Edgardo Leyva Escandón

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Edgardo Leyva Escandón
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Edgardo Leyva Escandón as depicted in the U.S. Department of State Narcotics Rewards Program
Born (1969-09-17) September 17, 1969 (age 45)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Occupation Illegal drug trafficker, hitman
Employer Tijuana Cartel
Height 5’ 11"
Weight 175 pounds
US$2 million reward.

Edgardo Leyva Escandón is a Mexican national and alleged career criminal. He has been a high-ranking member of the Tijuana Cartel (Arellano-Félix Organization) since approximately 1994. He has reportedly served the Tijuana Cartel as a personal assistant to its leaders, as a trained sniper to carry out assassinations against cartel rivals, and as one of the primary suppliers of weapons and ammunition utilized by the cartel.


Since the August 16, 2006 capture of Javier Arellano Félix, Leyva Escandón has kept a low profile and is still a fugitive from justice. In October 2009 all of his accounts were frozen under the Kingpin Act. The Act further prohibits anyone from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Edgardo Leyva Escandon.[1]

Leyva-Escandon has been indicted in the Southern District of California, United States, for unlawfully possessing large quantities of ammunition. The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to US$2 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Edgardo Leyva Escandón.[2][3][4]

Kingpin Act sanction[edit]

On 22 October 2009, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Leyva Escandón under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (sometimes referred to simply as the "Kingpin Act"), for his involvement in drug trafficking along with five other international criminals and one entity.[5] The act prohibited U.S. citizens and companies from doing any king of business activity with him, and virtually froze all his assets in the U.S.[6]