Narcotics Rewards Program

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

WANTED: Ismael Mario Zambada-Garcia

Ismael Zambada-Garcia

NAME: Ismael Mario Zambada-Garcia
ALIASES: El Mayo, El Ingeniero Quinto, Jesus Loaiza Avendano, Javier Garcia-Hernandez, Ismael Higuera-Renteria, Ismael Zambada-Garcia, Mayo Zambada
DOB: January 1, 1948
POB: Mexico
NATIONALITY: Mexican
CITIZENSHIP: Mexico
HEIGHT: 5’9”
WEIGHT: 160 pounds
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
SCARS, TATTOOS, OR MARKS: Unknown

Ismael Mario Zambada-Garcia, one of Mexico’s most wanted criminals, gained notoriety in the 1990's as a major coordinator for several Mexican drug trafficking organizations and as a principal member of the Amado Carrillo-Fuentes Organization. In the late 1990’s, Zambada-Garcia emerged as one of the strongest drug traffickers in Mexico, capable of transporting multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana and multi-kilogram quantities of heroin. Zambada-Garcia allegedly operates primarily in the States of Sinaloa and Nayarit, but exerts influence along a large portion of Mexico’s Pacific coast, as well as in Cancun, Quintana Roo, and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

The Zambada-Garcia Organization allegedly receives multi-ton quantities of cocaine, via maritime means from Colombian sources of supply. After receipt of the cocaine, the Zambada-Garcia Organization allegedly uses a variety of methods, including airplanes, trucks, and cars to transport the cocaine to the United State-Mexico border. Members of the Zambada-Garcia Organization allegedly smuggles the cocaine to distribution cells, including major cells in Arizona, California, Chicago, and New York.

The Zambada-Garcia Organization, as with other major Mexican organizations, allegedly relies on currency shipments to move drug proceeds across the United States-Mexico border. Zambada-Garcia allegedly has invested in a number of businesses within Mexico and has extensive real estate holdings.

Zambada-Garcia was indicted on January 28, 2003, by a Washington D.C. Federal Grand Jury for violations of Title 21 U.S.C. Section 959 and 963. This indictment was unsealed in late July 2003. A provisional arrest warrant was issued pursuant to this indictment.

The United States Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Ismael Zambada-Garcia.

If you have information and are located outside of the United States, please contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate. If in the United States, please contact the local Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in your city. Government officials and employees are not eligible for rewards.

ALL IDENTITIES ARE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.