Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

DEL RIO – A 36-year-old Texas Mexican Mafia leader from Eagle Pass, Jesus Lopez (aka “Worst Ever”) faces up to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute to include acts of murder, extortion and drug trafficking.

The case of Lopez was taken before a U.S. Court in Del Rio, Texas.

The announcement was made on Thursday, August 25, 2016 by United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr.; FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division; Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw; DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division; Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden; and, Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch, U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector.

According to court records, under the direction of Lopez, fellow TMM member and co-defendant Anselmo Flores, age 28 formerly of Eagle Pass, stabbed and murdered Eagle Pass resident Angel Cantu on January 22, 2011.

In an effort to deflect law enforcement attention away from the criminal enterprise, Lopez provided money to Flores following the murder, so that Flores could flee the area.  Furthermore, at the time of Cantu’s murder, fellow TMM member and co-defendant, 37-year-old Francisco Hernandez, of Eagle Pass, assaulted an individual with a dangerous weapon.   

Court records also reflect that in December 2010, Lopez ordered Flores, Hernandez and others to retrieve and destroy firearms, which they did. The firearms were used during the attempted murder of an individual who provided information about the TMM to law enforcement.

Since 2009, Lopez admitted to distributing narcotics and extorting other cocaine distributors in Eagle Pass in furtherance of the TMM criminal enterprise.

Lopez, Flores and Hernandez are among 16 TMM members or associates to enter a guilty plea resulting from this investigation. No sentencing date has been scheduled for Lopez. 

This investigation was conducted by the FBI, