- Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, daughter of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho,” has filed an appeal against the seizure of her bank accounts by federal authorities.
- The case is being heard by the Second Collegiate Court in Criminal Matters of the Third Circuit and will determine whether or not to grant the daughter of the CJNG leader the right to keep her accounts.
- The Attorney General’s Office froze the accounts for suspected money laundering. Jessica Johanna was released from a US prison in March 2022 after serving 30 months for ties to drug trafficking.
Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, daughter of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, filed an appeal for a review of the resolution of an injunction she filed for the seizure of her bank accounts by Mexican federal authorities two years ago.
The case was referred to the Second Collegiate Court in Criminal Matters of the Third Circuit in Mexico, which will decide whether or not to give the daughter of the leader of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) the right after a judge also in criminal matters, based in Zapopan, determined that the amparo did not proceed.
La Negra, as Jessica Johanna is known, was released in April 2021 from a prison in the United States after two years in prison. In November of that same year, the judge of the First District granted amparo protection to the drug trafficker’s daughter with the intention that the Mexican Attorney General’s Office would rule on the freezing of the bank accounts.
The Specialized Unit for the Investigation of Operations with Resources of Illicit Proceeds and Counterfeiting or Alteration of Currency of the Attorney General’s Office froze the accounts of El Mencho’s daughter for alleged money laundering.
According to the FGR, El Mencho’s daughter kept a low profile in the state of Jalisco and was known to be a businesswoman dedicated to real estate rentals and the food sector.
In April 2022, Penitentiary System spokeswoman Randille Giamuss confirmed the release of Oseguera González, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for having ties to drug trafficking after being arrested on February 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
“Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez was released from Bureau of Prisons custody on March 14, 2022, through the First Step Act. For privacy and security reasons, we do not release additional information about inmates who are not in BOP custody,” Giamusso told the U.S. network Univision.
The US Department of Justice reported that the sentence against Jessica Johanna was due to financial dealings with six Mexican companies “identified as drug traffickers.”
According to the DEA document, these businesses were designated by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for supporting Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes’ organization.
El Mencho’s family is under the crosshairs of financial authorities
In 2018, the Mexican Financial Intelligence Unit blocked 10,144 bank accounts of CJNG members with almost 900 million pesos, money that was assigned to hitmen, family members, restaurateurs, businessmen, and even municipal presidents to help launder money for the criminal group.
In November 2021, Rosalinda Gonzalez, wife of El Mencho, considered the cartel’s financial operator, was captured by Mexican authorities in the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco.
The family of La Jefa, as Rosalinda is also known, has been identified as a member of organized crime, as her brother Abigael González Valencia, captured in March 2015 in Puerto Vallarta, is the leader of Los Cuinis, a group identified by authorities as a financial operator and armed wing of the CJNG.
The FIU also blocked the accounts of 57 people linked to the Jalisco cartel, such as the Los Valencia family, Los Cuinis, the New Plaza, the Matazetas Cartel, and the Juarez Cartel are also known.