Ciudad Juarez: The Hunt for Eduardo Ravelo

April 9, 2010

Eduardo Ravelo is the new ‘face of Ciudad Juarez terror,” according to the LA Times this week. This mean-looking specimen is the purported leader of the Barrio Aztecas street gang, the mostly teenage subcontractors that the Juarez drug cartel uses for the murder, kidnapping and torture of its rivals in the city. Near the end of last year, Ravelo was quietly placed on the FBI’s ten most wanted list, and a couple weeks ago, he reached a criminal pinnacle, officially supplanting Osama bin Laden as the FBI’s number one most wanted man in the world.

The first piece in an ongoing series on Ciudad Juarez and the Mexican drug wars I’m writing for The Awl.

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