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FBI’s most wanted possibly in Cancun, Playa del Carmen

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States says that one of their most wanted is possibly in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and are seeking help of the public.

The FBI San Antonio Field Office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of Juan Alberto Mendez. An award of $25,000 USD is being offered for information on the 47-year-old fugitive who they say is formally from Mission, Texas.

The San Antonio office says that Alberto Mendez is an alleged associate of the Gulf Cartel and is wanted for his alleged involvement in US drug racketeering and murder between 2015 and 2018 in Indiana and Texas.

In May of 2018, an arrest warrant for Alberto Mendez was issued by the Southern District Court of Houston, Texas after he was charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering, murder and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and kidnapping resulting in death.

In September of 2015, the District Court of Fort Wayne, Indiana also issued a federal arrest warrant after Mendez was charged with conspiracy to distribute and intent to distribute controlled substances including heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

The FBI says Mendez has brown hair, brown eyes and is approximately 5’7” to 5’8” in height. He weights 189 to 250 pounds and has scars on his abdomen, chin, head, right knee, and right forearm as well as a mole on his right cheek and is known to wear glasses.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that Alberto Mendez has ties to several areas of Mexico including Cancun and Playa del Carmen and is asking the public to help locate him. If seen, call the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office, McAllen Resident Agency at 956-984-6300.

Juan Alberto Mendez is considered armed and dangerous.