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Mexico captures, releases, then recaptures ‘El Menchito,’ son of powerful drug lord

July 2, 2015
"El Menchito" was arrested for the third time in 18 months on Wednesday.

“El Menchito” was arrested for the third time in 18 months on Wednesday.

The U.S.-born son of one of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords has been captured, released, and re-captured in less than 10 days, in a farcical series of events that analysts say raises questions about the competence of Mexico’s police and judicial institutions.

Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, the suspected second-in-command of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel, had also been detained and released in 2014.

Known as “El Menchito,” Oseguera, 25, was born in California and holds dual US-Mexican citizenship. Federal forces arrested him in the early hours of June 23 during a joint police and army raid on his home in the Zapopan suburb of the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, authorities said.

Charged with organized crime and money laundering, Oseguera was then transferred to the Altiplano maximum-security prison in the State of Mexico on Saturday…

Click here to read this feature in full at VICE News.

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