Eugenio Dario Molina-Lopez
Eugenio Dario Molina-Lopez. Photo courtesy U.S. State Department

A reward of up to $10 million is being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a suspected Guatemalan drug kingpin who was indicted in San Diego, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Authorities say Eugenio Dario Molina-Lopez, also known as “Don Dario,” leads a criminal organization called Los Huistas, based in northwest Guatemala, bordering Mexico.

Molina-Lopez, 57, is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine intended for unlawful importation and conspiracy to distribute cocaine on board a vessel.

The investigation into Los Huistas is part of Operation Guerrilla Unit, which targets high-level Guatemalan drug traffickers and their suppliers.

U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman called the case “one of this district’s most significant, comprehensive and large-scale drug trafficking prosecutions.”

On Friday, the Department of Justice also announced another indictment was unsealed in San Diego in a separate case charging another alleged Guatemalan drug trafficker, 35-year-old Axel Bladimir Montejo Saenz, also a fugitive.

He is accused of taking part in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and elsewhere.

Updated 7:30 p.m. March 18, 2022