On a Saturday in early March of 2010 around 2:30 P.M., Mexican police responded to a report of a shooting in the city of Juarez. When police arrived, they found Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, 37, dead from gunshot wounds in his white Honda Pilot. In the back seat was his two children, one 4 years old and one 7, wounded but alive. They were rushed to the hospital. Numerous shell casings of various caliber cartridges were found at the scene.
Approximately ten minutes later, a call reporting another shooting came into the police. Here they found an RAV4 Toyota with Texas plates, having several bullet holes in it. Inside was a man and woman, both dead from gunshot wounds and there was a baby crying in the rear seat. The lady was identified as Lesley A. Enriquez, 25, a consulate employee, and her husband, Arthur H. Redelf, 30. A 9-millimeter shell casing was found near the scene.
Commander Gomecindo López of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, told reporters that Ms. Enriquez was pregnant.
It was reported that over 2,000 persons were killed in Juarez during 2009, giving it the undesirable position of being one of the cities with the highest murder rate in the world.
A story published today by the Department of Justice announces that 35 members, leaders and associates of the most brutal gang along the Mexican border have been charged in a federal indictment in Texas with various counts of racketeering, murder, drug offenses, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. And of those 35 subjects, 10 Mexican nationals were specifically charged with the March 2010 murders in Juarez, Mexico of a U.S. Consulate employee and her husband, along with the husband of another consulate employee.
Here is a direct quote taken from the FBI paper with information and a healthy reward being offered:
Seven of the 10 charged with the U.S. Consulate murders —and two other indicted defendants—are in custody in Mexico. Three remain at large, including Eduardo Ravelo, currently one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. We’re offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to his arrest.(FBI Story: Violent Border gang indicted-March 9, 2011) A wanted poster of Ravelo can be viewed here.
In addition to the consulate murders, the defendants are allegedly responsible for a number of other murders in the U.S. and Mexico. The indictment states they also imported heroin, cocaine, and marijuana into the U.S., and charged a “cuota,” or tax, on businesses and other criminals operating on their turf. The funds raised by these taxes were allegedly funneled into prison commissary accounts of gang leaders and also helped pay for defense lawyers.