Operation Shadow Game: How the DEA broke the Tijuana Cartel

On April 19th, the National Law Enforcement Museum hosted an evening program with agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the California Department of Justice who helped take down one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Arellano-Félix Organization (AFO) was one of the most powerful drug trafficking cartels in Mexico, brutally controlling the drug trade in Tijuana through murder, torture, and extreme violence. This is the story of how the DEA and local law enforcement fought to stop the Arellano-Félix family and damage the cartel.


Agent Manuel Castañón Agent Manuel Castañón, DEA San Diego Division, has been a member of the DEA’s Arellano-Félix Organization Task Force for thirteen years. Castañón was the case agent for Operation United Eagles, a fugitive apprehension effort to apprehend dangerous targets operating or living in Mexico and has assisted the Government of Mexico in arresting principal members of the AFO and other major cartels.
Agent Stephen Duncan Agent Stephen Duncan, California Department of Justice, has been a member of the Arellano-Félix Organization Task Force for over 17 years specializing in investigating the organization’s drug distribution cells and narco-terrorism. Before joining the California DOJ, Duncan worked in California Corrections as a probation officer for 12 years.
Agent Alan Hargrove Agent Alan Hargrove, DEA San Diego Division (ret.), was a lead agent in the investigation of the Arellano-Félix Organization and spent over 20 years investigating the AFO and Mexican drug trafficking organizations.  Hargrove also spent 37 years in the Navy Special Warfare Community, retiring earlier this year with the rank of Captain.
Agent Juan Martinez Agent Juan Martinez, DEA Tijuana Resident Office, is a thirty-three year law enforcement veteran having spent nearly twenty years in the Drug Enforcement Agency. Martinez currently serves as a Resident Agent in Charge supervising the on-going investigations of drug trafficking networks in northern Mexico including the fractured Arellano-Félix Organization.


Dr. Nathan Jones Dr. Nathan Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Department of Sam Houston State University outside of Houston, Texas, where he specializes in studying drug violence in Mexico. As a graduate student, Jones spent a year in Tijuana and Mexico City researching the illicit network structure of the Arellano-Félix Organization.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Program: 7:00-8:30 pm
Reception at 6:00 pm
Light Hors d' Oeuvres and Drinks

Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Free Admission
Registration is required; space is limited.

Witness to History is generously sponsored by Target®.

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