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Juarez Cartel Leader Gets Life In U.S. Consulate Murders

The former Mexican police officer and Juarez Cartel leader who ordered the murders of three U.S. Consulate officials in 2010 was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty today.

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Barrio Azteca Gang Leader Sentenced To Life in Prison

Barrio Azteca gang leader Roberto Angel Cardona (aka "Little Angelillo") was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy, authorities announced.

Knocking Down Barrio Azteca

The Barrio Azteca gang members organize themselves using a paramilitary structure and apply English terms or their Spanish equivalent words for ranks such as captain, lieutenant, and sergeant. By current estimates, more than 2,000 members make up their ranks. They often use the letters "BA" or numbers "21" as their identifying symbols and tattoos.

Barrio Azteca Members Plead Guilty To Conspiracy Charges

A U.S. citizen and Mexican national admitted to working with the gang in buying and selling illegal drugs on the streets of El Paso. They confirmed that the gang extorted money from drug dealers operating on the gang's turf.

Portrait of the El Paso Gang Unit

El Paso's Central Tactical Gang Unit was recently named the Police Department's Unit of the Year for building "a rock solid reputation" for its aggressive work in reducing gang activity and its intelligence gathering on the Barrio Azteca gang, the award citation stated.

N.M. Chief Arrested In Federal Border Raid

A federal raid targeting the Barrio Azteca street gang led to the arrest of Columbus (N.M.) Police Chief Angelo Vega Wednesday morning.

Mexican Cartels Run U.S. Drug Trade, Report Says

Mexican cartels have taken over most of the drug trade in the United States, and are working with 20 gangs, including the Barrio Aztecas, according to a just-released report by the National Drug Intelligence Center titled, "National Drug Threat Assessment 2009."