April Cardoza, 24, of El Paso, Texas was recently arrested by the United States Marshals Service. Cardoza had been a fugitive since March, 2011, when a federal arrest warrant was issued for Racketeering Activities, which included multiple instances of violent crimes. Cardoza’s charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in El Paso, Texas. The culmination of this investigation resulted in a multi-defendant indictment which dealt a serious blow to organized crime in the El Paso, Texas/Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico area.
Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico located Cardoza in Juarez, Mexico late last night. PGR had been following up on information developed that Cardoza had been in the home of Ricardo Zuniga, a.k.a. “Nano”, the night of June 6, 2012, when he was arrested. Cardoza is the purported spouse of Zuniga who was recently returned to the United States to face capital murder charges stemming from a double homicide in June, 2009. Cardoza was an undocumented alien in Mexico. Cardoza was expelled from Mexico and returned to the United States at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry where the USMS effected the arrest.
Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Law enforcement on both sides of the border is working together on many different fronts. We are proud to be taking part in serious efforts to curb the international crime predominant in our area and to decrease the amount of violence occurring in Juarez, Mexico.”
The El Paso Times reported Cardoza may be the daughter of Barrio Azteca gang capo Manuel Cardoza, who is currently serving a life sentence. The Barrio Azteca gang is allied with the Juarez drug cartel and operates on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
April Cardoza is one of 35 believed to have been involved in the March 13, 2010 ambush of two vehicles leaving a children’s party. An employee of the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Lesley Enriquez Redelfs, was killed along with her husband, Arthur Redelfs, an El Paso County Detention Officer, there daughter survived the ambush.
The husband of a U.S. Consulate worker was killed in the ambush as well, but in a separate vehicle.