DEA Names Eleven 'Most Wanted' Mexican Fugitives Sought by U.S.

April 13, 2009 - 5:35 PM
The 11 fugitives are members of Mexican drug cartels that are now considered to be the top organized crime threat to the United States, responsible for murderous violence along the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years.

WANTED: Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales (Image courtesy of DEA.)

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the first time has listed the eleven most-wanted Mexican drug-crime fugitives sought by the United States.

The fugitives, all Mexican nationals, are members of Mexican drug cartels that are now considered to be the top organized crime threat to the United States, responsible for murderous violence along the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years. 

“We thought [the list] was appropriate based on the violence in Mexico,” Garrison Courtney, chief of public affairs for the DEA, told CNSNews.com.
 
“These are people we are interested in the most, based on the drug cartel situation,” Courtney said, adding that the 11 men are either leaders or high-ranking members of the cartels.
 
The fugitives are suspected of or have been charged, indicted, or convicted of drug-related crimes, including drug trafficking and money laundering.

Joaquin Guzman-Loera, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, is among those on the list. Guzman-Loera was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in a Mexican federal prison in 1993 and escaped in 2001.

Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano, the leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel and the security chief of the Gulf Cartel, also made the list. 

Some of the cash seized by the DEA in its battle against Mexican drug cartels. (Image courtest of DEA.)

The violence in Mexico, particularly along that country’s border with the United States, has resulted in the deaths of more than 7,000 people since January 2008 and has gained increasing scrutiny by Congress and the Obama administration.

There have been multiple congressional hearings on the issue in recent weeks, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled there last month to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and other high-ranking officials.

On March 24 – the day before Clinton traveled to Mexico – Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Mexican Cartel Strategy, which commits $700 million this year and all of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies to help Mexican authorities fight the drug cartels.
 
The DEA, which has the largest U.S. drug enforcement presence in Mexico with 11 offices in that country, will be opening 16 new positions in its Southwest border field divisions. The DEA also is forming four additional mobile enforcement teams to target Mexican methamphetamine trafficking and related violence along the border, and in U.S. cities where cartels are believed to be operating.
 
The other Department of Justice  law enforcement agencies taking part in the Mexican Cartel Strategy include the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Marshals Service and the Criminal Division, and the Office of Justice Programs.

WANTED for drug trafficking in the USA. (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Below is the list of the Top 11 individuals, as provided to CNSNews.com by the DEA.
 
­Arturo Beltran-Leyva (AKA’s El Fantasma, El Barbas, Marcos) is a Mexican National.
Beltran-Leyva is a member of a large family of drug traffickers from Culican, Sinaloa and is responsible for transporting multi-ton cocaine and marijuana loads into the United States. Beltran-Leyva is known to be allied with members of the Mexican Federation cartel. In August 2006, Beltran-Leyva was charged with drug trafficking-related violations (21 USC 963 and Title 18 USC Section 2).  
 
DOB: September 27, 1961
Alt. DOB: September 21, 1961
HEIGHT: 6 feet
WEIGHT: 190 pounds
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
 

WANTED for drug trafficking in the USA. (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Joaquin Guzman-Loera (AKA’s  Chapo, Chapo Guzman, El Rapido) is a Mexican National. Guzman-Loera is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, becoming involved in drug trafficking in the late 1980s. In June 1993, Guzman-Loera was arrested in Chiapas, Mexico and sentenced to a 20-year prison term. In January 2001, he escaped from the federal maximum security prison in Guadalajara, Julisco, allegedly with the assistance of prison officials. Guzman-Loera has since re-established himself as a high-ranking member of the Mexican drug trade and currently is allied with the Mexican Federation cartel. In 1993, Guzman-Loera was indicted for drug violations, money laundering, and racketeering in the District of Arizona. A second indictment from California charged him with conspiracy to import over eight tons of cocaine and money laundering.           
                                   
DOB: April 4, 1957
Alt. DOB: December 25, 1954
HEIGHT: 5’5”
WEIGHT: 165 pounds
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
 

WANTED for drug trafficking in the USA. (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Vicente Carrillo-Fuentes (AKA’s Andres Carilo-Fuentes, Viceroy) is a Mexican National and head of the Juarez Cartel, though once was a member of the Mexican Federation cartel. Carrillo-Fuentes controls most of the lucrative Ciudad Juarez-El Paso smuggling corridor moving multi-hundred kilograms of cocaine as well as multi-ton amounts of marijuana to the United States. Carrillo-Fuentes is currently indicted on drug trafficking- related charges, which include continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to import.            
 
