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Federal judge sentences Mexican drug cartel operatives involved in North Texas Police shootout

May 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal judge sentences Mexican drug cartel operatives involved in North Texas Police shootout ose Cardenas Aguirre (at left), Melissa Trevino (center) and Javier Martinez (at right).

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A judge sentenced several Mexican drug cartel operatives to prison for a kidnapping that turned into a rolling shootout in North Texas. The gunmen utilized automatic AK-47s and AR-15s to shoot at officers to evade capture.

The case was launched in July 2016 when Melissa Trevino, Jose Cardenas Aguirre, and Javier Martinez, all Mexican nationals in the U.S. illegally, plotted to abduct a man identified in court records as RG.

The cartel ordered the kidnapping as a result of an unpaid sum of money related to drugs.

According to Breitbart Texas, the unnamed cartel cell headed by Martinez moved kilogram amounts of heroin from Mexico to southern Dallas.

While court records do not specify which cartel the cell associated with, a published DEA report indicated that the Sinaloa Cartel is the group with the most influence in the area.

Other criminal organizations operating in the area include the Beltran Leyva, Gulf, and Los Zetas Cartels.

Jose Cardenas Aguirre, Indolfo Martinez c(enter) and Javier Martinez, along with Maria were all sentenced

To collect the drug debt, the group dressed in body armor, tactical clothing, and shot a fully-automatic AK-47 and two AR-15s. Authorities reported that the group tried to wipe their fingerprints off the bullets before they were loaded into the weapons.

On the day of the abduction, the group failed to kidnap RG from an unknown location in the Dallas suburb of Ennis. The gunmen tried to flee after the botched kidnapping. Officers pursued the gunmen and during the chase, the group began shooting at police.

The FBI and Ennis Police named six members of the cartel cell and secured a criminal indictment in August 2016. Since then, police apprehended five of the members who subsequently pleaded guilty.

This week, Melissa Treviño appeared before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle who sentenced her to 17 years and six months behind bars for her role in the kidnapping operation.

The U.S. Attorney’s office reported earlier this month that the judge sentenced cell leader Javier Martinez to 480 months. His father, Indolfo Martinez, was hit with a 64-month sentence. In March, Jose Cardenas Aguirre was sentenced to 324 months in federal prison, while Maria Guadalupe Bello received an 18-month prison sentence.

After their prison terms are served, the cartel operatives will face extradition. Authorities are still on the hunt for Jonathan Benitez, who remains a fugitive.

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