Juan José Esparragoza Moreno

Juan José Esparragoza Moreno (born February 3, 1949) a.k.a. El Azul (English: "The Blue"), is a former Mexican Federal Judicial Police (PJF) officer turned drug trafficker. Esparragoza was born in Huichiopa, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Esparragoza's nickname, "El Azul", derives from his complexion. He is said to be so dark that his skin appears to be blue. Esparragoza's trafficking career dates back to the Guadalajara Cartel under Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. Following the arrest of Gallardo, it is believed Esparragoza moved to the leadership role within the Guadalajara Cartel prior to its dissolution. Gallardo bestowed upon his nephews who operated the Juárez Cartel, the location and operations of the Guadalajara Cartel. Esparragoza was believed to have had a role in the death of United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique Camarena. In 1982, Camarena was informed of a large scale marijuana growing operation in which Carrillo, Esparragoza and Quintero, had turned 220 acres (0.89 km) of land near San Luis Potosí into a marijuana field.

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February 3rd, 1949


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