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February 16, 2010

Why we need immigration reform; DEA supervisor exposes cover-up of U.S. agents' role in mass murder in Mexico

"April 1, 2005—DEA supervisor Sandalio Gonzalez hit a nerve when he fired off a letter in February 2005 to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in El Paso, Texas.

Gonzalez' letter blew the whistle on the alleged cover-up of ICE agents' complicity in multiple murders in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez. The homicides were tied to an investigation into Heriberto Santillan-Tabares, who U.S. prosecutors claim is a top lieutenant in Vicente Carrillo Fuentes' Juárez drug organization.

Santillan has been charged with cocaine and marijuana smuggling along with five counts of murder—a crime that can get him a death sentence in the U.S. justice system. His case is currently pending in federal district court in San Antonio, Texas, and is slated for trial in May.

A confidential informant, who allegedly had attained high standing within the Juárez organization, played a critical role in snaring Santillan. The informant's name is Jesus Contreras, who is also known by the nickname "Lalo."

Between August 2003 and mid-January 2004, a dozen people were tortured, murdered and then buried in the yard of a house in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez. Contreras, according to sources, participated in many of those murders."...

at http://onlinejournal.org/Special_Reports/040105Conroy/040105conroy.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 16, 2010 09:14 AM

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