Fugitive with Ties to the Valley Wanted by FBI

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The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of man with ties
to the Rio Grande Valley. 
Special agents of the FBI holding a press confrerence in McAllen announcing a large reward for information leading to the arrest of 47-year-old Juan Alberto Mendez.

Special Agent Christopher Combs, FBI-San Antonio, “Mendez was indicted back in May 2018 as part of a 44 page indictment of 34 individual associated with the Tri-City Bomber gang here in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Mendez should be considered armed and dangerous. He stands accused of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping resulting in a murder, extortion, and drug trafficking.

Special Agent Combs, “We believe that Mr. Mendez is in Mexico, but we believe very strongly that there are individuals here in the Rio Grande Valley, in particular in Mission, Texas that know where he is.”

Authorities say Mendez is affilated with the Gulf Cartel and is still actively involved in drug trafficking cocaine, meth, and heroin from Mexico, across the border and up to Indiana.

Special Agent Combs, “What we hope today is that we have given someone here in the rgv $25,000 worth of reasons to call the FBI and give us information needed to arrest Mr. Mendez.”

Authorities say Mendez was connected to the trucking industry when he was here in the Valley and still maybe working in the industry in Mexico or even running a club.

Agents also say Mexican residents can also claim the reward.  If you have any information about Mendez’s whereabouts call FBI offices at 956-984-6300.

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