Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Bodyguard Pleads Guilty to Murder in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas—A Mexican Sinaloa cartel bodyguard living in Denver, Colorado plead guilty to murdering a fellow member of the same transnational criminal organization, according to an FBI press release obtained by Breitbart Texas. The guilty plea came in a federal court in El Paso, Texas. The cartel killer is a Mexican citizen.

The Sinaloa cartel's Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre, age 32, admitted in federal court that he was a drug trafficker and bodyguard for the Sinaloa cartel. He also admitted to trafficking narcotics in West Texas and New Mexico—and to murdering a resident of New Mexico for reportedly communicating with law enforcement officers. The New Mexico resident was also described by U.S. authorities as a Sinaloa cartel member.

Breitbart Texas contributing editor and border security expert, Sylvia Longmire said, “These kinds of cartel activities have been happening on U.S. soil for years. DHS has acknowledged that they do not keep track of cartel-on-cartel violence when it occurs inside of the United States.” She added, “These incidents are routinely recorded as simple homicides, which gives DHS plausible deniability that spillover violence isn’t happening.”

This guilty plea comes shortly after the Sinaloa cartel was involved in another alleged event on U.S. soil. In that case, a Sinaloa cartel stash house was robbed in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Sinaloa cartel allegedly sent U.S. gang members from Los Angeles, California to kidnap teens and torture them. Breitbart Texas reported extensively on the ordeal.

The Sinaloa cartel, also known as the Sinaloa Federation, is Mexico’s most powerful transnational criminal organization. The three founding members initially ran what was known as the Guadalajara cartel. After two of the founders were arrested, the remaining member attempted to decentralize the business in 1987. This eventually led to cartel rivalries, which ultimately led to the increased violence in Mexico and the U.S. known as today’s Mexican cartel wars.

Brandon Darby is Managing Director of Breitbart Texas.

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