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This is a list of Mexico's 37 most-wanted drug lords as published by Mexican federal authorities on 23 March 2009. According to a ''BBC Mundo'' Mexico report, the 37 drug lords "have jeopardized México national security." As of 8 January 2016, 25 drug lords have been captured, eight have been killed and four remain fugitives. The list of drug lords is grouped by their drug cartels. Mexico offers up to 30 million pesos for the capture of each of the fugitives.''PROCURADURIA GENERAL DE LA REPUBLICA: Acuerdo Específico del Procurador General de la República, por el que se ofrece recompensa a quien o quienes proporcionen información relevante y útil, que auxilie eficientemente para la localización y detención de las personas que en el mismo se indican.''
Procuraduria General de la Republica. Mexico City, Mexico. 23 March 2009.
The United States also offers rewards for two of them. The most-wanted of the 37 drug lords was Joaquín Guzmán Loera, for whom Mexican and U.S. governments offered a total bounty of US$7 million. He was captured on 22 February 2014 in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, where he was staying at a hotel. He escaped yet again on 11 July 2015 through a 1.5 kilometer long tunnel from his cell in the Mexican maximum security prison he had been housed in. Guzmán was recaptured by Mexican Marines following a gun battle on 8 January 2016.


Recent events

As of 18 January 2011, Mexico had captured or killed 20 of the 37 in the most-wanted list. ''"El Amarillo", entre los 29 narcos más buscados en México.''
El Universal. El Universal. 18 January 2011. "Vanguardia" Coahuila, Mexico. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
The 21 June 2011 arrest of José de Jesús Méndez Vargas,''La Familia drug cartel defeated, says Mexico.''
Sara Miller Llana. The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, Massachusetts. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
a.k.a. "El Chango", brought the total to twenty-one captured or killed. On 4 November 2011, Francisco Hernández García was captured bringing the total to 22 captured or killed. A leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Raúl Hernández Lechuga was captured on 12 December 2011, which brought the total to 23 captured or killed so far. On 26 September 2012, Iván Velázquez Caballero was captured by Mexican security forces, bringing the total captured or killed so far to 24.''Mexico Zetas drug lord Ivan Velazquez Caballero captured, police say: One of Mexico's most wanted drugs traffickers has been arrested, security forces say.''
BBC News. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
Then 7 October 2012 killing of Heriberto Lazcano brought this total to 25 captured or killed so far. On 15 July 2013, Miguel Treviño Morales was apprehended by the Mexican Marines in a town called Anáhuac, Nuevo León, near the border of the state of Tamaulipas, bringing the total captured or killed so far to 26. Then, the 27 January 2014 apprehension of Dionisio Loya Plancarte,''Mexico nabs cartel leader Dionicio Loya Plancarte: The drug cartel leader had a $2.25 million reward on his head from the Mexican government.''
USA Today. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
a.k.a. "El Tío", brought the total captured or killed to 27, and leaving the Mexican government with 10 such fugitives still on the loose. On 23 June 2014, Fernando Sánchez Arellano was arrested by soldiers of the Mexican Army and federal agents of the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) at the La Mesa borough of Tijuana, Baja California, bringing the total captured or killed so far to 28. Héctor Beltrán Leyva was arrested by the Mexican Army on 1 October 2014 inside a restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, bringing the total captured or killed to 29. Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was arrested by Mexican authorities in Torreón (Coahuila) on 9 October 2014, bringing the total captured or killed to 30. On 27 February 2015, Servando Gómez Martínez, the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, was arrested by Mexican security forces in Morelia, Michoacán, bringing the total captured or killed to 31. On 4 March 2015, Omar Treviño Morales was captured inside a residence in Fuentes del Valle, an upper-class neighborhood in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, by the Federal Police and the Mexican Army bringing the total captured or killed to 32. On 8 January 2016, Mexican Marines captured Joaquín Guzmán Loera after a heavy firefight in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, bringing the total captured or killed to 33.

