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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 1998

RECORD $2.2 MILLION REWARD ANNOUNCED FOR CAPTURE OF FUGITIVE WANTED FOR THE 1994 MURDER OF A DEA AGENT

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Thomas A. Constantine, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Louis Freeh, and Department of State Acting Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Rand Beers are joining together to announce a reward of up to $2.2 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Mexican fugitive Augustin VASQUEZ Mendoza, believed to have been responsible for the 1994 murder of DEA Special Agent Richard Fass.

photograph of Special Agent FassDEA, FBI and State Department sealsAccording to Constantine, "Special Agent Fass was murdered by VASQUEZ Mendoza and his criminalassociates. The two triggermen were arrested as they fled the scene and the third accomplice was captured in Los Angeles a few days later. The criminal mastermind VASQUEZ Mendoza escaped. We are committing all our resources to capturing this murderous coward. The sizeable reward we are announcing today should bring in new leads and bolster our efforts to locate and deliver VASQUEZ Mendoza to justice."

Following undercover negotiations between Special Agent Fass and VASQUEZ Mendoza for the purchase of 22 pounds of methamphetamine for $160,000, Special Agent Fass was fatally wounded by VASQUEZ Mendoza’s henchmen during the undercover drug buy. Federal and state authorities investigating the murder concluded that VASQUEZ Mendoza intended to rob and murder Special Agent Fass all along. After the murder, VASQUEZ Mendoza fled to Mexico, where he is still believed to be hiding.

FBI Director Freeh stated, "VASQUEZ Mendoza is on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List for his participation in the June 30, 1994 murder of DEA Special Agent Richard Fass in Glendale, Arizona. We are extremely pleased that the earlier DEA and FBI reward offer of $250,000 has been increased substantially through the State Department’s Counternarcotics Rewards Program."

Acting Assistant Secretary Beers said he was "pleased to announce that the Department of State is offering a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of international narcotics trafficker Augustin VASQUEZ Mendoza. The Counternarcotics Rewards Program, established by statute in 1986, is one of the most effective tools available to aid law enforcement in the capture of major narcotics traffickers who import hundreds of tons of drugs into our country each year. Because Augustin VASQUEZ Mendoza is also alleged to have been a participant in the 1994 murder of DEA Special Agent Richard Fass, we wanted to use this program to show how serious we are about ensuring his capture and arrest."

Wanted posters of VASQUEZ Mendoza with the reward offer of up to $2.2 million are displayed throughout the border states -- Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and California, and posted on the DEA, FBI, and State Department Internet sites. Agents are manning telephones at the DEA Field Office in Phoenix, Arizona around the clock to receive leads that may result in the capture of VASQUEZ Mendoza. Callers should phone toll free U.S. telephone number 1-888-853-4961 or collect at 1-602-241-5183.

In addition, the popular Fox TV program "AMERICA’S MOST WANTED" will broadcast an updated segment U.S. law enforcement efforts to locate fugitive VASQUEZ Mendoza, emphasizing the increased reward, and providing toll free numbers to call with information leading to the capture of this notorious drug criminal and alleged murderer. "With this reward and all the publicity, we expect that VASQUEZ Mendoza’s days as a ‘free man’ are numbered," Constantine concluded.


REWARD

OF UP TO

$2.2 MILLION DOLLARS

AGUSTIN VASQUEZ MENDOZA

photograph of Agustin Vasquez Mendoza

WANTED BY THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA) AND THE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

FOR THE MURDER OF A DEA SPECIAL AGENT

ALIASES: ANICETO CRUZ-ZUNIGA AND FERNANDO
DATES OF BIRTH USED: 3/23/74, 10/1/69, AND 10/1/72
PLACE OF BIRTH: MICHOACAN, MEXICO
NATIONALITY: MEXICAN; HEIGHT: 5' 3"; WEIGHT: 110 LBS.
HAIR COLOR: BROWN EYE COLOR: BROWN
SCAR: RIGHT FOREARM; MAY HAVE TWO SILVER FRONT TEETH

PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL DEA OR FBI OFFICE WITH ANY INFORMATION.

TOLL FREE 1-888-853-4961 OR 1-602-241-5183

 


RECOMPENSA HASTA
$2.2 MILLONES DE DOLARES

(17,600,000.00 NUEVOS PESOS MEXICANOS)

SE SOLICITA POR LA DEA Y LA FBI

POR HOMICIDIO DE UN AGENTE FEDERAL NORTE AMERICANO

 photograph of Agustin Vasquez-Mendoza

 AGUSTIN VASQUEZ-MENDOZA

ALIAS: ANICETO CRUZ-ZUNIGA, "FERNANDO"
FECHAS DE NACIMIENTO UTILIZADAS: 23/03/74, 01/10/69, E 01/10/72
LUGAR DE NACIMIENTO: MICHOACAN, MEXICO
NACIONALIDAD: MEXICANO
ESTATURA: 1.6 METROS PESA: 49 KILOS
PELO: CAFE OJOS: CAFE COLOR DE PIEL: MORENO
CICATRIZ: ANTEBRAZO DERECHO
EL SUJETO PODIA TENER DOS DIENTES ENFRENTE DE PLATA

 

POR FAVOR LLAME SU OFICINA LOCAL DE LA DEA O LA FBI
CON CUALQUIER INFORMACION

SIN COBRAR LLAME 1-888-853-4961 O 1-602-241-5183

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