Ernesto Escobedo is the main antagonist of Clear and Present Danger. He is a drug lord and the leader of the Cali Cartel. Despite being the main antagonist, he was ultimately killed off to make way for the true main villain to take over.
He was portrayed by Miguel Sandoval.
When enraged over losing $600 million, he hires Felix Cortez to take care of the problem. It is later revealed that Cortez plans on overthrowing Escobedo and take over the cartel, and when Ryan finds out about this, Ryan tells Escobedo what Cortez plans on doing. Escobedo accuses Cortez of treachery, but Cortez kills Escobedo.