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Mexican cartel leader El Señorón arrested in connection with triple murder

Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, who went under many aliases, including 'XL' and 'Frank' allegedly oversaw the operations of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Morelos.
Clodagh Meaney

Mexican cartel leader El Señorón has finally been detained in connection with a triple murder.

Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, who went under many aliases, including 'XL' and 'Frank' allegedly oversaw the operations of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Morelos.

He was arrested and taken into custody by the Mexican navy in the city of Mazatlán on Friday after intelligence gathered by federal and state law enforcement led to his arrest.

“[Rodríguez] is one of the main generators of violence in the state of Morelos with different activities in the metropolitan area and south of the entity,”' the Morelos Attorney General's Office said.

The gangster, who has been on the run for over two years, was wanted in connection with the aggravated murder of three doctors; Oscar Emeterio, Luis Vidaña, and Gerardo Urquiza.

The three men were shot to death in Puente de Ixtla on April 12th 2020.

Two other suspects connected to the killings were arrested in June 2020.

‘El Señorón’ is also accused of extortion and involvement in organised crime.

A reward of $25,000 for information leading to his arrest was offered in July 2021.

The U.S Department of Justice are offering a $10 million reward for the arrest of his boss, Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera.

Their cartel, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, has a presence in 11 US states including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and 23 states throughout Mexico, as well as Mexico City.

The gang are involved in the manufacturing and distribution of large amounts of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also named the cartel as one of nine Mexican drug gangs that have “the greatest drug trafficking impact on the United States.”

“The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), also referred to as Jalisco New Generation Cartel, is one of the fastest growing cartels,” the DEA’s 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment report states.

“The CJNG smuggles illicit drugs into the United States by accessing various trafficking corridors in northern Mexico along the southwest border (SWB) including Tijuana, Juarez, and Nuevo Laredo.”

“The CJNG also has influence over the busiest port in Mexico, the Port of Manzanillo, and utilises that influence for the distribution of large quantities of drugs.”

The report also said that due to their rapid expansion the group are more willing to engage in violent confrontations with Mexican government security forces and rival cartels.


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