Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Officials make arrests in US Consulate deaths

An alleged gang leader arrested in Juárez told Mexican authorities that a U.S. Consulate employee and her husband were targeted for assassination because the woman provided visas to a rival gang. Officials said Friday that Jesus Ernesto Chávez Castillo, 41, described as a top Azteca gang member who led hit squads, is suspected of ordering the slayings of Lesley Enriquez Redelfs and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, both of El Paso. Chávez, known as "El Camello," or the camel, told investigators after his arrest that Enriquez Redelfs was the target of the attack on March 13 because she had been helping the rival Sinaloa drug cartel. His allegation was met with skepticism by U.S. officials and contradicts the story of another suspect arrested earlier this year. The FBI, which has been investigating the slayings, said his claim is unverified...more

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