List of Mexico's 37 most-wanted drug lords

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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."[1][2] 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 (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars) for the capture of each of the fugitives.[2][3][4] The United States also offers rewards for two of them.[5] The most-wanted of the 37 drug lords was Joaquín Guzmán Loera, for whom Mexican and U.S. governments offered a total bounty of 7 million USD.[6] He was captured on 22 February 2014 in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, where he was staying at a hotel.[7] 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.[8]

Recent events[edit]

As of 18 January 2011, Mexico had captured or killed 20 of the 37 in the most-wanted list.[9] The 21 June 2011 arrest of José de Jesús Méndez Vargas,[10] a.k.a. "El Chango", brought the total to twenty-one captured or killed.[11][12] 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.[11][12][13] On 26 September 2012, Iván Velázquez Caballero was captured by Mexican security forces, bringing the total captured or killed so far to 24.[14] Then the 7 October 2012 killing of Heriberto Lazcano brought this total to 25 captured or killed so far.[15]

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,[16] bringing the total captured or killed so far to 26. Then, the 27 January 2014 apprehension of Dionisio Loya Plancarte,[17] 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.[18] 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[edit]

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

Beltrán-Leyva Cartel[edit]

La Familia Michoacana/Knights Templar Cartel[edit]

Gulf Cartel[edit]

Juárez Cartel[edit]

Sinaloa Cartel[edit]

Tijuana Cartel[edit]

Los Zetas[edit]

Gulf Cartel[edit]

Juárez Cartel[edit]

Los Zetas[edit]


No. Cartel Name Alias Reward (Mexican pesos) Status Date of status
1 Beltrán-Leyva Arturo Beltrán Leyva El Barbas $30M Killed 2009-12-16[21]
2 Beltrán-Leyva Héctor Beltrán Leyva El General $30M Captured 2014-10-01[23]
3 Beltrán-Leyva Sergio Villarreal Barragán El Grande $30M Captured 2010-09-13[24]
4 Beltrán-Leyva Edgar Valdez Villarreal La Barbie $30M Captured 2010-08-31[28][29]
5 Beltrán-Leyva Francisco Hernández García El 2000 $15M Captured 2011-11-04[75]
6 Beltrán-Leyva Alberto Pineda Villa El Borrado $15M Killed 2009-09-12[76][90]
7 Beltrán-Leyva Marco Antonio Pineda Villa El MP $15M Killed 2009-09-12[78]
8 Beltrán-Leyva Héctor Huerta Ríos La Burra $15M Captured 2009-03-25[79]
9 La Familia Michoacana Nazario Moreno González El Chayo $30M Killed 2014-03-09[32]
10 La Familia Michoacana Servando Gómez Martínez La Tuta $30M Captured 2015-02-27[34]
11 La Familia Michoacana José de Jesús Méndez Vargas El Chango $30M Captured 2011-06-21[10]
12 La Familia Michoacana Dionisio Loya Plancarte El Tío $30M Captured 2014-01-27[17]
13 Los Zetas Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano Z-3 $30M Killed 2012-10-07[15]
14 Gulf Cartel Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez El Coss $30M Captured 2012-09-12[91]
15 Gulf Cartel Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén Tony Tormenta $30M Killed 2010-11-05[39][40]
16 Los Zetas Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales Z-40 $30M Captured 2013-07-15[16]
17 Los Zetas Omar Treviño Morales L-42 $30M Captured 2015-03-04[70]
18 Los Zetas Iván Velázquez Caballero L-50 $30M Captured 2012-09-26[92]
19 Los Zetas Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa El Goyo $30M Captured 2009-04-30[74]
20 Gulf Cartel Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes El Canicón $15M Captured 2009-03-23[80]
21 Los Zetas Ricardo Almanza Morales El Gori I $15M Killed 2009-12-04[85]
22 Los Zetas Eduardo Almanza Morales El Gori II $15M Fugitive -
23 Los Zetas Raymundo Almanza Morales El Gori III $15M Captured 2009-05-22[86]
24 Los Zetas Flavio Méndez Santiago El Amarillo $15M Captured 2011-01-18[88]
25 Los Zetas Sergio Peña Solís El Concord $15M Captured 2009-03-14[89]
26 Los Zetas Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga El Lucky $15M Captured 2011-12-12[13]
27 Gulf Cartel Sergio Enrique Ruiz Tlapanco El Tlapa $15M Captured 2009-09-08[81][82][83]
28 Juárez Cartel Vicente Carrillo Fuentes El Viceroy $30M Captured 2014-10-09[42][43]
29 Juárez Cartel Vicente Carrillo Leyva El Ingeniero $30M Captured 2009-04-03[45]
30 Juárez Cartel Juan Pablo Ledesma El JL $15M Fugitive -
31 Sinaloa Cartel Joaquín Guzmán Loera El Chapo $30M Recaptured 2016-01-08[8]
32 Sinaloa Cartel Ismael Zambada García El Mayo Zambada $30M Fugitive -
33 Sinaloa Cartel Ignacio Coronel Villarreal El Nacho Coronel $30M Killed 2010-07-29[51]
34 Sinaloa Cartel Juan José Esparragoza Moreno El Azul $30M Allegedly dead -
35 Sinaloa Cartel Vicente Zambada Niebla El Vicentillo $30M Captured 2009-03-19[55]
36 Tijuana Cartel Teodoro García Simental El Teo $30M Captured 2010-01-12[58][60]
37 Tijuana Cartel Fernando Sánchez Arellano El Ingeniero $30M Captured 2014-06-23[63]

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