Updated: 02/23/2014 10:47 PM |
Created: 02/23/2014 10:11 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
If New Mexico FBI agents had a blacklist, Ricardo Perez-Trujillo would be on it. Now, the man accused of a decade-old crime, could be right next door to families in Valencia County.
Where were you in October 1999? You might not remember, but Perez-Trujillo will never be able to forget.
Court records show he tried to sell marijuana and methamphetamine to someone on a quiet Los Chavez street.
However, after deputies ran a surveillance operation on the man and spotted him dealing the drugs, a mix-up in paperwork allowed him to be deported to Mexico without answering to his alleged crimes.
According to the FBI, Perez-Trujillo is not a run-of-the-mill drug dealer.
"[He's] wanted for allegedly being a member of a major drug trafficking organization," Frank Fisher of the FBI said.
Fisher said Perez-Trujillo was wanted for drug charges in Phoenix, Ariz., prior to his 1999 arrest.
The FBI believes that Perez-Trujillo has multiple aliases and may be living in Chihuahua – either in Cd. Juarez or other remote villages.
"Mr. Trujillo could be crossing the border legally or illegally," Fisher said.
Although Perez-Trujillo is not a cartel kingpin like Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the storied leader of the Sinaloa Cartel who was arrested in Mazatlan, Mexico, on Saturday, the FBI believes he could help crumble the drug trade in the U.S.
"Often it is a domino effect," Fisher said.
Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard said his deputies would like to put Perez-Trujillo behind bars despite the age of the case.
"Any time we can work narcotics cases, we're successful in bringing down our property crimes rate. The two are very closely related," he said.
If you recognize Perez-Trujillo, call the FBI directly. You can remain anonymous.