Mexican Drug Trafficker Wanted for Murder of U.S. Diplomat and Her Cop Husband  

After almost 10-years living as a fugitive, Luis Mendez is being listed this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the most wanted Mexican gang member. The allegations include a number of  drug-related crimes but  the most serious offense was his role in the killing of a U.S. State Department member assigned to the Juarez, Mexico consulate along with her Texas cop husband.

U.S. Consulate Staffer Lesley Enriquez and her husband El Paso, Texas Detention Officer Arthur Redelfs were ambushed and killed by Mexican gang members in 2010.

On a FBI Most Wanted poster released this week, Mexican drug cartel member Luis Mendez is featured as a suspect who is facing charges that include: Murder Resulting from the Use and Carrying of a Firearm During and in Relation to Crimes of Violence and Drug Trafficking; Murder in Aid of Racketeering Activity; Conspiracy to Conduct the Affairs of an Enterprise through a Pattern of Racketeering Activity; Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Import Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments; Conspiracy to Kill Persons in a Foreign Country; and Obstruction of Justice

On March 13, 2010 during the early days of President Barack Obama’s administration, three individuals associated with the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, were killed in related attacks after leaving a children’s birthday party in Juarez, Mexico. The victims of the first attack were U.S. citizens Lesley Ann Enriquez-Catton, an employee of the United States Consulate in Juarez, and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, an El Paso County Sheriff’s Detention Officer. Mendes is suspected of being one of the shooters in what amounts to a political assassination.

During that time in 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran Obama’s State Department, and their response was a preview of future Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton non-actions and selective outrages. They gave the incident minimal attention as did the highly partisan news media who barely covered the bloodbath perpetrated by Mexican gangsters who freely traipsed back and forth across a minimally protected Mexico-United States border.

Shortly after leaving the birthday party, the young diplomat and her law enforcement officer husband were shot at close range by an individual outside their vehicle. Enriquez was four months pregnant at the time of the attack and her unborn child was also killed. Unfortunately, Redelfs was not allowed to carry his service sidearms and could not offer any resistance to the brutal attack.

Around the same time, in an attack virtually identical to the murders of Enriquez and Redelfs, Jorge Alberto Salcido-Ceniceros was also shot and killed in his vehicle as he left the same party. Salcido-Ceniceros was the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee. Salcido’s three young children were also in the vehicle and were minimally wounded in the attack.

Members of the Barrio Azteca Gang were identified as being responsible for the deaths of Enriquez, her unborn child, Redelfs, and Salcido. Mendez is the remaining fugitive for this investigation, and some of his co-conspirators have been extradited to the U.S. or are in Mexican custody.

Mendez has since left the Barrio Azteca gang and has formed a new hybrid gang/cartel named “La Nueva Empresa” in Juarez. Mendez continues to pose a danger to the communities of Juarez and El Paso, Texas, due to the violence invoked by La Nueva Empresa to establish control in the city of Juarez.

On March 3, 2011, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Mendez in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, after he was charged with the aforementioned crimes.

The FBI, U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) under President Donald Trump is taking this case to heart and is demanding that American citizens be given top priority in U.S. public safety and security.

“Trump is hated by the Democrats and the news media because he gives American citizens protection, while they on the left care more about illegal immigrants, criminal aliens and foreign terrorists and their so-called ‘rights’ which are given to them by black-robed attorneys, socialist governors and mayors as well as politicized police chiefs and prosecutors,” said Michael Snopes, a former U.S. Marine intelligence operative and city police detective.

“Hopefully Mendez will be finally captured and Enriquez, her unborn child, Officer Redelfs, and  Salcido, the husband of another U.S. diplomat, will finally get some semblance of justice,” Snopes added.


NACOP Chiefs of Police - James Kouri

Jim Kouri is a member of the Board of Advisors and a former vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida in May 1967. The Association was organized for educational and charitable activities for law enforcement officers in command ranks and supervisory agents of state & federal law enforcement agencies as well as leaders in the private security sector. NACOP also provides funding to small departments, officers and the families of those officers paralyzed and disabled in the line of duty.

One thought on “Mexican Drug Trafficker Wanted for Murder of U.S. Diplomat and Her Cop Husband  

  • February 28, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Double wire fence ?
    That worked out well – NOT


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