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Narcotics Rewards Program: Juan Reyes Mejia-Gonzalez

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


Date: 05/20/2009 Description: Juan Reyes Mejia-Gonzalez State Dept Photo
ALIASES: "R-1," "Kike," "Kiki," "Quique"
DOB: November 18, 1975
POB: Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico
HEIGHT: 5’9”
WEIGHT: 140 lbs.

The Gulf Cartel, originally founded in Mexico the 1930s to smuggle whiskey and other illicit commodities into the United States, expanded significantly by the 1970s under Juan Garcia-Abrego, who became the first drug trafficker to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Following his 1996 arrest by Mexican authorities and subsequent deportation to the United States, Oscar Malherbe-De Leon took control of the cartel until his arrest a short time later. He was replaced by Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, who was arrested in 2003, and extradited to the United States in 2007. The Department of State Narcotics Rewards Program played a significant role in the capture of all three of these Gulf Cartel leaders, with reward offers and subsequent reward payments. The Gulf Cartel controls most of the cocaine and marijuana trafficking through the Matamoros, Mexico corridor to the United States.

Los Zetas evolved from a small group of deserters from the Mexican Special Forces, hired by Osiel Cardenas-Guillen for his personal security, into a ruthless security force for the entire Gulf Cartel. Los Zetas also took responsibility for the safe passage of the Gulf Cartel’s cocaine and other drugs from Mexico to the United States and have become a significant drug trafficking organization in their own right. Los Zetas are credited with rising rates of violence within Mexico, largely attributed to turf battles with other drug cartels.

Juan Reyes Mejia-Gonzalez is a Gulf Cartel member responsible for facilitating drug shipments between Central and South American sources of supply for cocaine and the Gulf Cartel transshipment operations in Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, Mexico. He is charged in a 2008 Federal indictment in the District of Columbia with violations of Title 21 USC Sections 959, 960, 963, and Title 18 USC Section 2. Mejia-Gonzalez is also charged in a 2006 indictment in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division for narcotics and money laundering violations.

The U.S. Department of State is currently offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of JUAN REYES MEJIA-GONZALEZ.

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