The U.S. government is offering a $5 million bounty for an accused Texas-Mexico borderland drug kingpin who may own as much as $1 billion in assets that federal prosecutors intend to seize, says the Houston Chronicle. Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, known as “Comandante 40” among other nicknames, has reputedly overseen the movement of tons of cocaine and marijuana from Latin America through Houston to other parts of the United States.
The Drug Enforcement Administration aims to increase the pressure on Trevino and nine other ranking cartel members with a U.S. government reward of up to $50 million – or $5 million a piece – for information leading to their capture. “For these guys to sit around a table knowing there are $5 million on each of their heads, it has a destabilizing effect,” said Paul Craine, director of a DEA strike force of state local and federal officers targeting the cartel. “It is a coordinated, combined effort to bring the hammer down on them.”