DOB: October 16, 1962
HEIGHT: 5’11”
WEIGHT: unk
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Ovidio Limon- Sanchez is a Mexican National. Limon-Sanchez has been identified as a head of a significant Mexican cocaine importation and distribution organization operating in the greater Los Angeles area. Limon-Sanchez is also believed to be one of the cocaine distributors for Joaquin Guzman-Loera. 
 
DOB: July 24, 1968
HEIGHT: 6’02”
WEIGHT: 230
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Victor Emilio Cazares-Salazar (AKA’s Victor Emilio Sanchez, Victor Gastelum-Sanchez) is a Mexican National and member of the Sinaloa Cartel. Cazares-Salazar is responsible for supplying ton quantities of cocaine received from Colombia.
                                   
DOB: August 8, 1963
HEIGHT: 5’09”
WEIGHT: 190
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Santos Fabian Rocha-Salazar (AKA Pariente) is a Mexican National and member of the Mexican Federation cartel. Rocha-Salazar is responsible for hundred kilogram quantity shipments of cocaine to the greater Los Angeles, California area and the remittance of narcotics proceeds. 
           
DOB: October 01, 1977
HEIGHT: 5’05”
WEIGHT: 140
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Black
Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen (AKA’s Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Marcos Ledezma, Tony Tormenta and Licenciado) is a Mexican National.  Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen is the brother of Osiel Cardenas-Guillen (former leader of the Gulf Cartel - currently in custody).  It is believed: Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen facilitates the planning, oversight and overall control of the drug trafficking and money collection activities in Matamoros, Mexico; and he controls the Matamoros-Brownsville corridor on behalf of the Gulf Cartel. It is believed that Cardenas-Guillen is currently involved in the procurement and trafficking of multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States on a monthly basis.
 
DOB: March 5, 1962
Alt. DOB: May 5, 1962
HEIGHT: 6 feet
WEIGHT: 215 pounds
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez (AKA's El Cos, El Coss), is a Mexican National. Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez is one of the three leaders (Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano, and Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez) of the Gulf Cartel/Los Zetas.  A former lieutenant of Osiel Cardenas-Guillen.  It is believed that Costilla Sanchez is currently involved in the procurement and trafficking of multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States on a monthly basis.
 
DOB:  August 01, 1971
HEIGHT: 5'10"
WEIGHT:  210 pounds
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR:  Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano (AKA El Verdugo, El Lazca, Laz, and Licenciado) is a Mexican national.  Lazcano-Lazcano is the leader of Los Zetas and the security chief for the Gulf Cartel. Lazcano-Lazcano, said to be one of the most violent members of the drug trafficking organization, oversees the management and deployment of Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas enforcement operatives.  Sources indicate that Lazcano-Lazcano was an infantry corporal and a member of the Airmobile Special Forces Group (GAFE) in the Mexican military before being recruited to join Los Zetas by an upper-ranked Los Zetas member, Arturo GUZMAN-Decena. Lazcano-Lazcano took command of Los Zetas in 2002. Recent reporting indicates Miguel Angel TREVIÑO-Morales, a high-ranking Los Zetas member, is the second-in-command behind Lazcano-Lazcano.
 
DOB: December 25, 1974
HEIGHT: 5’8
WEIGHT: 180 lbs.
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales (AKA’s  Z-40, Zeta 40, David Estrada-Corado, Comandante Forty and El Catorce) is a Mexican National.   Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales is a confirmed high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel/Los Zetas.  Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales is believed to be responsible for collecting the “PISO” (tariff) at all drug plazas controlled by the Gulf Cartel in Mexico.  From 2006 to 2007, Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales was believed to have served as Nuevo Laredo Plaza Boss for the Gulf Cartel.  Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales is the brother of Alejandro Trevino-Morales. 
 
