Organized crime knows no borders. If someone wants you dead, they’ll get you regardless of any walls or border patrols. In El Paso, 34-year-old Sinaloa cartel member Francisco Javier Pulido was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in federal prison for kidnapping a gang member who lost a load a marijuana and taking him to Mexico where he was killed.
Pulido had already pleaded guilty on October 26, 2016, to one count of conspiracy to kill, kidnap or injure in a foreign country. By pleading guilty, he admitted to conspiring with others in the kidnapping and murder of Sergio Saucedo from his home in Horizon City on September 3, 2009. The crew took Saucedo to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where he was murdered and mutilated in retaliation for the loss of a 670-pound marijuana load seized by authorities at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint.
With this sentencing, this investigation has resulted in federal convictions and prison sentences for five individuals in connection with the Saucedo kidnapping and murder. Rafael Vega and Cesar Obregon-Reyes each received life imprisonment; Cesar Pineda received 20 years’ imprisonment; and, Omar Obregon-Ortiz received 100 months’ imprisonment.
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