Brother-in-law of ‘El Mencho’ pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in the United States

González Valencia’s criminal career ended in 2017 when he was arrested in Brazil.

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José González Valencia, alias “El Chepa”was an important member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), in addition to being the brother-in-law of the top leader of the organization, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”.

However, González Valencia’s criminal career ended in 2017 when he was arrested in Brazil and later extradited to the United States in November 2021.

Now, a year later, “El Chepa” pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine on US soil, as revealed by the Department of Justice, after celebrating that the drug trafficker and leader of the criminal cell known as “The Cuins” pleaded guilty in a federal court in the District of Columbia.

“According to court documents, between 2006 and October 2016, González Valencia was the leader of Los Cuinis, an international drug trafficking organization responsible for importing large amounts of cocaine from Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, and more into the United States.” , reads the statement.

According to the US government, Los Cuinis are closely linked to the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel in Mexico, and both groups form one of the “largest, most dangerous and most prolific drug trafficking organizations in Mexico.”

By pleading guilty, the 47-year-old detainee could avoid a life sentence, but it would not save him from a long prison sentence. The sentencing hearing will be held on April 7, 2023.

“El Chepa” was arrested in December 2017 by the Brazilian police in Fortaleza, in the northeast of the country, and at the time of his capture he was on vacation with his family and was carrying an identity card issued by Bolivia in the name of Jaffet Arias Becerra .

According to the DEA, which was offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture, González Valencia commanded the operations and payments of the CJNG from the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Boliviawhere he fled from Mexican authorities after his brother Abigael was arrested in 2015.

Also, He was in charge of the security of “El Mencho”, the most wanted drug trafficker in Mexico since the arrest of “Chapo”. Despite the fact that his work in the CJNG was mainly financial, he is also accused of being the mastermind of a series of homicides, including state agents.

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