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.

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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.

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