Edgardo Leyva Escandon
Cartel Affiliation: Arellano-Felix Organization & Tijuana Cartel
Edgardo Leyva Escandon is and has been a high ranking member of the Arellano-Felix cartel since 1994. He has a two million dollar reward for information leading to his arrest. He disappeared in August, 2006 and is still at large.
In July, 2006 after the arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Felix upon the Dock Holiday yacht, Escandon's house was searched. Escandon helped procure this vessel utilized by the AFO (Arellano-Felix Organization). No one was at Escandon's residence in the United States when it was searched. However, during that search officals seized parts for an Uzi submachine gun, radio transmitters, bugging devices, and 478 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.
He faces six accounts fo possessing thousands of rounds of ammunition while in the United States on a visitor's visa. In his defense Escandon's father says he is merely an accountant with a wife and three children.
He is known to be a personal assistant to many of the leaders of the cartel. He is a trained sniper to carry out assasinations against rival cartels. Escandon is also the primary supplier of weapons and ammunition for the cartel.
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.