Federal Police capture killer of U.S. consular workers

The Federal Police captured Jesús Ernesto Chávez Castillo, alias “El Camello,” and six others for the March 13 murder of a U.S. consular worker and two others.  Lesley Ann Enríquez, her husband Arthur H. Redelfs, and Jorge Alberto Salcido, the spouse of another consulate employee were shot as they drove away from a party held by families that worked at the consulate in Juárez. El Camello, 41,  is said to be the leader of “Los Aztecas”, a group linked to the armed wing of the Juárez cartel known as “La Línea.”

The chief of the anti-drug division,  Ramón Pequeño, said, “Intelligence reports indicate that Jesús Ernesto Chávez Castillo alias ‘El Camello’ was the person who ordered the killing of the U.S. consular personnel on March 13 in Ciudad Juárez, handled the logistics, and provided weapons to the killers. Chávez Castillo confessed that the order to attack the official of the U.S. consulate came from members of ‘La Línea’ located in the United States, since [Lesley Ann Enríquez] facilitated visas for members of a rival group known as “Los Artistas Asesinos” or “AA”.  He related that on the day of the attack, they determined that she was traveling in a white truck; however, that day there were two vehicles of the same color.  Since they were uncertain of which one she was traveling in, they opened fire against both,” Pequeño continued.

According to Pequeño, El Camello also confessed to being involved in the killings of the 13 teenagers in Villas de Salvarcar in Ciudad Juárez last January.  Los Aztecas staged the attack because they thought there were members of Los Artistas Asesinos at the party. The killings of 19 persons (most of them members of Los Aztecas) at the Fe y Vida drug rehab center in Juárez last month was reportedly staged by AA in retaliation.

The SSP said that El Camello reported to Antonio Acosta Hernández, aka “El Dientón”, #2 in La Línea, who was under the command of Juan Pablo Ledezma, aka “El JL”, #2 in the Juárez Cartel, under  Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. El Camello spent 5 years in a Louisiana penitentiary for dealing drugs. He had previously been arrested by the Army in April, 2008, but was released. El Camello stated that most   members of Los Aztecas were recruited in U.S. prisons by inmates belonging to “La Línea,” and became active gang members after being deported to Mexico. (Reforma 7/2, Excelsior 7/2, Ministry of Public Safety 7/2)

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