|Country of Origin||Texas, U.S.A.|
|Area of Operation||Texas, U.S.A.|
|Appx no. of Members||11 known (4 deceased)|
|First Appearance||A Rite of Passage|
The Lugo Cartel is a drug cartel that appeared in A Rite of Passage.
Little about the Lugo Cartel's past is revealed, other than it was responsible for the deaths of two DEA agents when they closed in on them last year. It is also possible that it participated in a large gunfight against another drug cartel, which resulted in the deaths of ten drug dealers who were decapitated post-mortem and the heads being placed in coolers. At least days prior to A Rite of Passage, the cartel's leader, Omar Morales, was arrested under the suspicion of discarding three heads of illegal immigrants in front of the local police station, which caused an outrage from the rest of the cartel, eight of whom gathered in front of the station and were confronted by Hotch and JJ. Deputies Boyd and Gentry manage to stop the tension from rising and help Hotch and JJ pass through, mocking the men while doing so. Later, Morales would be released when the BAU realize that he isn't the unsub.
Later, Boyd would kill Sheriff Ruiz and mutilate her in a fashion described by Morales earlier so the Lugo Cartel would be framed. When he and Gentry arrive at the cartel headquarters (a garage) to arrest Morales, Boyd snaps and attacks the cartel with a shotgun before encountering Morales, whom he kills when he attempts to flee after mocking him. The deaths of Morales and the cartel members were the last clue the BAU needed to pinpoint Boyd as the unsub, and from there they tracked him down, immediately shooting him dead when he retaliated violently, somewhat avenging their deaths.
- Omar Morales (leader; deceased)
- Jose (presumably the second-in-command; deceased)
- Nine unnamed members (two deceased)
- Presumably other unnamed members
- Presumably killed numerous unnamed people prior to A Rite of Passage
- 2009: Two unnamed DEA agents
- 2010: At least ten unnamed drug dealers (possibly shot; all decapitated post-mortem and the heads put in coolers)