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CJNG, a top U.S. target, blamed in assassination attempt on Mexico City police chief.
MEXICO CITY — A ruthless cartel and its fugitive leader, "El Mencho" — a top DEA target — are blamed in Friday's assassination attempt on Mexico City's police chief, injuring the lawman and killing three others.
Mexico City Police Chief Omar Hamid García Harfuch was seriously injured in a shooting in a wealthy neighborhood Friday morning but is in stable condition after an ambush, according to a tweet from Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Two bodyguards and one woman were killed.
"This morning, we were cowardly attacked by the CJNG (Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación)," García Harfuch wrote in the tweet. "Two friends of mine lost their lives. Our nation must continue to confront the cowardly organized crime."
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The police chief was headed to a daily security briefing with the mayor when his black SUV was peppered with bullets at 6:30 a.m. on the popular avenue Paseo de la Reforma in the Miguel Hidalgo municipality.
After the attack, at least a dozen suspects, members of the CJNG cartel, were detained, according to the Mexico City's Attorney General's Office. But its leader, Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, remains in hiding.
The assassination attempt follows a series of increased cooperation between Mexican officials and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to target members of CJNG — a billion-dollar global drug empire — and the cartel's finances.
Earlier this month, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publicly announced the freezing of $1.1 billion in CJNG assets. Earlier this year, El Mencho's son and daughter were jailed in the U.S. awaiting trial on federal charges.
The Courier Journal wrote an investigation on El Mencho and CJNG in November, describing how the cartel has set up cells in at least 35 cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, including in Lexington and Louisville.
CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel are blamed for importing the bulk of fentanyl, now America's deadliest drug, into the U.S. The Treasury Department is offering a $10 million reward for help capturing El Mencho.