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Friday, January 24, 2020

Feds, Chicago police investigated Juarez Cartel links to 2016 Gage Park murders, lawyers say

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Chicago Sun Times

The attorneys for a Chicago man accused in the killings of six relatives want information about an informant and the three cartel hit-men the informant says were responsible for the murders.

Two weeks after the Chicago police found six bodies scattered around the blood-stained interior of a Gage Park bungalow, a former federal informant in Mexico told detectives drug cartel members carried out the slaughter over a multimillion-dollar debt, lawyers for a man charged in the 2016 murders said.

Months before Diego Uribe Cruz and his girlfriend Jafeth Ramos were charged with killing his relatives over money, police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents spent weeks investigating a tip from the informant who had been deported to Mexico, according to Uribe Cruz’s team of assistant Cook County public defenders.

The informant allegedly told police that a week before the bodies were discovered, a Juarez Cartel boss had dispatched three of his enforcers to Chicago after Uribe Cruz’s uncle — also one of the victim’s estranged husband — made off with a $3.5 million drug shipment.

That victim, 32-year-old Maria Herminia Martinez, was found dead along with her parents Noe and Rosaura Martinez; brother Noe Martinez Jr. and sons Leonardo Cruz, 13, and Alexi Cruz, 10.

Uribe Cruz and Ramos, had gone to the house, in the 5700 block of South California Avenue, with the intention to rob Uribe Cruz’s family, prosecutors said. Uribe Cruz also allegedly told police he had a “lot of anger” at how Herminia Martinez treated his uncle and started his murderous rampage by shooting her after she refused to give him money.

After killing five of his victims, Uribe Cruz waited in the house to murder 62-year-old Noe Martinez Sr., who had been out buying tamales and hot chocolate for the family. Police searched the home two days later in Feb. 2016 — finding all the doors locked — after 38-year-old Noe Martinez Jr’s co-workers reported him missing work.

Uribe Cruz was charged three months later after prosecutors said his DNA was found under Herminia Martinez’s fingernails, and his blood was discovered on the back stairs of the bungalow. Cellphone records also show his mobile was at the crime scene at the time of the murders, prosecutors said at the time.

Assistant Public Defender Margaret Domin is seeking to have prosecutors turn over background information on the informant in Mexico and the three others he identified as the killers.

The informant said he had been at the Juarez home of a cartel boss Jose “El Tio” Rivera, where he learned that Herminia Martinez’s husband, “Chino,” had taken a 250-kilogram drug shipment from the cartel and kept it for himself, according to a recent motion filed by Domin.

The informant said the “killers/enforcers” for the cartel told him they were headed to Chicago to “take care of business,” Domin wrote. The informant said his friend, who lived on the South Side, told him the three hitmen were also seen driving in the Martinezes’ neighborhood around the time of the murders.

Chicago police detectives and DEA agents met with the informant in Mexico City about a month after the killings, and collected a sample of his DNA. The informant’s DNA “could not be excluded” from DNA samples taken from the crime scene, according to Domin’s filing, which names the informant and the three alleged hitmen. The filing does not mention why investigators ruled out the informant, or the men he named as the killers, as possible suspects. The Chicago Sun-Times is not naming the informant or the other men since they have not been charged in the murders.

Uribe’s lawyers have asked for up-to-date contact information for the informant, his criminal background, information about his time as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection informant, as well as records of the informant’s travel to and from Mexico and Chicago around the time of the murders. They’re also asking for DNA profiles for the other three men that may be stored in law enforcement databases, as well as their criminal records.

The state’s attorney’s office declined comment, citing the pending case against Uribe Cruz, 26.


  1. No surprise, these "people" have made life hell and turned countless American neighborhoods into unlivable warzones, a reflection of their violent and failed homelands.

    1. F.U.! Who the hell are you refering to as "these people"?
      If you bothered to read stats or read at all you'd know that Mexican immigrants in this country have a lower crime rate than even Americans.
      This fucker here is probably 2 or third generation American of Mexican decent. Since racist fuckers clump everyone together I, understand their stupidity however.

    2. To the north lies a wasteland of addicts.

    3. @2:05 and to the south?

      There are just as many people doing drugs. The thing is, you can make more money in the US... because there is more money. There is a lot of drug use in Mexico, I know this for a fact. Hell, 90 of cartel members get high on their own supply.

