addiction epidemic gripping the homeless community on the streets of Los Angeles is being fueled by Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and is being enabled by California’s Prop 47, the DEA said.
“CJNG, probably the most prolific cartel in Mexico right now as far as perpetrating violence and trafficking and drugs, is a huge influence on those of us in California,” said Bill Bodner, Special Agent in Charge of DEA Los Angeles. “They’re pushing the drugs that are coming into the community here. They’re responsible for part of the homelessness.”
Bodner is the top dog at DEA LA, responsible for overseeing operations at 14 different DEA offices and capturing CJNG’s leader — his office’s number one priority. The leader’s name is Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho”, and the DEA has a $10 million reward for any information that leads to his arrest.
El Mencho has filled the void left behind after the capture of El Chapo, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
Bodner said, “To some extent, I feel El Chapo was a little bit overrated. Mencho is probably worse because he’s more professional and focused on business, and he’s more focused on disciplined business.” The results of that business are horrifying. In 2011, CJNG slaughtered 35 members of the rival Zeta cartel and dumped their bodies on a highway during rush hour.
In 2015, CJNG shot down a Mexican Army helicopter, killing 9 on board. Last October, CJNG killed 13 police officers in another ambush.