A flashy American fugitive who fled to Mexico to avoid arrest for leading a Houston-based drug-trafficking organization, has finally been returned to the United States, officials said.
Raul Sergio Madrigal was flown from Mexico to Chicago, and is expected to be brought before a federal judge in Houston next week, officials said Friday. He’d been on the run since at least 2009, after leaving town as authorities prepared federal charges against him and more than a dozen of other defendants.
Madrigal was first caught in May at the airport near the northern industrial city of Monterrey. He was snared there by FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and their Mexican counterparts working on a anonymous tip submitted to the stophoustongangs.org Web site, FBI Agent Shauna Dunlap said.
“Madrigal was one of the original Top Ten Most Wanted Gang Fugitives, that were featured on that Web site,” Dunlap said of the site that was launched in April 2012.
When he was allegedly running a cocaine-trafficking operation, Madrigal was affiliated with the massive Houstone Tango Blast gang and had several high end sports cars that were confiscated by federal agents.
Madrigal had been on the run since 2009 before the Web campaign started. He didn’t last two months once the Web site launched the Most Wanted Gangster program, in which he was featured. Madrigal reportedly did not fight being sent back to the United States to face charges.
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This guy! What nerve. Talk about fugitives that live under the wire. Not very inconspicuous in a bright red humvee, are we? No problem. Will you look at those cars, just beautiful as far as conspicuous consumption goes.
Chivis: Thanks for the additional information on this guy. Based on his cars & bling you would almost guess that he wanted to be arrested. Someone really should sit these guys down and make them watch this scene from Goodfellas: