12 People Arrested, Tied To Barrio Azteca Gang & Consulate Murders

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 6:24pm

EL PASO - A huge step forward tonight in the U.S. Consulate investigation in Juarez.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Attorney's office arrested twelve people connected to the Barrio Azteca gang, and the murders. Those twelve people were found in El Paso and Southern New Mexico Wednesday. The F.B.I. says the arrests come after a Federal Grand Jury indictment was unsealed in the case.

The indictment alleges all 12 people, and 23 others, carried out the mission of the Barrio Azteca gang. One of those missions was the murders of Leslie Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Salcido. Enriquez and Redelfs were gunned down in Juarez as they were driving to the U.S. Mexico Border on March 13th, 2009.

"The indictment reflects our resolve to vigorously pursue those responsible for these acts and hold them accountable under the rule of law," U.S. Attorney John E. Murphey said.

"This indictment that has returned in the Western District of Texas charges those individuals with racketeering conspiracy and other related narcotics, money laundering and violent crime offenses," FBI Special Agent David Cuthbertson said.

In addition to the consulate murders, the indictment alleges Barrio Azteca gang members also killed Jose Oviedo in 2006, kidnapped a man and drug him to Juarez in 2007, ordered the murdered David Merez, who was killed in Juarez, in 2008, had two people killed in Socorro in 2009 and kidnapped two other people and murdered another last August.

There are still seven people named in the indictment who have not been caught.

We're told everyone is facing life in federal prison.

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