Edgardo Leyva Escandon, alias ’24’

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    Edgardo Leyva Escandon, alias “24” has worked with Mexico’s Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization (AFO), since 1994, and is a specialist in arms and security. The United States has been seeking his capture since at least 2009.

    History

    Edgardo Levya Escandon, alias “24,” began working with the Tijuana Cartel as an enforcer in 1994. US officials have alleged he was the group’s main ammunition and firearms supplier. He has been on the run since the capture of the Tijuana Cartel’s leader, Javier Arellano Feliz, in 2006.

    24 Factbox

    DOB: September 17, 1969

    Group: Tijuana Cartel

    Criminal Activities: Assassination, arms trafficking

    Status: At large

    Area of Operation: Tijuana, Mexico

     

    Criminal Activities

    According to the United States government, 24 has worked as a sniper, contract killer and arms supplier for the Tijuana Cartel.

    Geography

    The Tijuana Cartel primarily operates in the city of Tijuana along the US/Mexico border, using its location to smuggle drugs into Southern California.

    Allies and Enemies

    While the Tijuana Cartel is suspected of having a truce with the Sinaloa Cartel, reports have suggested the two groups may now be at odds.

    Prospects

    24 is wanted by both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In October 2009, his assests were frozen under the Kingpin Act, and the US Department of State has offered a $2 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

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