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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Alleged cartel drug boss extradited Saturday to U.S.

By Armando V. Durazo \ El Paso Times

An alleged leader of the Juárez drug cartel who was known for using intimidation to control smuggling routes in the Valley of Juárez has been extradited to the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Saturday.

Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, known as "El Rikin," arrived in the U.S. on Saturday to face charges of marijuana and cocaine trafficking, the DEA said.

He is the second Juárez cartel member extradited by Mexico to the U.S. this year.

Escajeda, suspected in the slayings of 18 people at a drug rehabilitation center in Juárez, is also suspected in the slayings of anti-crime activists Benjamin LeBaron and LeBaron's brother-in-law Luis Carlos Whitman last year in Galeana, Chihuahua.

LeBaron, who had dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, was killed after a community protest movement that forced the release of LeBaron's kidnapped brother, Mexican authorities said.

Escajeda, who is believed to be a boss in La Linea, or Juárez drug cartel, was arrested by the Mexican army in September 2009, and since then the DEA had been seeking his extradition to face drug charges in the U.S.

Two other men, Sergio Humberto Lujan and Marco Antonio Lujan, who fled El Paso after being convicted on drug trafficking charges, also were extradited to the U.S., the DEA said.

"The extradition in these cases demonstrates the Mexican government's ongoing commitment to bringing drug traffickers to justice -- on both sides of the border," said Joseph Arabit, special agent in charge of the El Paso Division of the DEA.

The DEA said in a prepared statement that Escajeda and his organization had been the target of an investigation that led to an indictment in 2006 on drug charges.

When he was arrested by Mexican authorities, DEA officials said the Juárez drug cartel suffered a powerful blow.

Law enforcement officials had said Escajeda had a reputation for being dangerous and would use terror to control the Valley of Juárez.

The DEA said Saturday that Escajeda's drug organization was based in Guadalupe, Chihuahua, east of El Paso.

Officials had said that Escajeda allegedly would fire an AK-47 rifles out of moving cars, would burn homes, would kill people and would behead some of them.

Escajeda and his brother, Oscar Alonso Escajeda Candelaria, are suspected of being behind a standoff between Hudspeth County sheriff's deputies and armed men dressed as Mexican soldiers in 2006. The standoff led to congressional hearing on the incident. Mexico has denied that Mexican soldiers were involved in the standoff.

Oscar Escajeda, known as "La Gata," or the cat, was extradited to the U.S. by Mexico in April 2009.

The DEA said Saturday that the Escajeda organization was responsible for the transportation, storage and importation of large amounts of marijuana and cocaine for cartels in the Juárez and El Paso area.

Special Agent Diana Apodaca, a spokeswoman for the DEA in El Paso, said Saturday that Jose Escajeda should have an initial court appearance sometime next week, but she could not say where.

Apodaca also would not say where he is being held or where he came into the United States.

She said Jose Escajeda arrived in the U.S. on Saturday.

"It's very significant. It shows continued cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico and it shows the continued commitment of the government of Mexico to arrest drug traffickers," she said.

She said that Jose Escajeda, who in his early 30s, is not suspected of any slayings in the U.S. Jose Escajeda is the second important extradition Mexico has made this year.

In September, a man suspected of ordering the slayings of a U.S. Consulate worker and her husband was sent to the U.S. to face charges of drug-dealing and unlawful possession of weapons.

Jesus Ernesto Chávez Castillo, known as "El Camello," or the camel, is suspected of ordering the slayings of Lesley Enriquez Redelfs and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, both of El Paso.

Video of Hudspeth County, Texas standoff mentioned in article


  1. Hmmm... Haven't heard about this guy before. He sounds like an absolute terror.

    I hope they start extraditing Sinaloa capos as well.

  2. Good work only 19 days left this year to kill narcos a good bounty for noses and ears is in order.

  3. Seems like a good decent fellow- I'd trust him with my daughter and invite him home for thanksgiven dinner...... Yea- what fucking ever....
    This dirty dog needs to get himself a pridon wife penpale..

  4. Does anyone know the max. he is facing in the good old U.S.A.?.I suggest the maxium security out in Colorodo.Not one conviction in Mexico since 2006 on narco charges.You are about to see a change.This is one wetback i won't bitch about.

  5. @December 13, 2010 9:59 AM
    You want to talk about justice lets look at Osiel Cardenas head of the CDG! He prob going to get sent to a medium security prison. Get less then less then twenty years and released on good behavior just like Osiel. Some justice system you guys have. What ever happen to the death penalty or life for drug capos??? This is one guy you guys can keep. And fact he wasn't facing any drug charges cuz they want to throw this "wetback" ass into ur hands so you can maintain him with ur taxes haha...good luck!

  6. @December 13, 2010 2:12 PM
    Good points! But you forgot to add that he still going to keep his fortune after getting out. Ain't that a bitch?? That's why the zetas call him a traitor and informant cuz he talked and in return he got all those privileges in jail and gets to keep his millions. WTF!

  7. Looks like they feed 'em well in Mexican jails/prisons.

  8. @December 16, 2010 2:13 AM
    No they don't feed em well, this was just his fatass when he got arrested. Honestly though many of the family members of these thugs have to bring em things which range from a simple toothbrush to Mexican prisons really sucks if you have no family on the outside haha...

  9. Actually he living well in FCI PHOENIX with a 30 piece

  10. Yup he's in black canyon Navajo b unit


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