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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Brazil Extradites "El Chepa", A Leader Of Los Cuinis & Ally Of The CJNG, To The US

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat 

On November 12, the US announced that José González Valencia, an alleged member of Los Cuinis which is considered to be a financial arm of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), was extradited from Brazil to the United States on November 10, 2021.

He was extradited on a plane belonging to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The United States’ Department of Justice released a statement, which read in part: 

A Mexican national was extradited from Brazil to the United States on Nov. 10 to face international drug trafficking charges [...] arrived in the United States on Wednesday and made his initial court appearance yesterday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court. He is detained pending his appearance on Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather in D.C. District Court.

According to court documents, beginning in as early as 2006, Gonzalez-Valencia conspired with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States from a foreign country. According to court documents, Gonzalez-Valencia is alleged to be a high-ranking leader of the Los Cuinis drug-trafficking organization (DTO), which is based in Jalisco State in Mexico. Los Cuinis is closely aligned with the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG). Together, Los Cuinis and CJNG form one of the largest, most dangerous, and prolific drug cartels in Mexico. They have been and continue to be responsible for trafficking ton quantities of illegal drugs into the United States and employing extreme violence to further that objective. The close alliance between Los Cuinis and CJNG is strengthened by familial ties between the criminal organizations: Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka Mencho, the leader of CJNG, is married to Rosalinda Gonzalez-Valencia, who is the defendant’s sister. 

Gonzalez-Valencia is charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it will be unlawfully imported to the United States. If convicted, Gonzalez-Valencia faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is part of ‘Operation Stir the Pot,’ which was supported by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division is investigating with the assistance of DEA Brasilia.       



As written by MX in a previous Borderland Beat story, José González Valencia, also known by his alias "El Chepa", "Camarón" (English: Shrimp), and "Santy", is part of a large clan of at least 18 siblings who are associated with the Milenio Cartel. 

According to the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), Mexico's intelligence agency, González Valencia's primary role was managing the financial operations of the CJNG. Additionally he contributed to managing the group's alliances with other criminal networks, such as ones located in Asia and Europe. CISEN also alleged that González Valencia managed the CJNG’s various relationships with arms traffickers in both the United States and Central America.

González Valencia first captured the attention of Mexican officials in 2005 when he was nearly killed at a cockfighting event in Tonala, Jalisco. Armed men stormed the arena and attacked the spectators with AK-47s and grenades. Their intended targets were members of the Milenio Cartel, and the suspected assailants were members of Los Zetas.

Crime scene of the 2005 shooting which injured José González Valencia

Four people were killed and twenty-eight more were injured, including González Valencia (who was shot in the arm) and Antonio Oseguera Cervantes, who is the brother of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes ("El Mencho"). When security forces arrived at the scene, they discovered that several of the cockfighting attendees were linked to the Milenio Cartel and that they were armed. However, the Government of Jalisco did not make any arrests at the scene. González Valencia was treated at a hospital and was then allowed to return home.

His Time in Bolivia

When the CJNG was formed, Gonzalez Valencia played a key role under his brother Abigael ("El Cuini)" and his brother-in-law, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”. After Abigael's capture in 2015, José Gonzalez Valencia fled to Bolivia in order to avoid being captured by government authorities. 

In September 2015, González Valencia flew into Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia from Peru. He entered the country using a Mexican passport with the fake name “Jafett Arias Becerra”. According to Bolivia's General Directorate of Migration (DIGEMIG), González Valencia's passport was official and had all the international security features in place.

González Valencia was able to apply for one-year temporary residency in Bolivia and obtained a foreigner ID card from the General Service of Personal Identification (SEGIP). He was able to get temporary residency through the sponsorship of a Bolivian national who González Valencia was close to and who agreed to financially support him. 

On March 22, 2017, González Valencia began the application process to extend his one-year temporary residency to a two-year residency that included work eligibility, all while utilizing his fake name. His two-year residency was later approved.

González Valencia was able to enter the country because Interpol had not issued a red alert against the name “Jafett Arias Becerra”. During his time in Bolivia, the CJNG reportedly laundered money at the Asociación Cruceña de Fútbol, a Bolivian football league. .

Arrest in Brazil 

Sometime in December, José Gonzalez Valencia contacted his close family and told them he wanted to spend the holiday season with them in Brazil. His wife, child and close friends made plans to meet up with José and stay through the New Year, until January 3, 2018. José and his family rented a beach house in Taíba. The home was rented through the use of a straw person who was unrelated and unaffiliated with Los Cuinis. 

On December 22, 2017, he landed at the Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport. He told customs officers he was visiting as a tourist, when asked. According to the Brazilian police, José was immediately identified as the wanted Los Cuinis member during his customs check in, but they decided not to approach him at the airport and instead they chose to follow him closely, surveilling his every step. 

