Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas

Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas

José de Jesús Méndez Vargas
(a.k.a. El Chango (The Monkey) (born 28 February 1974) is a Mexican drug lord and leader of the La Familia Michoacana Cartel, headquartered in the state of Michoacán.

Méndez took control of the cartel after its former leader, Nazario Moreno González, was killed in a shootout with Mexican Federal Police on December 9, 2010. His protection was the responsibility of twelve gunmen he called the "Twelve Apostles.

Méndez was captured at a road checkpoint on June 21, 2011 by Mexican Federal police in the state of Aguascalientes. The Mexican government had offered a $30 million pesos (US$2.1 million) bounty for information leading to Méndez's capture.

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