Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Arellano Félix kidnapping kingpin caught
Wanted criminal apprehended after years on the run
The leader of a feared kidnapping ring was arrested after years on the run by Baja state police in Tijuana on Tuesday, December 18th. Juan Diego Alcaráz Muciño, also known as “El Yeyo”, has had numerous arrests warrants since 1996 in connection with kidnappings and murders. El Yeyo is believed to have run kidnapping operations for the Arellano Félix Organization (AFO) for numerous years.
El Yeyo is alleged to have been active in the AFO since the early 1990’s. According to Zeta Magazine, despite having active arrests warrants, the criminal was hired onto the municipal police force in 2005. Alcaráz Muciño was arrested for the first time in 2008 for pending warrants, yet released days after for lack of evidence.
According to Baja state police authorities, El Yeyo was apprehended with the help of unnamed United States authorities and was displayed for local media on Wednesday.
It is unclear if Alcaráz Muciño could face charges in the U.S.