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DEA Takes 250 Members of Mexican Drug Cartel into Custody – Bringing Total to 600



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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took 250 members of a Mexican drug cartel into custody on Wednesday – bringing the total to 600 over the six-month operation known as “Project Python.”

Fox News reported that “top members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, referred to as CJNG, were toppled in the raids that resulted from the single largest strike by U.S. authorities against the group, with 350 indictments handed down, 15,000 kilos of meth seized and nearly $20 million recovered from the sprawling drug operation, according to the DEA.”

The DEA’s sweeping arrests across the U.S. included Illinois, Indiana, California, and Wisconsin.

According to Fox News, the investigation stemmed from an Executive Order signed by President Trump “prioritizing the dismantlement of transnational criminal organizations.”

“When President Trump signed an Executive Order prioritizing the dismantlement of transnational criminal organizations, the Department of Justice answered the call and took direct aim at CJNG. We deemed CJNG one of the highest-priority transnational organized crime threats we face,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division. “And with Project Python, we are delivering results in the face of that threat for the American people.”

Project Python aims to nab the leader of the CJNG operation, Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera. El Mencho is one of the most wanted men in America – with a $10 million reward for his capture.

“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately destroy CJNG,” said Benczkowski.

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