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It Took The FBI, Homeland Security, And the DEA To Bring This El Paso Man To Justice

“They conspired to kill Ruth Sagredo because, if she was killed, she would not be able to testify in that case,” Special Agent Thomas Salloway said.

Back in January of 2005, Samuel Velasco Gurrola of El Paso, Texas, was indicted by a grand jury, alleging he had sexually assaulted a child. If convicted, Samuel faced up to 99 years in prison. The victim had spoken of the incident with Samuel’s wife, Ruth Sagredo Escobedo, and so Ruth’s testimony looked as if it could put him away. Ruth had no sympathy for Samuel, as she had already separated from her husband. Taking justice into his own hands, Samuel hired two relatives, supposed crime boss Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola and Dalia Valencia, to help him in a murder-for-hire plot against his wife to keep her silent.

What happened next was straight out of a movie.

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In October 2008, right before the trial was to begin, Samuel Velasco Gurrola and his murderous relatives decided to kill Ruth’s father Francisco Maria Sagredo, who lived in Juárez, Chihuahua. The plan was to lure Ruth to Mexico to attend her father’s funeral, where they could then kill Ruth, as well. At the time, Juárez was steeped in violence, and the trio hoped they could make it look like an unrelated cartel hit. When Ruth did not attend her father’s funeral, the trio turned their focus to Ruth’s sister, Cinthia Judith Sagredo Escobedo, who also happened to live in Juárez. They murdered Cinthia in front of the Posada San Nicolás hotel, where she worked. This plan worked, and two days later Ruth was killed while riding in her sister’s funeral procession. According to witnesses, two trucks pulled along side and blasted several rounds from AK-47s into Ruth’s 2004 Kia Amanti. Ruth died in the attack, along with her friend Roberto Martínez, the man who had warned her not to attend her father’s funeral.

With no witnesses left in the sexual assault trial, Samuel Velasco Gurrola was a free man. Almost.

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Now, 41-year-old Samuel Velasco Gurrola is facing a mandatory life sentence thanks to his involvement in the murders. He’s been formally convicted of conspiracy to cause foreign travel for murder for hire and conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country. His relatives involved in the case were also convicted of similar conspiracy counts and are facing life sentences, as well. Though his cousins tried to make it look like a cartel hit, many people were able to see through their plan. Within a few weeks, Stephanie Sanchez at El Paso Times had already published a piece questioning the cartel connection, highlighting that Ruth’s lawyer, Edward Hernandez, outright denied it. Stephanie even touched on Ruth’s domestic troubles with her husband, Samuel Velasco Gurrola, a more likely suspect. Samuel’s eventual arrest came from the collaborative efforts of the D.E.A, Homeland Security, and the F.B.I.

Though she didn’t live to see justice served, Ruth would more than likely feel vindicated by the recent conviction. “She was very adamant about getting this person (Velasco) prosecuted and have him pay for what he did,” Eduardo Avalos Sr, Ruth’s first husband, told CBS.


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North Carolina Spanish Teacher Dies In Shootout With Mexican Cartel

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North Carolina Spanish Teacher Dies In Shootout With Mexican Cartel

A beloved Spanish teacher at a North Carolina school was killed in a shootout with a Mexican cartel. The Spanish teacher and coach was popular among students, faculty, and staff and lived by the motto “All Love…No Fear.”

Coach Barney Harris was beloved at the Union Academy Charter School.

Harris’ death stunned the community and the school’s social media lit up with memorials and remembrances of the teacher. Students responded with notes honoring the coach. Yet, the varsity basketball and track coach for the Charlotte-area charter school was hiding a secret that quickly came to light shortly after his death.

As students, faculty, and staff expressed sorrow for his sudden death, details emerged that changed the narrative. Turns out that Harris was killed in a gunfight with a Mexican cartel. Authorities in North Carolina revealed that Harris’ body was found in a mobile home in Alamance County, where he allegedly met with drug runner Alonso Beltran Lara.

The details of Harris’ death have shocked more than his community.

The school’s social media pages quickly deleted tribute posts to the Spanish teacher when the details were revealed. Authorities were cautious with releasing the information to make sure that the facts were verified.

“I can tell you this right now. When we are dealing with the Mexican drug cartel, somebody’s probably going to die as a result of this right here, somewhere else. And we did not want to put it out there until we could get a good grip of what’s going on here,” Sheriff Terry Johnson told WCNC.

According to authorities, it is believed that Harris, along with his brother-in-law, killed a drug runner for the cartel and a gunfight ensued. Harris was killed during the shootout.

According to authorities, the two interstates, Interstate 85 and Interstate 40, have created a well-used corridor for moving money and drugs for the cartels.

Authorities seized five firearms, about $7,000 in cash, and 1.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine from the scene. No other people in the mobile home park were injured.

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El Chapo’s Mother Claims That The US Illegally Extradited Her Son And She Wants Him Back

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El Chapo’s Mother Claims That The US Illegally Extradited Her Son And She Wants Him Back

El Chapo’s mother has reportedly asked Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to bring her son back from U.S. federal custody. María Consuelo Loera Pérez, El Chapo’s mother, claims that the U.S. illegally extradited her son from Mexico.

María Consuelo Loera Pérez, El Chapo’s mom, wants her son brought back to Mexico.

According to Daily Mail, El Chapo’s mother sent a letter to President López Obrador claiming to have information that proves that the U.S illegally extradited her son. In the letter, Loera Pérez argues that her attorneys have sufficient proof that the U.S. acted inappropriately and is asking President López Obrador to bring El Chapo back to serve his sentence in Mexican custody.

It is alleged that Loera Pérez’s attorneys are already in talks to bring El Chapo back to Mexico.

Some people have been able to find humor in the news. El Chapo was extradited and eventually convicted by U.S. authorities on a series of felonies tied to his participation in the drug trade. His involvement in cartel activities in Mexico that spilled into the U.S. led to his extradition and sentencing in U.S. custody.

The news comes after a viral video showed AMLO visiting with El Chapo’s mother.

The video, allegedly taken in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico, shows AMLO walking up and greeting Loera Pérez as she sits in a car. He can allegedly be heard telling her not to get out of the car and that he did get her letter. The mention of the letter does lend credibility to the claims of El Chapo’s mother fighting to bring him back. However, it is unclear what the letter he mentioned addressed.

The video is drawing strong reactions from people as AMLO is violating social distancing guidelines set forth to combat COVID-19.

AMLO has been panned for leaving Mexico exceptionally vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic by not moving quickly enough to set restrictions. Health authorities in Mexico are urging all 130 million citizens to stay indoors and to only leave on essential business.

Some people are more upset with the fact AMLO met with El Chapo’s mother.

“In this case, the least of the problems is the social distancing for Covid19,” @archibaldo53 tweeted. “The true problem is the significance of this visit that clarifies our doubt completely and finds López in relations with these people.”

El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence in U.S. federal custody. He was sentenced to life by a Federal District Court in Brooklyn for his drug, murder, and money laundering charges.

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