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.
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.
DOB: September 17, 1969
Group: Tijuana Cartel
Criminal Activities: Assassination, arms trafficking
Status: At large
Area of Operation: Tijuana, Mexico
According to the United States government, 24 has worked as a sniper, contract killer and arms supplier for the Tijuana Cartel.
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.
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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