Members of the Sinaloa cartel will be tried next week


Mario Alberto Iglesias Villegas accused of killing the groom after a wedding in 2010

Arturo shows Urquidi. / Courtesy of the US Drug Enforcement Agency

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A man known as the “Grim Reaper” and another known as “Chous” are scheduled to appear in US federal court on Monday.

Mario Alberto Iglesias Villegas, the reaper, and Arturo Shows Urquidi, chous, are accused of criminal activity within the largest criminal organization in Mexico.

On Monday, they will be before U.S. Judge Frank Montalvo at 9 a.m. in El Paso for jury selection and trial, according to court schedules.

The two are part of a grand indictment by a federal grand jury that included Sinaloa cartel leaders Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia. On April 24, 2012, the leaders and 22 other members of the cartel were charged with criminal activities ranging from drug trafficking to conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.

Iglesias faces charges of conspiracy to kill in a foreign government and kidnapping, as well as charges of prosecution of a criminal enterprise and money laundering.

He is accused of aiding and conspiring with others to kidnap three people, including a US citizen. The victims were then found murdered on May 10, 2010 in Ciudad Juarez.

Urquidi faces charges of conspiracy to possess narcotics, money laundering, conspiracy to possess, and trafficking in firearms and drugs, and racketeering.

He is accused of participating in the unloading and loading of cocaine, including drug products and firearms, at a warehouse in Juarez.

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