30 million pesos rewards

Mexico offers up to 30 million pesos (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars in 2009) for each of the following:

Beltrán-Leyva Cartel

* Arturo Beltrán Leyva, a.k.a. "Jefe de Jefes", "El Barbas",''Perfil de Arturo Beltrán Leyva: La Muerte, El Barbas o El Botas Blancas, como también se le conocía, se convirtió en el líder del cártel de Sinaloa y aparecía en la lista de los narcotraficantes más buscados del mundo.''
El Universal. Mexico City, Mexico. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"El Botas Blancas", "La Muerte" – Killed on 16 December 2009''Mexican Cartel Boss Killed in Huge Raid.''
CBS News. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
* Héctor Beltrán Leyva, a.k.a. "El Ingeniero",''Narcotics Rewards Program: Hector Beltran-Leyva.''
U.S. Department of State. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"El H", "El General" – Captured on 1 October 2014 – Died on 18 November 2018 * Sergio Villarreal Barragán, a.k.a. "El Grande"''Sergio Villarreal Barragan: Capture of “El Grande” helps Mexico's president''
Sara Miller Llana. Christian Science Monitor. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"Comeniños",
María de la Luz González. El Universal. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
King Kong – Captured on 13 September 2010 * Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a.k.a. "La Barbie",''Narcotics Rewards Program: Edgar Valdez-Villarreal.''
U.S. Department of State. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"El Comandante", "El Güero" – Captured on 31 August 2010

La Familia Michoacana/Knights Templar Cartel

* Nazario Moreno González, a.k.a. "El Chayo",''Perfil Nazario Moreno González, el adoctrinador: El Chayo, El doctor o El más loco compartía el liderazgo de La Familia Michoacana con José de Jesús Méndez Vargas alias El Chango.''
Mexico City, Mexico. 10 December 2010. El Universal. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"El Doctor", "El Más Loco" – Killed on 9 March 2014 * Servando Gómez Martínez, a.k.a. "El Profe",''“La Tuta” cobra como maestro: Servando Gómez tiene una plaza de docente y en el primer trimestre de 2010 recibió ingresos brutos por 51 mil 811 pesos. En los detalles de su ficha en la página de la SEP, se informa que Gómez Martínez no tiene un perfíl académico pero cuenta con 15 años de servicio.''
8 December 2010. El Universal. Mexico City, Mexico. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"La Tuta" – Captured on 27 February 2015 * José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, a.k.a. "El Chango" – Captured on 21 June 2011 * Dionisio Loya Plancarte, a.k.a. "El Tío" – Captured on 27 January 2014

Gulf Cartel

* Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez, a.k.a. "El Coss"''“El Coss”, nuevo “amo” del grupo.''
Francisco Gómez. El Universal. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
– Captured on 12 September 2012 * Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, a.k.a. "Tony Tormenta" – Killed on 5 November 2010 * Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes, a.k.a. "El Canicón" – Captured on 23 March 2009 – Died on 7 September 2015 * Sergio Enrique Ruiz Tlapanco, a.k.a. "El Tlapa" – Captured on 8 September 2009

Juárez Cartel

* Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, a.k.a. "El Viceroy",''Top Mexican drug cartel suspect arrested, officials say.''
CNN. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"El General" – Captured on 9 October 2014 * Vicente Carrillo Leyva, a.k.a. "El Ingeniero" – Captured on 3 April 2009 * Juan Pablo Ledezma, a.k.a. "El JL".

