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Monday, December 18, 2023

Cartel Del Noreste Leader Convicted In Murder-For-Hire Plot

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A Laredo resident has been convicted of a drug conspiracy and a murder-for-hire plot involving the Cartel Del Noreste, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Dec. 15.

The jury deliberated for about an hour following a three-day trial before convicting Noe Gonzalez-Martinez, also known as “Tocayo,” of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, murder-for-hire conspiracy, murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking related crime and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos presided over the trial and set sentencing for March 25. Gonzalez-Martinez faces up to life in federal prison. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the Laredo Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jose Angel Moreno and Steven Chamberlin prosecuted the case.

During trial, the jury heard that between Sept. 7, 2021, and Sept. 13, 2021, Gonzalez-Martinez, a leader and manager of the CDN, and several other CDN members traveled from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, into Laredo.

Gonzalez-Martinez then solicited the help of other CDN affiliates to recruit, plan and coordinate the kidnapping and murder of an individual the Cartel believed had stolen from them, according to authorities.

“The investigation revealed Gonzalez-Martinez communicated via cellphone with co-conspirators to plan and coordinate the recovery of drugs and proceeds from the intended victim. In addition, Gonzalez-Martinez provided co-conspirators with an address where they could retrieve firearms and a vehicle to execute the murder,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The co-conspirators took possession of an automobile and firearms on Sept. 13 to carry out the murder. The firearms were a Colt Government Model caliber .45 pistol, Trooper MKIII caliber .357 magnum revolver, Bushmaster caliber .223-5.56 mm rifle and a Colt AR-15 A2 caliber .223, authorities said.

During an undercover operation, law enforcement set up the arrest of three “sicarios” who were crossed into Laredo by the CDN. Jurors also heard how authorities detailed their investigation into the cellphones used by the CDN to commit this crime.

“A co-conspirator provided insider knowledge of the CDN and its operations. Additionally, he admitted to the jury he was a sicario, a hired killer for the CDN and his participation in the crime,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Co-conspirators Juan Antonio Martinez-Padilla, also known as Juan Antonio Martinez-Lopez or Otoniel Martinez-Padilla, 58; Gregorio Gonzalez-Barragan, 33; and Rodolfo Reyna-Zapata, 25 -- all from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico -- had previously pleaded guilty to the kidnapping conspiracy and are pending sentencing.

Laredo, Texas 

Laredo Morning Times


  1. CDN has the snitching virus también?? No pos WOW!!

  2. His azz is grassed. No more freedom.

  3. He will probably get about 30 years. The others took pleas and he should have too.

  4. Con USA no se juega werkos keep that shit in mexico over here we have real man real police real military 🇺🇲 we Aint no cowards stay in mexico with that bullshit we americans dont play 🇺🇲💪

    1. 10:05 😂 joke of the day 😂.... but on the real tell us why that "real police n real men" chickened out n left a bunch of kids to b slaughtered in ubalde tx school please...COWARDLY ACT OF UR REAL MEN

    2. Yall a joke to the gangs in the US, on top of that look how scared law enforcement acts around a mass shooter. Best military? These new generation of 18-24 year olds that play fornite and watch TikTok? They’ll get slapped around 🤣🤣 Neta que se te nota lo pendejo

    3. 10:05 playing fornite level super advanced lol

    4. You look losers do what you want in your cesspool Don't come over here with your crappy narcocorridos and your stolen trucks.

    5. Another one bites the dust.

    6. Let's see if those bums act the same at BOP like they act outside they either pay protection from the local gangs or become the tangos

    7. Exactly Kingpins that run Mexico. They get extorted in American prisons. They have zero power.

  5. "Gonzalez-Martinez then solicited the help of other CDN affiliates to recruit, plan and coordinate the kidnapping and murder of an individual the Cartel believed had stolen from them, according to authorities."

    Who did he kill?

  6. That’s what happens to thieves. Don’t steal from the lord. Free them.


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