Mexican Thug Pleads Guilty to Asaulting US Law Enforcement Officers
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
Juan Carlos De La Cruz Reyna, 36, of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to assault and murder federal agents, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
The guilty plea was entered at a hearing before United States District Judge Jilda G. Tagle in Houston. The charges against De La Cruz Reyna arose out of an alleged encounter in November 1999 between members of the Gulf Cartel, including Oziel Cardenas-Guillen, the then head of the Gulf Cartel, and a DEA agent and an FBI agent.
At Mondayâ€™s hearing, De La Cruz Reyna admitted he and others were stopped the agents as they drove through Matamoros on official business. While stopped, the agents were threatened at gunpoint by De La Cruz Reyna, who was armed with an assault rifle, and others.
Cardenas-Guillen, who was present at the scene, allegedly threatened the agents even after one of the agents identified himself as a United States law enforcement agent. Eventually, the agents were allowed to leave but warned never to return to Matamoros.
De La Cruz Reyna is scheduled for sentencing on July 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. He faces a maximum of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a three-year-term of supervised release on each count.
A co-defendant, Ruben Sauceda-Rivera, 42, of Matamoros, also pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to launder monetary instruments before Judge Tagle on Monday. During the course of Sauceda-Riveraâ€™s involvement in the money laundering conspiracy between November 1998 until April 2002, he became the assistant to â€œNoventa,â€ the bookkeeper for the cartel.
As his assistant, Sauceda-Rivera assisted Noventa in collecting and accounting for millions of dollars in drug proceeds collected in places such as Houston and Atlanta, which were then transported to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, and from there into Mexico. Drug ledgers seized in Atlanta in June 2001 show that in an approximate three-month period, the Gulf Cartel distributed a minimum of 2,927 kilograms of cocaine generating more than $41 million.
Sauceda-Rivera, who is also scheduled for sentencing on July 3, faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $500,000 or not more than twice the value of the funds laundered, whichever is greater, and a three-year-term of supervised release.
De La Cruz Reyna and Sauceda-Rivera have been in federal custody since their arrest and will remain in federal custody pending sentencing.
In addition to these two defendants, eight others are charged with various counts: Oziel Cardenas-Guillen, 41, of Mexico; Adan Medrano, 39, of Mexico; Victor Manuel Vasquez-Mireles, 41, of Mexico; Jorge Costilla-Sanchez, 37, of Mexico; Juan Gilberto Reyes, of Mexico; Rafael Betancourt-Velez, 38, of Mexico; Rogelio Pizana Gonzalez, 35, of Mexico; and Baldomero Gonzalez Ruiz, 50, of Mexico.
Cardenas-Guillen is currently in custody in the United States without bond and is set for final pretrial and jury selection on Aug. 31, 2009, and Sept. 8, 2009, respectively, while the other suspects are remain fugitives.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.