The navy and the Morelos state prosecutor’s office said Saturday that a suspected leader of the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel had been apprehended.
Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, often known as “El Senoron” or “XL,” was seized by navy agents on Friday in the tourist city of Mazatlan, in the northwest state of Sinaloa.
According to the Morelos Attorney General’s Office, Rodriguez Hernandez, the suspected leader of the CJNG in the central state of Morelos, is wanted for aggravated homicide, including the murder of three doctors in April 2020.
“In addition to the aforementioned, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez is wanted for criminal association and is one of the primary producers of violence in the state of Morelos,” the statement continued, referring to the state that borders Mexico City.
According to the navy, “El Senoron” is also accused of operating many laboratories for the creation of synthetic pharmaceuticals.
Authorities offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest in July of last year.
Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, the leader of CJNG, is one of the world’s most wanted drug lords, with the US Drug Enforcement Administration promising $10 million for his capture.
After the murder of the regional commander of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest criminal organization, CJNG arose in 2010.
Since 2006, when the government launched a contentious anti-drug operation with federal soldiers, Mexico has been locked in a spiral of cartel-related violence that has killed over 340,000 people.