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FBI says fugitive caught in Mexico after 9 years — but his wife and another co-conspirator are still at large

A fugitive wanted for involvement in a criminal drug enterprise has been extradited from Mexico and returned to Tucson, but his wife and another co-conspirator remain on the run, the FBI said Monday.

Sandra Mendeville-Redondo

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Authorities said Manuel Gortari-Redondo, 45, was involved in a Tucson-based interstate drug trafficking organization that smuggled marijuana from June 2006 to July 2011 for the Nebraska chapter of the infamous “Bloods” street gang.

Gortari-Redondo and seven other co-conspirators were arrested in August 2011.

The FBI stated that on the third day of the trial in June 2013, Gortari-Redondo failed to appear in court but the trial continued without him.

He was sentenced to 162 months in prison for money laundering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and other charges.

FBI officials said Gortari-Redondo was taken into custody in Mexico City and extradited to Tucson last month.

Gortari-Redondo’s co-conspirators — his wife, Sandra Mendeville-Redondo, and another man named Mario Carmona Rodriguez — are still at large, the FBI said. A $3,500 reward has been offered for each of them.

“The extradition of Mr. Gortari-Redondo exemplifies how the FBI will pursue justice beyond US borders, no matter how long it takes,” said Akeel Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office.

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