Alleged still of airport surveillance footage which capture Jose arriving in December 2017.

On December 27, 2017, Gonzalez Valencia was arrested outside the beach resort area where he was staying. He was sent to the headquarters of the Federal Police of Brazil in Fortaleza, Ceará, where officials confirmed that there was a pending arrest warrant and extradition request against him from the United States. None of the people who were accompanying him when he was arrested were apprehended by the police because they had no pending arrest warrants.

González Valencia's team of defense lawyers requested that the extradition process be held in secret, arguing that this was necessary in order to protect both their client and his family. 

On January 23, 2018, Brazilian authorities rejected a motion to carry out the extradition process against González Valencia in secret. Judge Carmen Lucia Antunes said they would not make an exception for them because publicity was part of the judicial process.

On December 11, 2018, minister José Celso de Mello Filho approved his extradition process.

Note: This article includes excerpts from the Wikipedia article of José González Valencia, which was published by Borderland Beat reporter "MX" in July 2018. Over 60 sources were used for its creation.

Sources: US DOJ Press Release, Proceso, Milenio, Diario de Nordeste


  1. A lot of Co2 emissions for one dude. Could easily have flown commercial with 2 or 3 agents. I guess rock stars, royalty, the rich and famous and the DEA have the elite entitlement papers to fly in private jets destroying the ozone layer in the process! Legalize everything and the violence and number of addicts would drop...not to mention the co2 emissions!

    1. You worried about co2 emissions your ass probaby won’t even make it passed 2025 😂

    2. The low IQ don't get the sarcasm mixed with facts!

    3. Oh shut up from El pichon pendejo. shows a real lack of intelligence. Could you muster enough of your 60IQ to formulate a reasonably intelligent reply. Obviously not!

    4. If drugs were legalized imagine how many dishwashers and carwashers would be available for hire.

    5. 10:18 really that's your call sign big nuts truther lol.
      You couldn't think of a better call sign. You might as well type, little peepee truther lol.

  2. Just give uncle Sam his cut and he will be OK 👌..

  3. This is gun a be the guy to snitch on mencho

    1. He dnt know where mench is at only ppl who know is the ppl with him

    2. CJNG dont snitch on their own like CDS

    3. You do know this is his brother in law I’m pretty sure he can get a location on him lol

    4. Cjng do also snitch on thier own, many a times, for lessor prison time.

  4. Pobre cuini le van a meter el weenie

  5. El Chepa is only a poor farmer who grows frijoles y maiz. He only makes 20,000 Pesos a month.You can not blame him for going to Brazil for greater opportunities.

  6. Asta detras de las rejas. Even behind bars. We go to hear'em shut. Hear the clink of the bars you've come to be in. Hear this steel shit we're door to door on all at once. Hit the switch guard. I want these motherfuckers in here all at one time.

  7. The antentado at the palenque was aimed specifically at killing Mencho but if other Milenio cartel members were there and they could it was fair game. Its where his primo jumped on a grenade to save his life. It is mentioned in many older corridos for Mencho..dude had some real loyalty instilled in him if he really jumped on a grenade to save his boss/primo Mencho
    His name was El Cangrejo Oceguera

    In another incident in Tonaya Jalisco the federal police carried out and op against Mencho and according to his band Banda Puro Grullo which is 100% cjng corridos His other primo and compadre El Venado, saved his life amd in the process lost his own. He has a cool corrido tbh. In that operation Mencho was allegedly shot and wounded,almost fatal. Its said he made it another pueblo or two away before a family took him in, patched him up, cleaned and closed his wounds and then hid him from the government until they left.. if not mistaken the govt was so mad that they picked up, tortured, interrogated and eventually killed like 30+ ppl. They were mad because Menchos ppl managed to kill a shit ton of feds but of course they always lie about deaths and wounded unless they absolutely cant hide the truth for some reason. If u look online theres a report of a lady or someone wandering off looking for her fam member when they came acros the gvt burning or burying a bunch of dead bodies which she assumed were all the ppl they picked up and accused of being cartel members that were just hiding within the population to avoid the operation.
    They were also mad that Mencho got away but they knew he wasnt far because he was injured. Again this is all allegedly , stuff i read on Facebook on Tonala mews pages, stuff mentioned on articles where i followed the sources and pieced together what i could.
    The opertaion did happen i know that much all the above mentioned details i cant say forsure

    1. Mencho makes chapo look like a school girl in comparison..
      Mencho ain't no joke

  8. El Chepa was said to be the mastermind behind alot of CJNG money laundering and he became Cuinis #1 after his brother Abigail El Cuini Valencia arrest. He was running the money laundering and Cuini affairs and according to one report i read he was considered just as equally powerful as his older brother El Cuini. But idk, gente siempre le hecha mucha crema a los tacos.


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