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October 8, 2019

FBI Announces $25,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest of Salome Flores Apodaca

The FBI Washington Field Office announced a reward of $25,000 for information directly leading to the arrest of Salome Flores Apodaca, also known as Fino Flores Apodaca, Pelon Flores Apodaca, “Pelon” and “Fino.” Apodaca has been charged in a federal indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on narcotics and firearm violations, including conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one kilogram or more of heroin, and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana for importation into the United States.

Apodaca is a member of Meza-Flores Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO), a major drug trafficking organization based in Sinaloa, Mexico. He is the uncle of Fausto Isidro Meza-Flores, also known as “Chapo Isidro.” Meza-Flores is the alleged leader of the Meza-Flores TCO and was previously a high-ranking leader of the Beltran-Leyva TCO. The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Meza-Flores. Both Meza-Flores and Apodaca have been indicted for narcotics and firearm violations.

The Meza-Flores TCO is allegedly responsible for the possession, distribution, and importation of large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana into the U.S. and is operational in most of Mexico, to include in the areas of Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Chiapas, Sonora, Baja California Sur and Norte, Nayarit, and Monterrey, as well as several countries in Central and South America. 

Anyone with information concerning Salome Flores Apodaca should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. Tips can remain confidential.