Wife of CJNG leader El Mencho, Rosalinda González Valencia, stays imprisoned despite health concerns

Rosalinda, the wife of the CJNG leader, faced legal setbacks in Morelos and was denied early release despite health issues raising concerns.

Rosalinda González Valencia, married to the infamous leader of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG), Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho,” remains behind bars. Her recent bid for provisional release has been thwarted.

It was on July 19 that González Valencia reached out to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (FGR), requesting a “procedural risk evaluation” by the Mexican National Guard. Her objective was clear: to have her justified imprisonment overturned. However, the FGR demurred, stating no intention to commission such an evaluation. Following this, González Valencia sought legal recourse, filing an injunction on August 7. Unfortunately for her, this plea was also dismissed by Guillermo Amaro Correa, the Ninth District Judge of Morelos, as per the accounts from Reforma.

Rosalinda González Valencia is the wife of "El Mencho," leader of the CJNG (PHOTO: US Treasury Department)
Rosalinda González Valencia is the wife of “El Mencho,” leader of the CJNG (PHOTO: US Treasury Department)

González Valencia, therefore, will continue to be incarcerated at the Centro Federal de Readaptación Social No. 16 “CPS Femenil Morelos” in Coatlán del Río, Morelos, Mexico. She has been held there since November 2021.

A significant concern arising from her detention, as reported by journalist Abel Barajas, is the alleged denial of access to her medication by prison authorities. Known to be grappling with an autoimmune disease, Rosalinda’s medical records confirm the necessity of “immunosuppressive therapy”. Arguing her delicate health, González Valencia’s defense insists on modifying her pre-trial detention, emphasizing the need for her treatment in asylum conditions under vigilant watch.

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Why is the wife of ‘El Mencho’ detained?

Rosalinda’s ties to criminal enterprises run deep. She is a member of the González Valencia clan, leaders of the notorious Los Cuinis – the financial backbone of CJNG. As per the DEA, around 12 González Valencia siblings are embroiled in suspicious financial undertakings, allegedly involving dirty money.

Rosalinda (Photo: Federal Police)
Rosalinda (Photo: Federal Police)

In May 2018, her involvement in money laundering led to her arrest in Zapopan, Jalisco, the main base of the so-called “four-letter cartel.” After a brief stint in Morelos’s federal women’s prison and a subsequent trial, Rosalinda managed a provisional release in September by posting a bail of 1.5 million pesos. However, she violated her release conditions, failing to make mandatory appearances at the Cuernavaca Justice Center. This negligence resulted in her re-arrest in November 2021 in Zapopan.

During this arrest, the Army confiscated a long gun, 27 .38 super-caliber cartridges, approximately two thousand methamphetamine wraps, and eleven vehicles.