Why would the most wanted drug trafficker in Mexico and the United States be more afraid of COVID-19 than of the DEA

The United States offers USD 10 million for its capture (Fotoarte: Infobae / Jovani Silva)
The United States offers USD 10 million for its capture (Fotoarte: Infobae / Jovani Silva)

Just in early March, the government of The United States launched an intense hunt against Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes “El Mencho”leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Donald Trump administration sent a warning to the drug trafficker with the so-called Phyton Project, which captured more than 700 members of the criminal organization that operated in that country.

Previously, in February, the governments of Mexico and the US had launched another forceful message, the son of Mencho, Rubén Oseguera González "El Menchito" was extradited, and her daughter, Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, was detained while attending one of her brother's hearings.

Since October 2018, the government of The United States began a public hunt against "El Mencho and his criminal organization. Documents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicate that The cartel operates in at least 21 areas of the United States, mainly in Los Angeles, El Paso, New York, Chicago and different areas of Florida.

One of the arms that operate in the CJNG (Photo: OFAC)
One of the arms that operate in the CJNG (Photo: OFAC)

"El Mencho" has not only been hidden in the mountains for more than a year, but according to local Jalisco media, he suffers from kidney failure, an evil that keeps him on dialysis and tied to a bed.

Kidney failure is a condition that causes the kidneys to lose the ability to remove waste and balance fluids.

Although he is 53 years old, His alleged condition places him in the group of people most vulnerable to getting coronavirus.

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According to the figures offered by the Kidney Foundation website, older adults and people with kidney disease or other serious chronic medical conditions appear to be at increased risk for more severe coronavirus disease.

Kidney disease makes it difficult for the drug trafficker to flee (Photo: file)
Kidney disease makes it difficult for the drug trafficker to flee (Photo: file)

Chronic kidney failure patients like transplant recipients have a low immune system, making them susceptible to other diseases.

Despite being a population with wide possibilities of contagion, Jonathan Chávez, a doctor attached to the Nephrology Service of the Civil Hospital of Guadalajara pointed out to Infobae Mexico than These types of patients also have a high chance of recovering from COVID-19.

He cited a study conducted in China among 34 patients with kidney damage who were positive for the coronavirus and no deaths were recorded.

Nemesio Oseguera would be hidden in the mountains of Jalisco, the third state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, with 46, according to the official count until Tuesday.

On December 5, 2019, US Attorney William P. Barr met in Mexico City with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to lay the foundations for what will be a new bilateral cooperation in the fight against crime and insecurity.

Eduardo Guerrero Gutiérrez, public security consultant and political analyst, pointed out that during the meeting there was talk of the formation of a binational elite group made up of elements from the Secretary of the Navy (Semar), but with advice, weapons and US intelligence, but the central point would have been "El Mencho" and how to capture it.

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For the US government, which offers $ 10 million as a reward for its head, the capture of Oseguera Cervantes is essential, since the CJNG is flooding the US with thousands of kilos of methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl every year, which generates for that country an addiction and general health problem.


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