El Paso Fugitive Placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List
|FBI El Paso October 21, 2009|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the addition of Eduardo Ravelo, aka “Tablas,” to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. Ravelo is being sought for his alleged involvement in the Barrio Azteca transnational gang and their racketeering, money laundering and drug-related activities in the El Paso, Texas, area.
On January 9, 2008, Ravelo and 26 others were indicted in El Paso on racketeering and drug/weapons charges. Ravelo is a Captain in the Barrio Aztecas and is allegedly responsible for issuing orders and directives to gang members in Juarez, Mexico. Ravelo is closely associated with operatives from the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Drug Trafficking Organization (VCFDTO). Ravelo and his fellow Aztecas allegedly act as hitmen for the VCFDTO cartel and are allegedly responsible for numerous murders in Juarez, Mexico.
The El Paso FBI’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) investigation spanned a five-year period and led to 30 federal indictments, 61 federal and local arrests, 23 convictions, and life sentences for five high-ranking members of the Barrio Azteca criminal enterprise.
Ravelo is described as a Hispanic male, 5’9”, 150 to 180 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He is believed to now be bald and may have altered his appearance through plastic surgery. The 41-year-old was born on October 13, 1968, and has several aliases to include Eduardo Rodriguez, Eduardo Rabelo, “2x4” and “T-Blas.”
Ravelo is the 493rd person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, which was established in March 1950.
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to the arrest of Eduardo Ravelo. Individuals with information concerning Ravelo should take no action themselves, but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Additional information regarding Eduardo Ravelo, including his wanted poster, is available on the FBI’s internet home page at http://www.fbi.gov.