- El Menchaca, a leader of the Juarez Cartel, was apprehended in Texas by U.S. Border Patrol agents on August 17.
- Before his capture, Menchaca had been identified as a key figure in the cartel’s operations in the border city of Ojinaga.
- Known for his love of luxury cars, Menchaca previously faced accusations of carrying out an armed attack against federal agents.
Sergio M.P., alias El Menchaca and/or El Robin, one of the leaders of the Juarez Cartel, was captured by Border Patrol agents from the Presidio sector in Texas, United States.
According to the Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office, the capture of the leader of this criminal structure operating on the border occurred on the afternoon of August 17 by U.S. authorities.
El Menchaca was the head of the Juarez Cartel in the municipality of Ojinaga, a city located on the banks of the Bravo River, on the border with Texas, across from the city of Presidio.
This border city is the second most important in the state of Chihuahua, after Ciudad Juarez, so Menchaca’s coordination at this crossing was of utmost importance, so much so that for 10 years, El Robin had been identified by state authorities as one of the leaders of this criminal organization. The U.S. gang allied with the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel to fight the criminal organization founded by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
Local media, citing reports from state authorities, indicated that his center of operations, also known as El Robin, were the municipalities of Ojinaga, Coyame del Sotol, and Aldama. El Heraldo de Chihuahua reported that authorities had already accused Sergio M.P. in previous years of carrying out an armed attack against federal agents.
According to the newspaper, before his attack, the agents had seized an arsenal of weapons in a recreational center in the municipality of Aldama, which allegedly led to this retaliation. El Menchaca was a man who liked high-end vehicles, a situation that was revealed when authorities seized Lamborghini and Porsche vehicles, among others, which exceeded 15 million pesos.
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This seizure was made in one of the Juarez Cartel leader’s safe houses, where he was about to be arrested by the authorities.
Sergio was born in the community of Las Nieves, in the state of Durango, but migrated to Chihuahua 12 years ago to join the criminal structure, according to information provided by the state Attorney General’s Office and reported by El Heraldo. Sergio El Menchaca became the leader of this criminal group in Ojinaga after Victor Manuel C.O.’s arrest.
El Robin lasted five consecutive years as plaza leader and was one of the main targets of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), according to the local media outlet. According to Insight Crime, the Juarez Cartel, also known as the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes organization after its leader, known as the Lord of the Skies, is one of Mexico’s oldest and most powerful criminal organizations, dating back to the 1980s.
The cartel, as reported by the specialized drug trafficking media, is mainly dedicated to drug trafficking but expanded its criminal activities to other areas, such as human trafficking, kidnapping, and extortion.
The media also detailed that the Juarez Cartel created at least three armed groups: La Linea, Los Aztecas, and Los Linces. In this sense, the Juarez newspaper assured that El Menchaca was the leader of La Linea, although the authorities or the U.S. state have not confirmed this information. Other newspaper versions indicated that El Robin was the leader of the New Juarez Cartel, a possible split of the Juarez Cartel.