Moises Gamboa, 48 years old, was apprehended today in Rocky Point, Mexico by Mexican authorities with the assistance of United States Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.
Gamboa was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2010 for the distribution of over 1000 kilograms of marijuana in the Huntington area. Gamboa, who is a Mexican citizen, fled the United States prior to being indicted. Gamboa, who uses several aliases, is believed to be wanted in other states for similar drug trafficking offenses, and is alleged to have ties to notorious Mexican drug cartels.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “Mr. Gamboa allegedly sold thousands of pounds of marijuana and collected millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains as a member of a notorious drug trafficking organization. Thanks to the exemplary work of law enforcement and in particular, the U.S. Marshals Service, this fugitive is in federal custody, where he belongs.”
After it was determined Gamboa was currently residing on the western coast of Mexico, the United States Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service worked together to secure a Provisional Arrest Warrant through the Mexican government that allowed the apprehension of Gamboa.
Gamboa will face extradition proceedings in Mexico, and will likely be returned to Southern District of West Virginia to answer the charges.
Annually, investigations carried out by US Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives and more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges. More federal fugitives are arrested by US Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.