Friday, July 6, 2012

El Farmero Extradited From Mexico To Face Homicide Charges For Three U.S. Consulate Workers

Arturo Gallegos Castrellón

Barrio Azteca gang member participated in a hit on three U.S. Consulate workers in Juárez.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 6, 2012

Toluca, Mexico - The Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that on June 28, Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, 33, also known for the following aliases, "Benny," "Farmero," "51," "Güero," "Pecas," "Tury" and "86" was extradited to the U.S. to face multiple federal charges in connection with the March 13, 2010 three U.S. Consulate employees killed in Juárez, Chihuahua. Castrellón was turned over to Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Toluca. He was indicted by a federal court in the Western District of Texas and was wanted for three homicides and the use of deadly firearms, money laundering, extortion, ties to a criminal organization and drug trafficking and committing murder in a foreign country.
Castrellón, a key member of the Barrio Azteca and La Linea criminal organizations allegedly participated in the deaths of three U.S. Consulate workers. He was taken into custody by federal police in November 2010, according to the PGR.
Castrellón is also accused of killing five Mexican federal agents and 14 teenagers in Mexico.
If convicted on all federal counts, Castrellón is facing life in prison.
In 2012, José Antonio Acosta-Hernández, 34, aka, "El Diego or Blablazo," the second in command of La Linea Cartel was extradited to the U.S. in connection with the homicides of U.S. Consulate workers. Hernández pleaded guilty to money laundering, drug trafficking, racketeering and seven counts of homicide, including the three U.S. Consulate workers, Leslie Ann Enriquez Catton, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, a Mexican national working at the consulate and the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee who were killed in Juárez.
Hernández was sentenced to seven concurrent life sentences, three consecutive life terms, plus 20 years in a federal prison.
Hernández allegedly was involved in 1,500 homicides in Mexico. He worked under José Luis Ledezma, aka, "El JL," leader of La Linea, which is the armed branch of the Juárez Cartel. Ledezma is one of the lieutenants under Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, aka, "El Viceroy," the main leader of the Juárez Cartel.

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