DEA Map of Gulf Cartel operations
Once led by Juan Garcia Abrego, it is now believed to be under the
leadership of Oscar Malherbe de Leon. The group mostly traffics in cocaine,
but distributes all over the U.S. as far north as Michigan and New York.
Juan Garcia Abrego is currently serving eleven life sentences in a U.S. jail
for his drug trafficking.
Humberto Garcia Abrego is Juan's brother and a suspected drug boss himself. He
was arrested but inexplicably released hours after Clinton's certification of
Mexico on February 28, 1997. (He had been arrested and released twice in
Oscar Malherbe de Leon, the supposed heir to Juan Garcia Abrego, is believed to
be both the operations manager and chief hit man for the cartel. He was
arrested in Mexico on February 27th on charges of murder and drug trafficking.
He is wanted in the U.S. as a co-defender in the Juan Garcia Abrego case. Both
Mexican and U.S. authorities are hoping he will help with future
Juan Antonio Ortiz is a member of the Gulf cartel who worked for Juan Garcia
Abrego. Ortiz testified in the March 1997 civil trial in Houston that he
organized the transportation of 10 tons of cocaine over the Mexico-U.S. border
over a period of several years. Ortiz testified that his organization had
bribed officials at all levels of the Mexican government.
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