Photo: Barrio Azteca Leader Extradiated
An alleged leader of the Barrio Azteca (BA), a transnational border gang allied with the Juarez Cartel, was extradited from Mexico to face charges related to the March 2010 U.S. Consulate murders in Juarez, Mexico.
Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, aka “Benny,” arrived in the U.S. yesterday and made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Castaneda in El Paso, Texas.
A total of 35 BA members and associates based in the U.S. and Mexico were charged in a superseding indictment for allegedly committing various criminal acts, including racketeering, narcotics distribution and importation, retaliation against persons providing information to U.S. law enforcement, extortion, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and murder.
Of the 35 defendants charged, 33 have been apprehended, including April Cardoza, who was found in Juarez, Mexico, last week.
The BA is a violent street and prison gang that began in the late 1980s and expanded into a transnational criminal organization. In the 2000s, the BA formed an alliance in Mexico with “La Linea,” which is part of the Juarez Drug Cartel.