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Mexican suspect in US consulate killings in Texas court

Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, aka "El Camello", is presented to the press at the Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City, in July 2010. Chavez, a Mexican suspect in the March drive-by shooting of a US consulate worker in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez appeared at a closed-door hearing in a Texas court, the San Antonio News said Saturday. (AFP/File)
A Mexican suspect in the March drive-by shooting of a US consulate worker in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez appeared at a closed-door hearing in a Texas court, the San Antonio News said Saturday.
Sunday, September 05, 2023
By: AFP writers
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Mexican suspect in the March drive-by shooting of a US consulate worker in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez appeared at a closed-door hearing in a Texas court, the San Antonio News said Saturday.

Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo was arrested weeks ago by Mexican authorities who turned him over to the United States as part of a drug-related extradition agreement, the daily said on its website.

Chavez, known as "El Camello," appeared at a 40-minute, closed-door hearing in San Antonio, Texas, late Friday, said the daily, citing jail records.

It could not confirm the charges Chavez, 41, was facing because the federal complaint against him was being held under seal.

On March 13, gunmen killed Lesley Enriquez , an American working at the consulate, her American husband Arthur Redelfs, and Jorge Alberto Salcido, the Mexican husband of another US consular employee, in ambushes just minutes apart after they left a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez.

US and Mexican investigators said at the time that they suspected members of the Los Aztecas gang carried out the hit. The gang is based in El Paso, Texas, and operates on both sides of the border.

The San Antonio News quoted a Mexican Ministry of Public Security statement identifying Chavez as a member of both of Mexico's La Linea drug cartel and Los Aztecas.

The ministry said Chavez told Mexican police that he was ordered to arrange the three murders by gang leaders who were angry at Enriquez for helping members of a rival gang obtain visas to travel to the United States.

The deaths of the two Americans brought to nearly 50 the number of US citizens killed in Ciudad Juarez since the start of 2008.

More than 2,600 people have died in violent attacks in the city of 1.3 million across from El Paso, Texas, in the past three years.

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