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Mexican authorities arrest “El Tablas” – founding leader of Barrio Azteca and one of FBI’s top ten most wanted

July 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest “El Tablas” –  founding leader of Barrio Azteca and one of FBI’s top ten most wanted

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Mexican authorities announced the capture of Eduardo Ravelo, also known as “El Tablas” the top leader of the Barrio Azteca gang and one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives during an operation in Michoacan.

In a statement, the Attorney General of Mexico (PGR) said Mexican military units and the PGR’s Criminal Investigation Agency secured the capture during an operation last week in the municipality of Uruapan, Michoacan.

According to local reports, agents also secured the seizure of numerous firearms, munitions of various rounds along with several vehicles, and crystal methamphetamine during the raid.

Following his arrest, “El Tablas” appeared in a Mexican federal court where he was charged with numerous organized crime-related offense including drug and human trafficking along with kidnapping and firearms offenses, Proceso reported.

Additionally, the Mexican government will reportedly initiate proceedings to extradite Ravelo to the United States where he is charged in connection with the murders of a pregnant U.S. Consulate employee, her husband, and their acquaintance in Ciudad Juarez back in 2010.

U.S. and Mexican authorities identify Eduardo Ravelo as the founding leader of Barrio Azteca, an armed enforcement wing of the Juarez Drug Cartel.

Law enforcement officials said the high ranking capo operated armed cells in the Texas border region surrounding Eagle Pass and Midland-Odesa, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

“El Tablas” also oversaw criminal operations in Uruapan.

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