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Trial begins for two Texas Mexican Mafia members accused of killing drug dealing cop

November 1, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Trial begins for two Texas Mexican Mafia members accused of killing drug dealing cop

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SAN ANTONIO – Trial started on Tuesday for two alleged members of the Texas Mexican Mafia accused in the fatal hit on a Balcones Heights police officer back in 2014.

Jury selection wrapped up on Monday in the federal racketeering trial of Jesse Santibanez and Alfredo Cardona.

The two reputed Texas Mexican Mafia gang members are charged with using a firearm during a crime violence in furtherance of a racketeering offense in connection with the murder of Balcones Heights Police officer Julian Pesina.

Officer Julian Pesina pictured above

Prosecutors say Santibanez and Cardona ambushed Pesina outside his tattoo shop in May 2014 on the orders of the Mexican Mafia leadership.

At the time of his murder, the FBI was investigating a drug distribution ring involving members of the Texas Mexican Mafia and Pesina, who also claimed membership in the gang.

According to the San Antonio Express, the gang members set up Pesina by arranging a meeting to collect “the dime,” a 10-percent tax drug dealers must kick up to the gang.

Texas Mexican Mafia members from left to right: Ruben “Menace” Reyes, Jesse Santibanez and Alfredo Cardona

Gang leader Jerry Idrogo and his lieutenant Ruben “Menace” Reyes previously pleaded guilty for their role in Pesina’s execution.

Investigators said once Pesina paid Idrogo the drug money, Cardona and Santibanez walked up from the side of the building and opened fire killing the officer.

The trial is expected to last three weeks

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