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Edgardo Leyva Escandon

Edgardo Leyva Escandón (Born September 17th 1969) is a Mexican national and alleged career criminal. He has been a high-ranking member of the 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 Francisco 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.

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 USD $2 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Edgardo Leyva Escandón.