Manuel Aguirre Galindo
Nickname: El Caballo
Cartel Affiliation: Arellano-Felix
Manuel Aguirre Galindo, aka " El Caballo" is most recognised for his use of a network of financial association and real estate companies to hide and launder his drug monies. He is affilated with the Arellano-Felix organization and has been for over fifteen years. Aguirre Galindo has a long criminal history as a major Mexican drug trafficker.
In January 2002, Aguirre Galindo was designated by OFAC pursuant to the Kingpin Act. The Kingpin Act involves appling financial measures against foreign narcotics trafficking kingpins worldwide.
In July 2003, he and other senior members of the Arellano- Felix Organization (AFO) were indicted for narcotics trafficking, money laundering and conducting the affairs of an illegal enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity (RICO).
In January, 2006, the OFAC identified five companies and six individuals whom have acted as fronts for Aguirre Galindo. By exposing his accomplices and the fronting companies, it will cut them off from the United States and its financial institutions. Alberto Alfredo Valencia Martinez, Urbano Hernandez Somero and Manuel Francisco Aguirre Ramos (Aguirre Galindo's son) are among the accomplices identified. These individuals served to incorporate, administer and hold front companies on Aguirre Galindo's behalf. The companies involved included the following Tijuana real estate firms; Playa Mar S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria Esparta S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria La Provincia S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria Estado 29 S.A. de C.V., and Inmobiliaria Tijuana Costa S.A. de C.V.. The resulting effect of the OFAC identifing these 11 designess is the blocking of any assets found within U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits anyone in the United States from doing business with these named individuals and entities.
Manuel Aguirre Galindo is a fugitive from the US Dept of Justice and has a $2 million dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.