Billionaire Cartel Leader El Mencho’s Brother-In-Law Extradited To US

Gerardo González Valencia, alleged member of Mexican drugs cartel Los Cuinis was extradited to the United States by Uruguay for conspiracy to distribute narcotics for import into the United States. Valencia, which is also known by the nicknames Lalo and Flaco, is said to be a powerful cartel leader, but it also has a strong connection to an even bigger piece of the international drug chain: Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, the billionaire leader of the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación and better known to the public as El Mencho.

Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación and Los Cuinis are said to be closely linked, the latter being led by the brothers of Mencho’s wife, Rosalinda, including Valencia.

Authorities say Valencia recently flew to Washington, DC, where he is currently detained and awaiting trial, just over four years after his arrest in Uruguay in April 2016.

As Uttam Dhillon, Acting Head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in a press release:

“Mr. Gonzalez Valencia is said to have distributed significant quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine and is now to be brought to justice in the United States.”

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Two of the Valence brothers were also arrested for alleged drug trafficking and money laundering activities in 2015 and 2017. As for Valence, its American indictment indicates that its smuggling operation flourished between 2003 and 2016, when he was arrested by the Uruguayan authorities on suspicion of buying property in order to conceal the income from drug trafficking.

Authorities may try to pressure Valencia to seek information on the whereabouts of El Mencho, who currently has a $ 10 million reward from US officials hanging over his head. It is double the price of October 2018, when the United States reaffirmed its intention to capture El Mencho and announced their charges against Valencia.

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