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Police: Drug informant was killed by informant
« on: August 11, 2009, 06:22:44 pm »
Police: Drug informant was killed by informant

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A man accused of hiring a U.S. Army soldier and another man to kill a Mexican drug cartel lieutenant who was cooperating with U.S. authorities was himself a government informant, a police official said Tuesday.

Ruben Rodriguez Dorado hired Pfc. Michael Jackson Apodaca, 18, and Christopher Duran, 17, to help kill Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, El Paso police said Tuesday in charging documents against the three men. The three men were arrested Monday and charged with capital murder in the May 15 slaying of Gonzalez, who was shot eight times outside his pricey El Paso home.

Rodriguez, like Gonzalez, was an informant working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, according to a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to divulge details of the investigation. He said authorities were seeking an arrest warrant for a fourth man who is believed to have ordered the killing from Mexico.

Gonzalez was living in El Paso on a visa given to him by ICE when he was killed, the police official said.

An ICE spokeswoman, Leticia Zamarripa, did not immediately respond to an e-mail request seeking comment Tuesday, but she previously declined to comment on whether Gonzalez was working with the service.

Apodaca, Duran and Rodriguez were being held on $1 million bond. It was not immediately clear if Apodaca or Duran had retained lawyers. Online court documents didn't list attorneys for any of the three men, and police said they didn't know.

A woman at Rodriguez's home who declined to give her name but said she was his wife, said she couldn't comment on the charges and referred questions to a lawyer, Russell M. Aboud. Aboud did not immediately respond to a phone message Tuesday seeking comment.

Apodaca, who was stationed at nearby Fort Bliss, told investigators he was paid to kill Gonzalez, according to police. Duran said he drove the getaway car after the shooting, police said. Police did not say how much each was allegedly paid.

According to the charging documents, the Juarez cartel wanted Gonzalez killed because they believed he was a government informant or had changed his allegiance to a rival cartel, and had provided information to authorities that led to the arrest of a more senior cartel member.

Gonzalez was in fact an informant for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to three U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about it.

Investigators said Rodriguez told them Monday that like Gonzalez, he was a midlevel member of the Juarez cartel, which he referred to as the "Compania." He said his job was to coordinate surveillance by "following intended victims up until their execution in Mexico," and that he had been ordered to track down Gonzalez, according to the charging documents.

Gonzalez, who apparently ran a freight company from his two-story home, was aware Rodriguez was looking for him and told a witness he would be killed if Rodriguez found him, police said.

The night of the killing, Rodriguez, Apodaca and Duran tracked down Gonzalez at a relative's home in nearby Canutillo, followed him home and killed him, investigators said.

A witness reported hearing an argument in Spanish just before the shooting, police said.

Apodaca, a native of El Paso, enlisted in September and was assigned to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

A Fort Bliss spokeswoman, Jean Offutt, declined to discuss the specifics of Apodaca's case.

"Anytime someone does something like this, and a soldier in our case, it's terrible," Offutt said.

Investigators said Rodriguez recruited a small group of El Paso men to work for him, including Apodaca and Duran.

All three men and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in May and charged with trying to steal a truckload of televisions from an El Paso dealership, Cazador Logistics. Those charges are pending.

Sheriff's deputies said the four tried to hook a 53-foot trailer containing the televisions onto one of two sport utility vehicles but were unsuccessful and fled. They were arrested a short time later on a highway east of the city.

The 16-year-old's name was withheld because he was treated as a juvenile.

It was not immediately clear how the other three pleaded in that case.


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Santa Ana Police raid Pot Shop Munch Edibles Caught on tape
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During a police raid on an unpermitted pot shop in Santa Ana late last month, hidden cameras caught officers eating marijuana-laced “edibles,” playing darts and displaying other questionable behavior, according to an attorney who plans to sue the city in connection with the raid.

The incident occurred at Sky High Holistic, a medical marijuana dispensary operating without a business permit, officials with the Santa Ana Police Department confirmed. The raid, at 419 W. 17th St., was one of several such recent operations, police said.

Video of the raid was taken by the regular surveillance cameras the shop had in place, as well as a hidden one set up in anticipation of a police visit.

The footage shows at least eight officers busting into the dispensary, guns drawn, shouting “everybody on the ground” to customers and workers.

“I was about to kick her in her f—ing nub,” a female officer later says of a customer with an amputated leg in a wheelchair.