Cartel Leader Linked to More Crimes in Borderland

POSTED: Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 7:58pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

NewsChannel 9 has learned Jose Rodolfo Escajeda is linked to more crimes in the borderland than first thought.

He's the alleged drug cartel leader linked to last week's massacre in Juarez.

Escajeda is also wanted by the DEA for allegedly leading armed drug traffickers into a stand-off with U.S. law enforcement over three years ago.

Mexican soldiers arrested Escajeda on Friday.

He was taken into custody at a restaurant in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico.

The DEA says Escajeda is responsible for an incursion into the U.S. back in January, 2006.

It happened along the Rio Grande in an area 50 miles east of El Paso.

Hudspeth County Sheriff's Deputies came upon 3 SUV's smuggling marijuana into the U.S.

Seeing the Deputies, the smugglers made a u-turn back across the river.
But one SUV got stuck.

Deputies then watched as a military-style Humvee appeared and guarded the smugglers as they unloaded marijuana from the stuck SUV, torched it, then took off.

Escajeda is also believed to be the man who plotted the murders this week of 17 people at a Juarez rehab clinic.

Gunmen entered the building, lined up the victims against a wall and shot them dead one by one.

Escajeda is being interrogated right now in Mexico City.

It's unclear if he'll be extradited into the U.S. to face charges stemming form the 2006 border incursion.

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