On Wednesday, an El Paso woman was sentenced to 15 years behind bars after she was found guilty of helping her brothers operate a drug-trafficking organization implicated in the killing of four victims in Juárez in 2008.
Dalia Valencia, 44, and her brothers, Emmanuel “Richie” Velasco Gurrola and Samuel Velasco Gurrola, were also required together to pay a penalty of over $12.4 million, the El Paso Times reported.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office indicated that Valencia and her siblings operated a border criminal group involved in pot smuggling, auto thefts, and abductions for ransom in Juárez that were planned in El Paso.
In March, Emmanuel and Samuel Velasco Gurrola were each sentenced to life in federal prison in the murder-for-hire plot resulting in the death of Samuel’s wife Ruth Sagredo to stop her from testifying against him in a child sexual assault trial in El Paso.
The two brothers were found guilty of conspiring to kill in a foreign country among other charges.
The U.S. Marshals Service is still on the hunt for Valencia’s sister, Monica Velasco, a 43-year-old former teacher.
She has been sought for over a year on money laundering, racketeering, drug conspiracy charges related to the Velasco family crime organization.
Sagredo’s father, Francisco Sagredo Villarreal, and her sister were first murdered to entice Sagredo to Juárez for their funerals. Sagredo and a friend, Roberto Martinez, were killed by gunmen who attacked her vehicle during a funeral procession for her sister, Cinthia Sagredo Escobedo.
Last year, Valencia pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and theft of government property. Valencia was also known as Dalia Velasco and Dalia Krantz.
Court records indicate that Valencia was handled and stored cash earned by the El Paso-based Velasco crime group, which had associations with Dallas, Las Vegas, and North and South Carolina.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones required Valencia to pay $80,000 to the victims’ relatives and $49,7897 to the Social Security Administration.
Briones also required the seizure of Valencia’s properties — land in Horizon City and a residence.