Edgardo Leyva Escandón

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Edgardo Leyva Escandón
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Edgardo Leyva Escandón as depicted in the U.S. Department of State Narcotics Rewards Program
Born (1969-09-17) September 17, 1969 (age 49)
Other names24, El 24
OccupationIllegal drug trafficker, hitman
EmployerTijuana Cartel
Height5’ 11"
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
US$2 million reward.

Edgardo Leyva Escandón is a Mexican national and alleged career criminal. He has been a high-ranking member of the Tijuana Cartel (Arellano-Félix Organization) since approximately 1994. He has reportedly served the Tijuana Cartel as a personal assistant to its leaders, as a trained sniper to carry out assassinations against cartel rivals, and as one of the primary suppliers of weapons and ammunition utilized by the cartel.


Since the August 16, 2006 capture of Javier Arellano Félix, Leyva Escandón has kept a low profile and is still a fugitive from justice. In October 2009 all of his accounts were frozen under the Kingpin Act. The Act further prohibits anyone from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Edgardo Leyva Escandon.[1]

Leyva-Escandon has been indicted in the Southern District of California, United States, for unlawfully possessing large quantities of ammunition. The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to US$2 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Edgardo Leyva Escandón.[2][3][4]

Kingpin Act sanction[edit]

On 22 October 2009, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Leyva Escandón under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (sometimes referred to simply as the "Kingpin Act"), for his involvement in drug trafficking along with five other international criminals and one entity.[5] The act prohibited U.S. citizens and companies from doing any kind of business activity with him, and virtually froze all his assets in the U.S.[6]


  1. ^ Edgardo Leyva Escandon Narcotic News (2009)
  2. ^ US State Department Profile Retrieved July 21, 2009.
  3. ^ DEA FUGITIVE: LEYVA-Escandon, Edgardo
  4. ^ Fugitive Watch: Wanted by the State Department ABC News (April 18, 2008)
  5. ^ "DESIGNATIONS PURSUANT TO THE FOREIGN NARCOTICS KINGPIN DESIGNATION ACT" (PDF). United States Department of the Treasury. 15 May 2014. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  6. ^ "An overview of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act" (PDF). United States Department of the Treasury. 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.