A leader of the ultra violent ‘Barrio Azteca’ Texas based street gang is facing life in prison after he was convicted of ordering the murder of an employee of a U.S. consulate in Mexico, her husband, and the husband of another U.S. consulate employee on the command of the Juarez drug cartel, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, aka “Benny,’ who lived in Chihuahua Mexico was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury in Texas, including racketeering, narcotics trafficking, murder in a foreign country, money laundering and murder.
Prosecutors say Castrellon, a lifer in the Barrio Azteca in Texas, was part of the effort by the gang to ally themselves with the Juarez Cartel, a process they referred to as ‘La Linea.’ The purpose of the alliance was so the B.A. could become the muscle for the Juarez Cartel, as they battled for control of the lucrative drug trading routes through Juarez Mexico.
Castrellon was also the leader of a team of assassins that killed 800 people just in the first eight months of 2010, and murdered nearly 1600 over four years, all in an effort to intimidate rival gangs to control drug trafficking routes.
In March of 2010, Castrellon ordered the murders of Leslie Enriquez, a U.S. citizen who worked at the Mexican consulate in Laredo, along with her husband Arthur Redelfs, and another man, who was also the husband of a consulate employee.
Castrellon was extradited from Mexico to stand trial in the U.S., where he is a lot less likely to be able to buy his way out of spending the rest of his life in prison.