msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/9/2011 3:38:04 PM ET 2011-03-09T20:38:04

Ten members and associates of a Mexican gang have been charged in the U.S. in the murders a year ago of a U.S. consulate employee and two other people in Juarez, Mexico, the Attorney General announced Wednesday.

Seven of the 10 defendants charged in the murders were arrested and are in custody in Mexico.

Court documents unsealed in El Paso, Texas, revealed federal charges against 35 people in all allegedly linked to the Barrio Azteca gang, including the 10 charged in the murders.

    1. Castaway's parents thought they would never see him again

      The father of Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga said he was told his long-lost son vanished on a fishing trip but he didn’t have the heart to break the news to his ailing wife.

    2. Scotland legalizes same-sex marriage
    3. Weapons deal strengthened Assad: US intel chief
    4. Outcry over the fate of Sochi's stray dogs
    5. Olympic construction leaves Sochi residents in the cold

The Barrio Azteca gang is one of the most violent prison gangs in the U.S., which has branched out to communities located in Southwestern Texas, officials said.

Consulate employee Lesley A. Enriquez and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed on March 13 of last year when gunmen opened fire on their sport utility vehicle after they left a birthday party.

Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate, also was killed by gunmen after leaving the same event in a separate vehicle.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the charges represent "our continued action to ensure safety along our Southwest border."

Members of the gang are known for trafficking drugs across the border on behalf of the larger cartels in Mexico and specifically working for the Juarez cartel.

Seven of the 10 defendants charged in the murders are in custody in Mexico.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments