Cartel Leader’s Wife Gets Jail without Bail, CJNG Retaliates

Rosalina González Valencia, wife of Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes. Photo: Twitter


A Mexican federal judge on Monday, Nov. 15, issued a preventive detention order, the Mexican equivalent of jail without bail, against Rosalinda González Valencia, wife of Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, the alleged leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

González Valencia will remain confined in Federal Female Prison Number 16, located in Coatlán del Río, Morelos, throughout her trial, even though the crime of money laundering for which she was first arrested does not normally merit imprisonment during the trial period.

The judge said he issued the decision because he considered her to be an imminent flight risk despite having previously put up 1.5 million pesos as bail.

However, according to federal authorities, González Valencia failed to appear in court when she had agreed to.

Her lawyer, Víctor Francisco Beltrán García, said that his client failed to appear in court because she received death threats and was concerned about her safety.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office arrested González Valencia on Sunday, Nov. 14, with a squad of police.

Beltrán García said that the detention of his client violated her human rights and described the actions of the authorities as degrading, since González Valencia did not resist arrest.

Following the judge’s decision to not release González Valencia, two members of the Mexican Navy (Semar) in the Jalisco city of Zapopan disappeared on Tuescday, Nov. 16, and federal authorities have said that their disappearance was ordered by the CJNG.


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