DOB: November 18, 1970
Alt. DOB: July 17, 1980
Alt. DOB: January 25, 1973
Alt. DOB: July 15, 1976
Alt. DOB: June 28, 1973
HEIGHT: 5’8”
WEIGHT: 195 lbs.
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown

WANTED (Image courtesy of DEA.)

Alejandro Trevino-Morales (AKA 42, Omar and Comandante Forty Two) is a Mexican National.  Alejandro Trevino-Morales is the brother of Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales.  Alejandro Trevino-Morales is a confirmed member of the Gulf Cartel/Los Zetas. Alejandro Trevino-Morales is believed to be a mid-level ranking member of the Gulf Cartel operating on behalf of the Gulf Cartel in Nuevo Laredo, MX. 
 
DOB: January 26, 1974
HEIGHT: 5’7”
WEIGHT: 240 lbs.
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
Details of two unsealed indictments involving five of the Top 11 fugitives also were provided to CNSNews.com:
 
On March 13, 2008, a total of 11 subjects of the Gulf Cartels/Los Zetas international smuggling organization were charged in an indictment in the Federal District of Columbia.  The 11 individuals indicted were Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez, Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano, Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales, Jamie Gonzalez-Duran, Mario Ramirez-Trevino, Gilberto Barragan-Balderas, Juan Reyes Mejia-Gonzalez, Samuel Flores-Borrego, Alfredo Rangel Buendia, and AKA “LINO” (First name unknown, Last name unknown).  
 
On the indictment there were three counts; Count one (Conspiracy to Manufacture and distribute five Kilograms or more of cocaine and 1000 kilograms or more of marihuana knowing and intending that it would be imported into the United States),  Title 21 United States Code sections  959, 960, and 963, and Title 18 United States Code Section 2;
 
Count two (Distribution of Five Kilograms or more of cocaine intending and knowing that the cocaine will be unlawfully imported into the United States) Title 21 United States Code Section 959 and Aiding and Abetting, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 2;
 
Count three (Distributing Five kilograms or more of cocaine intending and knowing that the cocaine will be unlawfully imported into the United States, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 959, and Aiding and Abetting, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.
 
Of the 11 subjects, Jamie Gonzalez-Duran and Alfredo Rangel Buendia have been arrested by the Government of Mexico.  Both Gonzalez-Duran and Rangel Buendia remain in the custody of the Government of Mexico; the remaining nine remain as federal fugitives. The March 13, 2008, indictment was unsealed on September 17, 2008.   
 
On September 2, 2008, a total of 6 subjects of the Gulf Cartels/Los Zetas international smuggling organization were charged in an indictment in the Federal District of Columbia.  The six individuals indicted were Alejandro Trevino-Morales, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, Hector Sauceda Gamboa, Alfonso Lam-Liu, Eleazar Medina Rojas, and Aurelio Cano-Flores.
 
On the indictment there was one count; Count one (Conspiracy to Manufacture and distribute five Kilograms or more of cocaine and 1000 kilograms or more of marihuana knowing and intending that it would be imported into the United States)  Title 21 United States Code sections  959, 960, and 963, and Title 18 United States Code Section 2. 
 
Of the six subjects, Eleazar Medina Rojas has been arrested by members of the Government of Mexico.  Medina Rojas remains in the custody of Government of Mexico.
 
Of the remaining five subjects, Alfonso Lam-Liu was arrested by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Lam-Liu remains in Federal custody in the United States. 
 
Of the remaining four subjects, Hector Manuel Sauceda Gamboa was killed in February 2009, after engaging in a several-hour-long fire fight with the Government of Mexico’s  Federal “SWAT” Police.  The remaining three federal fugitives remain as federal fugitives.  The September 2, 2008, indictment was unsealed on September 17, 2008.