The daughter of the head of the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a dual Mexican-American, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for voluntarily engaged in financial transactions with Mexican companies that had been identified as specially designated drug traffickers by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury (OFAC).
Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, 34, of Guadalajara, Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 12, 2021. According to court documents, she violated the criminal sanctions of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) by engaging in transactions and real estate transactions with six Mexican companies that had been sanctioned by OFAC as specially designated drug traffickers in September 2015 and September 2017. The six companies were designated to provide material support to the drug trafficking activities of the CJNG , itself appointed by OFAC in April 2015. Oseguera Gonzalez’s father, Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, alias âEl Menchoâ, who is the head of the CJNG, and his uncle, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, who is the head of the drug trafficking organization Los Cuinis, were also sanctioned by OFAC in April 2015.
Court documents indicate that Oseguera Gonzalez was the owner of two Mexican companies designated by OFAC, J&P Advertising, SA de CV and JJGON SPR de RL de CV, and that she was a director, director or agent of four other sanctioned companies, Las Flores Cabanas, Mizu Sushi Lounge, Tequila Onze Black and Operadora Los Famosos, SA de CV, doing business as Kenzo Sushi. It remained the owner, manager, administrator or agent of these entities after their designation by OFAC and did not apply for the required license from OFAC to engage in these financial transactions.
“This sentence shows that the violation of Treasury Department sanctions against companies and individuals linked to foreign drug cartels will not go unpunished,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the criminal division of the Ministry of Justice. “The Kingpin Act is an important tool in the US government’s relentless efforts to dismantle the drug cartels, and we will not hesitate to prosecute those who support the major drug traffickers by engaging in behavior that violates the criminal prohibitions of the law.
âToday’s conviction against a prominent individual who willfully broke Kingpin Law to engage in criminal transactions that facilitated the CJNG organization demonstrates our unwavering commitment to bringing those who break the law and threaten public safety to justice. Said Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. âThose who engage in illicit financial activities to aid the drug cartels that fill our communities with powerful and addictive drugs have nothing to do without accountability. “
The Los Angeles Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case, and the Department of Justice especially thanks the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the US Marshals Service for their support and contributions to the case.
Prosecutors Brett Reynolds, Kaitlin Sahni and Kate Naseef of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section of the Criminal Division continued the case.
This case received significant support from the program of the Task Force on Combating Organized Crime (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supports investigations across the country to identify, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute high-level members of drug, arms and money laundering organizations and companies.