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4 charged in Texas with plotting to kill DEA agent

3 weeks 23 hours 37 minutes ago Wednesday, July 15 2020 Jul 15, 2020 July 15, 2020 4:26 PM July 15, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) — Four people have been charged in Texas with plotting to have a Drug Enforcement Administration agent killed, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors in Dallas announced Wednesday that a grand jury returned an indictment against Manuel Garcia Gomez, 22; Jorge Humberto Velazco Larios, 27; Eva Denisse Gomez Garcia, 38; and Alicia Yuritzi Juarez Martinez, 31. Each is charged with conspiring to use interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire.

Gomez and Larios were arrested, while Garcia and Martinez are believed to be fugitives in Mexico, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox’s office.

Court records show both Gomez and Larios entered not-guilty pleas on Wednesday.

The indictment says Gomez was jailed in Johnson County on a methamphetamine charge when he offered $20,000 — $5,000 upfront and $15,000 upon completion — to have the agent assigned to his case killed.

The indictment alleges Gomez called his girlfriend, Martinez, and his sister, Garcia, to arrange for the delivery of the money. He told them that Larios, the co-defendant in his drug case, was contributing to the payment, prosecutors said

Prosecutors said an unindicted co-conspirator made a $3,000 “down payment” on June 11 for the killing and later paid $2,000.

The unidentified agent was not harmed.

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