Rubén Oseguera González, otherwise known as El Menchito, is a high-ranking member of the drug trafficking organization (DTO) Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), and son of the organization's leader: Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes. Mr. González managed CJNG's international drug trafficking operations and acted as the organization second-in-command until his arrest in 2015. In 2018, he was extradited to the United States in order to stand trial for criminal charges, including the importation and distribution of narcotics from Mexico in sovereign American territory.
Mr. González was born in San Francisco County, California on February 14, 1990. During his childhood, González would be left without a morally sound figure to admire, as his father and uncle both spent several years languishing in federal penitentiaries for the illegal distribution of narcotics. In the mid-1990s, Nemesio apparently decided to settle down in Mexico with his wife and son as a member of a Milenio Cartel liquidation team.
As previously mentioned, González is a high-ranking member of CJNG. Federal authorities in both the United States and Republic of Mexico believe El Menchito oversaw the sale of CJNG narcotics and illegal substances in the western hemisphere, as well as coordinating stolen gasoline sales in the Mexican state of Jalisco. González's actions, however, were not purely managerial. Representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) also believe he led a group of sicario's that targeted individuals that refused to work with CJNG or that violated the organization's territory in Jalisco and Colima.
In January of 2014, González was arrested by Cuerpo de Fuerzas Especiales, a Mexican Special Forces unit, in Zapopan. Over the course of the next four years, González repeatedly attempted to beat the justice system, repeatedly bribing, coercing, and arguing his way out of prison. By 2017, the United States had enough. On February 3, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an arrest warrant against Oseguera González.
After several failed attempts to halt the Mexican government from approving the extradition, González arrived in the United States on February 21, 2020. The same day he arrived at Dulles International Airport, he appeared before a federal judge to begin court proceedings. His trial continues to this day.
For more information on Mr. González's crimes, see the official Department of Justice indictment.