U.S. Actions Targeting Transnational Criminals for Illicit Fentanyl Activity – United States Department of State

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According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Sinaloa Cartel is largely responsible for the massive influx of fentanyl into the U.S. over the past several years.

One faction of the Sinaloa Cartel trafficking fentanyl is led by Leobardo Garcia Corrales, a/k/a “Leo.” Leobardo Garcia Corrales has described himself as a close associate of Ismael Zambada Garcia and Joaquin Archivaldo Guzmán Loera.

Approximately August 11, 2022, Leobardo Garcia Corrales divulged his involvement in fentanyl trafficking in a meeting at a ranch in Sinaloa, Mexico, at which he was protected by armed guards carrying AK-47s.  During the meeting, Leobardo Garcia Corrales negotiated the sale of fentanyl in the U.S., ordered his workers to retrieve and display a sample kilogram of fentanyl, and stated that he had recently produced approximately 1,000 kilograms of fentanyl.  He then offered to mail fentanyl to New York for $15,000 per kilogram.  In approximately 2022, Leobardo Garcia Corrales facilitated the sale of approximately ten kilograms of fentanyl that were delivered in California.

On April 4, 2023, a federal grand jury sitting in the Southern District of New York returned an indictment against Leobardo Garcia Corrales and others charging them with Fentanyl Importation Conspiracy, Possession of Machineguns & Destructive Devices, and Conspiracy to Possess Machineguns & Destructive Devices.

The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $4 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Leobardo Garcia Corrales.

If you have information, please contact the DEA via email at ChapitosTips@dea.gov.  If you are located outside of the U.S., you may also visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  If in the U.S., you can contact the local DEA office in your city.

ALL IDENTITIES ARE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Government officials and employees are not eligible for rewards.

U.S. Department of State

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