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2 Mexican gang members sentenced to life after killing US consulate worker and 2 others


Two gunmen from the Barrio Azteca gang were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for killing a US consulate worker, her husband and the husband of another consulate worker in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, officials said.

The couple had been convicted by a federal jury in February of the fatal March 2010 shooting of consulate worker Lesley Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs, an El Paso County jailer, and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros. Both were sentenced Monday in El Paso, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The victims were returning home from a children’s birthday party when they were mistakenly targeted and killed.

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Trial evidence showed that Jose Guadalupe Diaz Diaz and Martin Artin Perez Marrufo, both of Chihuahua, Mexico, were part of the strike team that killed the three men on March 13, 2010, after they were mistaken for members of a rival gang, according to the U.S. prosecutor. office statement.

Two men from the Barrio Azteca gang have been sentenced to life in prison for killing a US consulate employee and two other men.

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According to the same statement, “Barrio Azteca is a transnational criminal organization engaged in, among other things, money laundering, racketeering, and drug-related activities in El Paso, Texas, among others.”

The gang joined with other drug gangs to fight the Sinaloa Cartel, then led by Joaquín “Chapo” Guzman, and its allies for control of drug trafficking routes through Juarez, the statement said.

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The drug routes through Juarez, which is located across the border from El Paso, are important to drug trafficking organizations because it is the main drug trafficking route into the United States. United, federal officials said.

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