The Witness to History series brings together the men and women who were instrumental in landmark events in American history. These talks take place in the Museum’s theater for information about upcoming programs please visit the Museums Events pages.

On April 19, 2016, the National Law Enforcement Museum welcomed members of the Arellano Félix Organization Task Force to speak about their involvement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s longest open drug cartel case. These DEA and California Department of Justice agents delved into how law enforcement fought to stop the Arellano Félix family and dismantle the cartel. The panel included Agent Juan Martinez, served as the Resident Agent in Charge in Tijuana and supervised the on-going investigations of drug trafficking networks in northern Mexico; Agent Alan Hargrove (retired) who was a lead agent in the investigation of the Arellano Félix Organization; Agent Manuel Castañón, a case agent for Operation United Eagles, an effort to apprehend dangerous cartel members operating or living in Mexico; and Agent Stephen Duncan from the California Department of Justice, a member of the Arellano Félix taskforce for more than 17 years.

The capture of Javier Arellano Félix severely weakened the Tijuana Cartel, but there are always new traffickers to take the place of the old. In closing the program, Agent Martinez said, “We protect the innocent and the good,” reminding the audience why he and his counterparts continue to put themselves in dangerous situations.

This program was generously sponsored by Target