FBI looking for man wanted out of Indiana, Texas

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for help finding a wanted man.

The Indianapolis Division of the FBI said a second federal arrest warrant was issued in May of 2018 for Juan Alberto Mendez for his alleged involvement in drug racketeering, including murder in aid of racketeering. The department said he is a known member of the Gulf Cartel.

He has two active warrants out for his arrest. The first warrant was issued in 2015 out of the Northern District of Indiana. He was charged federally with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Schedule I controlled substance-heroin, Schedule II controlled substance – cocaine, Schedule I controlled substance-marijuana, and forfeiture.

The second warrant was issued in May 2018 out of the Southern District of Texas. He was charged federally with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, and kidnapping resulting in death.

The FBI said he is known to abuse drugs and should be considered a domestic and international escape risk. The FBI believed Mendez may be residing in the area of Reynosa, Mexico. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Mendez is 5’7″-5’8″ tall and weighs anywhere from 189-250 pounds. He has a  scar on his abdomen, chin, head, right knee, and right forearm. He has a mole on his right cheek. He is also known to wear glasses.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Juan Alberto Mendez is asked to call the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, Fort Wayne Resident Agency at 260.426.5331, or the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office, McAllen Resident Agency at 956.984.6300.

Jacob Burbrink

Jacob Burbrink

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