The brother of the most wanted drug dealer in Mexico, known as El Tony Montana, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Mexican officials.
The army said it captured Antonio Oseguera in possession of weapons in a suburb of Guadalajara, the capital of the western state of Jalisco. It said he oversaw violent actions and logistics, and bought weapons and laundered money for the hyperviolent Jalisco New Generation Cartel, often known simply as the Jalisco Cartel.
In a press release, the Mexican State Department says that the arrest of Oseguera, the brother of notorious cartel boss Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, was a “forceful blow” to the cartel.
Antonio Oseguera is on a Treasury Department sanctions list for his ties to the cartel. However, it was not immediately clear if there is a U.S. warrant of extradition request for him.
The Jalisco Cartel is arguably Mexico’s most powerful and violent. It made its reputation with brazen attacks on Mexico’s security forces, including a 2020 assassination attempt on Mexico City’s police chief that wounded him and killed three other people.
In 2015, cartel gunmen shot down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.
The cartel, which makes its money primarily by trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl into the United States, has ruthlessly expanded its territory beyond Jalisco, spurring bloodshed in states including Guanajuato and Michoacan, as well as reaching its tentacles into Mexico’s Caribbean beach resorts in Quintana Roo.
The United States has offered a $10 million reward for El Mencho’s capture, but the cartel has violently fought past attempts to arrest him.
Authorities previously arrested El Mencho’s wife, alleging she was involved in the cartel’s illegal activities and his daughter pleaded guilty in a U.S. court in 2020 to charges she carried out business for the cartel.
Associated Press contributed to this report