Not Even a $10 Million Reward Can Get Anyone to Come Forward About Cartel Leader’s Whereabouts

Oseguera-Cervantes, also known as "El Mencho," in his mid-50s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

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Lizzy Reyes

A reward of up to $10 million for information that results in the arrest of the leader of Mexico's most violent and largest drug cartel has so far gone unclaimed, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Los Angeles Division.

Nemesio Oseguera-Cervantes of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in 2014 and again in 2017, said Nicole Nishida of the DEA.

"This is the largest reward ever approved for the Narcotics Rewards Program," Nishida said.

Oseguera-Cervantes, also known as "El Mencho," in his mid-50s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

His last known residence was in Mexico.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the CJNG cartel is one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world, responsible for trafficking tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced heroin into the United States, as well as for violence and significant loss of life in Mexico.

In 2018, DEA Los Angeles Division and the U.S. State Department's Narcotics Rewards Program issued the reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of El Mencho.

Tips can be submitted to DEA by phone at 213-237-9990; through Twitter at @DEALosAngeles; and by email at MENCHOTIPS@usdoj.gov .

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