News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 18, 2010
Carmen Coutino

Public Information Officer
(915) 832-6018

Operation Knock Down

MAR 18 - DEA and FBI, in collaboration with numerous State, Local and Federal counterparts, have directed their efforts and resources into the identification, interview and arrests, when appropriate, of all known and suspected members of the notorious Barrio Azteca (BA) gang that currently reside in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico region.

Approximately 100 BA members and associates were interviewed today in an attempt to generate leads regarding the ongoing investigation in Saturday’s Juarez murders, to disrupt the activities of the BAs in El Paso, and to generate information regarding the FBI Top 10 fugitive and BA member Eduardo Ravelo’s possible location. More than 200 law enforcement personnel from federal, state and local agencies participated in Operation Knock Down.

“This unprecedented collaboration between all law enforcement agencies represented in this region exemplifies the continuing unified goal of keeping our community safe and secure. This effort will undoubtedly convey a strong and unified message to those criminals who continue to engage in activities which threaten the safety of our citizens,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit.

This operation was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Prisons, West Texas HIDTA, U.S. Probation Office (El Paso), U.S. Probation (New Mexico), United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Texas Attorney General Office of Inspector General, Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Office and Albuquerque Police Department.

The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

# # #