  2. How did yall miss reporting on the two heads left on the road entrance outside the Hard Rock Hotel resort in Playa del Carmen??

  3. So a 250kilo shipment worth 3.5 million?? So 14k per key?? What was it, blow?? Seems way to cheap-

    And an idiot couldve saw that there was something bigger going on here- the police originally said this was all over an xbox or playstation or some bs..

    Also, im not buying that article from the other day that said cjng took over chicago- cds always has had it locked up- and ive never heard of them making moves here- la familia-zetas- beltrans etc have all been here- id love to know how dea came to that conclusion..

    1. Funny you mention this .. I have relatives scattered all over Mexico, from chihuahua and Sinaloa to Monterrey Toluca and Yucatán and Zacatecas .. and they all make a similar claim that Sinaloa has strongholds practically everywhere.. simply put mencho is not favored by the DEA nor the Mexican federal government like el Mayo is .. CJNG’s power lies with their ability to corrupt authorities at the local level and get local crime groups to flip onto their side .. different strategy than CDS which tried to eradicate the local crime groups and establish themselves in the area with someone from el Triangulo Dorado running the plaza .. Jalisco prefers you get the locals to join forces with them and fight the current plaza boss all while gettin the local police on the payroll .. this bull shot about CJNG power is to bring heat on to mencho and get the attention away from Mayo.. now that Chapo’s dumbass is in jail Mayo needs the heat to be on someone else

    2. Agreed about the heat for mencho/less attention on mayo. The dea makes it sound like cjng just waltses their way into a city and takes over.
      Theres people at the top of the drug game, whove been at it without getting busted, for decades. Theres a reason they never got caught. 1 reason being, not dealing with NEW PEOPLE.
      i dont care how good the prices are- cds would most likely match whatever price- its just not that easy to dump 10 20, 100 bricks of h on someone you never met or have ties to. But nice try, dea

  4. This stinks to heaven of evidence and witness tampering. But who's surprised: not much difference between Chicago police and the Mexican police.

  5. Alfredo Rios Galeana RIP!!

    1. 8:23 Que En Paz Descanse El Comandante. RIP.
      the people from Hidalgo State who stole his money never paid for their crimes,
      puro politico de cajas chinas.

  6. La familia templarios are now cjng..all just change shirts and go where the money is ..

  7. It's just another example of how easily mexican criminals cross mx - us borders without much intervention from american law enforcement. The most powerful country on earth letting foreign criminals invade their territory?

  8. I agree chicago police is like mexican police very very shady

    1. You're saying the Chicago police department got corrupted by mexican drug cartels already?

    2. You're right about Chicago cops. In Gang Leader For A Day, gang leaders allowed the author to tag along. They warned him how dangerous and corrupt Chicago cops were.
      The cops would make note of flyers advertising a big party, then burst in with face masks and guns and rob the drug dealers and anybody else with cash and bling.

    3. Do you honestly think that the cartels dont have chicago police cops on their payroll?? Illinois is the most corrupt state in the country, and its not even close imo..
      Just look at the saul rodriguez case alone. The dirty cop that saul was working for (greg lewellen?) Was robbing rivals of sauls, and getting saul paid for his info.. and at 1 time, saul had made over 800k in that year, and was the highest paid snitch on cpd's payroll...
      But a lot of the time, it sounds like cpd would rather rob you, or the stash house. Rather than work directly with you. Plenty of cops in this city got caught doing that shit. Jerome Finnigan and his "sos" squad of cops did it for years. Another crew of rogue cops doing it on the westside etc- shits BEEN going down

    4. 4:41 no names güey,
      sounds like the Chicago cops are ripe for a Big Ambush,
      nobody would say anything, go for it, gangster

  9. I knew he did not kill the family over their mistreatment of his poor look little uncle to whom the surviving children got sent in Morelos.

  10. Fuckn demons disguised as good people.

  11. MO sounds like personal benefit/familial homicide, not carried out for the benefit of a drug conspiracy

    Of course, there is a possibility the drugs are involved, and just weren't found, so the victims were tortured and murdered. But, Uribe, being a drug cartel hit man, no, for me, sounds like a defense hail mary.

  12. So where is the estranged husband?


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