Eduardo Ravelo- Texas- 2008 (Added in 2009) Jan 14, 2013 13:34:23 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 14, 2013 13:34:23 GMT -5
(Above left: Ravelo, photograph taken in 1998. Right: Age-progression to 2013. Photo Credits: KVIA.com)
Fugitive Profile as of August 18th, 2014 (Based on FBI.gov profile):
Aliases: "Tablas", Eduardo Rabelo, Eduardo Acevedo, Eddie Rabelo, Eduardo Rodriguez, Eddie Ravelo, Eduardo Rabelo Rodriguez, Eduardo Ruiz, Eduardo Simental Ruiz, Eduardo Saenz, "T-Blas", "2x4", "Blas", "Lumberman", "Boards"
Date(s) of Birth Used: October 13, 1968; December 22, 1965; October 15, 1968; November 13, 1968; October 13, 1969
Place of Birth: Mexico
Weight: 150 to 180 pounds
Hair: Black (possibly bald)
Race: White (Hispanic)
Scars and Marks: Ravelo has a scar on his face. He also has tattoos on his chest, abdomen, and back.
Remarks: Ravelo is known to be a Captain (Capo) within the Barrio Azteca criminal enterprise and is allegedly responsible for issuing orders to the Barrio Azteca members residing in Juarez, Mexico. Allegedly, Ravelo and the Barrio Azteca members act as "hitmen" for the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Drug Trafficking Organization and are responsible for numerous murders. Ravelo has ties to Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He may have had plastic surgery and altered his fingerprints.
Tips: If you have any information on the whereabouts of Eduardo Ravelo, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a web tip at tips.fbi.gov
This thread is to discuss FBI top tenner Eduardo Ravelo. Below is his archived AMW case description (very slightly edited). Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments after this OP.
FBI: Drug Gang's Violent Leader Added To Top 10
The FBI has named Eduardo Ravelo -- the reputed leader of the famed Barrio Azteca street gang -- to their Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list on Oct. 21, 2009.
The alleged Mexican gang leader was indicted -- along with 29 other gang members -- in 2008 in a Racketeer Influence and Corruption Organizations case. The FBI says the charges range from murder to extortion to drug trafficking -- and that Ravelo is the “capo” (“captain”) in the violent gang.
The FBI says the gang -- based in Juarez, Mexico -- is in a war with other rival drug cartels and has contributed significantly to the 2,000-plus murders in the city just in 2009. They also say that although Eduardo Ravelo has not been formally been charged with murder, he has “green lighted” many “hits” in the area.
“From everything our intelligence sources tell us, Ravelo is a ruthless killer who has absolutely no regard for human life,” said Special Agent Samantha Mikeska, who has been working Barrio Azteca cases since 2003.
Agents tell AMW that Ravelo operates between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas across the border. They say the Barrio Azteca is affiliated with the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes drug trafficking organization, and has around 600 active members.
The FBI says many of the members are incarcerated in prisons in the United States and Mexico, but manage to stay afloat financially by having the profits of the gang’s illegal rackets deposited into their prison commissary accounts.
“They are well organized and they are dangerous,” said S.A. Mikeska.
That’s why the FBI needs the public’s help in capturing the Barrio Azteca gang’s numero uno: Eduardo Ravelo.
Authorities: Ravelo A Ruthless 'Capo'
Gang members can be identified by their tattoos of Aztec warriors, featuring the number "21" -- two for the second letter of the alphabet, one for the first, signifying "B.A.," or Barrio Azteca.
The group is structured like a traditional organized crime operation, with capos, lieutenants, soldiers and prospects.
Authorities say Ravelo rose to the position of lieutenant due to family ties to drug groups in Juarez, and his emphasis on protocol.
"We hope this finds you well," Ravelo addressed a fellow member in a letter intercepted -- and translated -- by police, "that your health and spirits are stronger than ever, and may Jesus light the path for you at your house. Also, may our Lady of the Americas and the hope of all the human race guide us on our path."
But the formality was simply a cover for Ravelo's brutality, cops say. In 2008, capo David "Chicho" Miraz, fell out of favor with the gang's leadership due to a purported heroin problem. According to police, Ravelo apparently condemns drug use by members -- and has ordered soldiers into rehab centers the Barrio Azteca allegedly runs in Mexico.
Cops say Ravelo also reportedly feared that Miraz might be embezzling money or talking to authorities.
Authorities say Ravelo couldn't take that chance.
Police claim that after Miraz was found dead near a rodeo arena in Juarez -- his boots removed to symbolize his ouster from the gang -- Ravelo was elevated to capo.
Authorities: Ravelo May Have Had Plastic Surgery
Ravelo is also known as “Tablas,” or “wooden board” in Spanish. He has used many different birth dates in the past.
His many aliases includes Eduardo Rodriguez, Eduardo Rabelo, “2x4,” and “T-Blas.”
Agents say Ravelo could have undergone plastic surgery to conceal his identity. They also say he could have altered his fingerprints to elude capture.
The FBI also says Eduardo Ravelo leads a modest lifestyle in order to mask the amounts of wealth he has accumulated over the years.
“We think he’s in Juarez, Mexico,” remarked FBI spokesman S.A. Andrea Simmons. “He may be coming back and forth occasionally. In the last 11 years, we think he’s come back a few times [to El Paso], but for the most part he has been down there.”
Agents also say that Ravelo is very well-protected by a dangerous entourage and could be traveling in armored vehicles.
“Because of his position, it’s understood that he has bodyguards and the protection of police down there,” remarked Special Agent Simmons.
The FBI describes Eduardo Ravelo as standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall and could weigh anywhere between 150 and 180 pounds. They say he has a scar on his face and tattoos on his chest and abdomen.
Authorities say Eduardo “Tablas” Ravelo should be considered armed and dangerous.
“If he gets picked up, it will put a big dent in the gang’s operation,” S.A. Mikeska said. “Ravelo needs to be brought to justice.”
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