Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias "El Viceroy," inherited the Juarez Cartel, then Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organization, when his brother Amado died in 1997. He has struggled to maintain control of his domain, battling rivals and fighting off upstarts in his own group, before his capture on October 9, 2014.
The brother of the famed Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Vicente ran the cartel's security operation for a time. After his brother Amado died during plastic surgery in 1997, Vicente took over what was then the country’s most powerful cartel. However, his attempts to forge a "federation" similar to his brother's model failed. Indeed, Vicente faced a nearly constant onslaught of competition from rival cartels, most notably the Sinaloa Cartel, which waged a brutal war against Carillo Fuentes for control of Ciudad Juarez. Still, his longtime connections with local police and politicians and his increasing use of gangs like the Aztecas, who have a strong reach into the United States, kept him from crumbling under the pressure.
However, on October 9, 2014, Carillo Fuentes' luck finally ran out and he was captured by Mexican authorities in Torreon, Coahuila. The US authorities have filed a request for his extradition but after a judicial ruling in September 2015, the order was suspended and he remains incarcerated in Mexico.