U.S. Actions Targeting Transnational Criminals for Illicit Fentanyl Activity – United States Department of State
Oscar Noe Medina Gonzalez, a/k/a “Panu,” is the principal deputy for Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, a high-level leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and the day-to-day commander of Guzman Salzar’s and his brothers’ – the Chapitos’ – security apparatus. Medina Gonzalez oversees each of the Chapitos’ regional commanders, who are responsible for security in their designated areas of Mexico, and the Chapitos’ gunmen — the sicarios — who are dispatched where needed to protect the Chapitos’ fentanyl trafficking operations, assassinate rival cartel members, demolish unsupportive businesses, capture contested territory, intimidate civilians, and attack law enforcement, in furtherance of the Cartel’s fentanyl trafficking business.
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.
On April 4, 2023, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York returned an indictment against Oscar Noe Medina Gonzalez and others charging them with engaging in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Fentanyl Importation Conspiracy, Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy, Possession of Machineguns & Destructive Devices, Conspiracy to Possess Machineguns & Destructive Devices, and Money Laundering Conspiracy.
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 Oscar Noe Medina Gonzalez.
If you have information, please contact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 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.
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Government officials and employees are not eligible for rewards.