PRECINCT 444 Podcast

A Podcast of The National Law Enforcement Museum

Encore | Operation Shadow Game: How the DEA Broke the Tijuana Cartel, Part 3


For over 14 months, the DEA tracked a fishing boat belonging to the kingpin of the Tijuana Cartel. The boat, named the “Dock Holiday,” was often sailed off the Mexican coast until finally, in August of 2006, the boat sailed into international waters and was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard. The kingpin was captured and DEA agents were able to take down one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels. The surveillance of the boat was part of an investigation of the Tijuana Cartel known as “Operation Shadow Game.”

On display at the museum, you can see a life ring from the Dock Holiday, which is on loan from the DEA’s collection, in the History Time Capsule exhibit. Originally hosted in 2016, the National Law Enforcement Museum hosted a program titled “Operation Shadow Game” which discussed the investigation of the Tijuana Cartel with DEA Agents and members of the California Department of Justice who collaborated on the investigation.

Part 3 concludes this series and begins with the background of an earlier investigation called “Operation United Eagles”, which focused on specific targets designated as Consolidated Priority Organization Targets or CPOT, a multi-agency list of some of the most prolific individuals involved in drug smuggling organizations. Following this discussion, is a Q&A with the live audience from the program.

Next Wednesday, December 20th, we have special guest, Andrew Whiting, the Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer with MissionSquare Financial, the exclusive sponsor of the Memorial Fund’s Ambassador programs, sits down to talk about the importance of financial planning as it pertains to those in public service.


Opening Remarks

Craig Floyd, Former CEO of the NLEOMF


Dr. Nathan Jones, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University


  • Juan Martinez, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Al Hargrove, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Manuel Castañón, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Steve Duncan, California Department of Justice