Sunday, June 5, 2022

US sanctions Mexican ex-cop Severo Flores Mendoza

The U.S. government announced sanctions against six people in Mexico, including a corrupt police official, for aiding the Jalisco drug cartel. Jalisco local police coordinator Severo Flores Mendoza "provides law enforcement information to CJNG in exchange for bribes." After the sanctions were announced, Flores Mendoza was fired. The sanctions also target Julio Cesar Montero Pinzon, a hitman for the cartel in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. The office said Pinzon is part of an "enforcement group" for the cartel.
Last month, Mexican authorities announced they captured a leader of the cartel. Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, known as "El Señorón" or "XL" was apprehended in the tourist city of Mazatlan.