Sinaloa Cartel

* Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a.k.a. "El Chapo" – Captured on 22 February 2014 – Escaped on 11 July 2015 – Recaptured on 8 January 2016 * Ismael Zambada García, a.k.a. "El Mayo", "El M-Z",''“El Mayo” dice que Calderón perderá la guerra antinarco.''
El Informador. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
"El Padrino" * Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, a.k.a. "El Nacho" – Killed on 29 July 2010 * Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, a.k.a. "El Azul" – Allegedly died on 7 June 2014 * Vicente Zambada Niebla, a.k.a. "El Vicentillo" – Captured on 19 March 2009

Tijuana Cartel

* Teodoro García Simental, a.k.a. "El Teo", "El Lalo",''El fiscal de la SIEDO obtuvo nuevo auto de formal prision contra Teodoro Garcia Simental, alias "El Teo".''
Procuraduria General de la Republica. Mexico City, Mexico. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
"El Alamo", "El K-1",
El Universal. Mexico City, Mexico. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
"El Tres Letras" – Captured on 12 January 2010Mexican drug lord Teodoro Garcia Simental, known for his savagery, is captured
(12 January 2010)
* Fernando Sánchez Arellano, a.k.a. "El Ingeniero", "El Alineador" – Captured on 23 June 2014

Los Zetas

* Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, a.k.a. "El Lazca", "Z-3",''Top 10 Notorious Mexican Drug Lords.''
TIME. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
"El Verdugo"
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
(English: "The Executioner"), "El Bronce", "El Pitirijas", "Licenciado" – Killed on 7 October 2012
CNN. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
* Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, a.k.a. "L40" ("40", "Cuarenta", "L-40", "Comandante 40") – Captured on 15 July 2013 * Omar Treviño Morales, a.k.a. "L-42" – Captured on 4 March 2015 * Iván Velázquez Caballero, a.k.a. "El Talibán", "L-50" – Captured on 26 September 2012 * Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa, a.k.a. "El Goyo", "Metro-2", "Caramuela" – Captured on 30 April 2009''Atrapan en Chihuahua a Francisco Hernández García, alias "El 2000".''
8 November 2011.
* Alberto Pineda Villa, a.k.a. "El Borrado" – Killed on 12 September 2009
* Marco Antonio Pineda Villa, a.k.a. "El MP" – Killed on 12 September 2009''Despliegan autoridades municipales, estatales y federales un operativo en la Procuraduría.''
El Diario de Morelos. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
* Héctor Huerta Ríos, a.k.a. "La Burra", "El Junior" – Captured on 25 March 2009 – Killed on 4 July 2019 * Ricardo Almanza Morales, a.k.a. "El Gori I"''Se Buscan.''
Alfredo Méndez. La Jornada. Mexico City, Mexico. 24 March 2009. p. 4. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
– Killed on 4 December 2009
Catherine E. Shoichet (Associated Press). Seattle Times. Seattle, WA. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
* Eduardo Almanza Morales, a.k.a. "El Gori II" * Raymundo Almanza Morales, a.k.a. "El Gori III" – Captured on 22 May 2009''Cae operador del cártel del Golfo en Monterrey: Raymundo Almanza Morales, alias "El Gori", uno de los principales lugartenientes del cártel del Golfo, fue detenido en Monterrey, Nuevo León, informó la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena).''
Nubia Maya. El Universal. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
* Flavio Méndez Santiago, a.k.a. "El Amarillo" – Captured on 18 January 2011NPR News
''Mexico announces capture of one of the founders of Los Zetas.''
CNN News. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
* Sergio Peña Solís, a.k.a. "El Concord", "El Colosio" – Captured on 14 March 2009''La Policía Federal captura a Sergio Peña Mendoza, alias “El Concord” presunto operador de “Los Zetas” en Reynosa.''
Secretaría de Seguridad Pública. Mexico City, Mexico. Press Release 120/09. 14 March 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
* Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga, a.k.a. "El Lucky" – Captured 12 December 2011

Summary



See also

* List of fugitives from justice who disappeared * Mexican Drug War * Timeline of the Mexican Drug War Policing: * Rurales * Federales * Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (Mexico) * Mérida Initiative * Attorney General of Mexico (''Procuraduría General de la República'') General: * Crime in Mexico * The World's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives

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''Original Rewards Press Release by PROCURADURIA GENERAL DE LA REPUBLICA, dated 23 March 2009.''Mug shots and bio of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera
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