Three DEA El Paso Fugitives Extradited from Mexico
DEC 11 -- EL PASO – Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and John Murphy, United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, announced today, December 11, 2010, that Jose Rodolfo ESCAJEDA, aka “Rikin,” was extradited by Mexico to the United States to stand trial on marijuana and cocaine trafficking charges. On this same date, as the result of a separate DEA investigation, Sergio Humberto LUJAN and Marco Antonio LUJAN also were extradited by Mexico to the United States to be sentenced on federal cocaine trafficking charges. The United States Marshals Service facilitated these extraditions.
ESCAJEDA and his drug trafficking organization (DTO) were the subjects of a DEA-led Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, which resulted in his December 2006 indictment in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. The ESCAJEDA DTO is based in Guadalupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, from which ESCAJEDA is alleged to have controlled a broad drug trafficking corridor and has been responsible for the transportation, storage, and importation of large quantities of marijuana and cocaine for Mexican cartels in the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez area. The United States formally sought ESCAJEDA’s extradition following his arrest by Mexican authorities in September 2009.
The LUJANs were members of a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing large quantities of narcotics on the streets of El Paso, Texas. On January 14, 2009, Sergio Humberto LUJAN and Marco Antonio LUJAN pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in El Paso but thereafter failed to appear for sentencing as ordered by the court. In February 2010, the LUJANs were arrested in Mexico for extradition to the United States.
“The extraditions in these cases demonstrate the Mexican Government’s ongoing commitment to bringing drug traffickers to justice -- on both sides of the border,” said SAC Joseph Arabit.