Mexican authorities arrested the suspected leader of one of the country's most powerful cartels, according to the Mexican navy and a state prosecutor's office.
Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, known as "XL" or "Frank," was arrested last week in Mazatlan, Mexico, in an operation carried out by navy agents. Rodriguez Hernandez, the alleged leader of a local arm of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Morelos, is wanted for aggravated homicide, including the murders of three doctors in April 2020, according to CBS News.
"In addition to the above, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez is wanted for the crime of criminal association, and is one of the main generators of violence in the state of Morelos," the Morelos Attorney General's Office said in a statement.
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Rodriguez Hernandez is also accused of running laboratories that produce synthetic drugs. Authorities offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest in July 2021.
The Department of Justice considered the Jalisco cartel to be "one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world" in 2018.
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CJNG emerged in 2010 after the death of the regional leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. The CJNG leader, Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera, is one of the most wanted drug lords in the world, with the Drug Enforcement Administration offering $10 million for his arrest.