Jose Gonzales Valencia, CJNG capo, arrested in Brazil
The Brazilian Federal Police arrested today in a luxurious turist complex in the city of Fortaleza the alleged drug trafficker Jose Gonzalez Valencia, designated as one of the leaders of the CJNG, one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in Mexico.
The alleged Mexican boss, 42, was arrested on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Federal Court (STF), Brazil's highest court, in response to an extradition request made by the United States, where he is accused of drug trafficking, the Federal Police said in a statement.
"The extradition was requested by the Government of the United States under the accusation of having practiced the crime of drug trafficking in that country and in Mexico and of integrating the Jalisco New Generation Cartel", according to the note.
According to the statement, the Mexican was with his family in a tourist complex in the metropolitan region of Fortaleza (northeastern Brazil), where he occupied a rented residence on the exclusive beach of Taiba, and did not resist arrest.
The Federal Police reported that the Mexican entered Brazil as a tourist from Bolivia, a country where he apparently resided since he fled Mexico two years ago. The defendant carried a document issued by Bolivia and in which he identified himself as a Mexican citizen but with the false name of Jefett Arias Becerra.
According to Federal Police Commissioner Aldair Rocha, one of those responsible for the capture, the Mexican was spending a holiday season with his family in Fortaleza since December 22, when he was being watched by the Brazilian authorities.
After his arrest, the Mexican was taken to the cells of the headquarters of the Superintendency of the Federal Police in Fortaleza, where he remained at the disposal of the highest court in Brazil, which has to rule on his extradition.
According to the press reports, the alleged capo was known as "Chepa", "Camaron" or "Santy" and is one of the brothers of Abigael Gonzalez Valencia known as the "Cuini" and the chief of the CJNG together with Nemesio Oseguera.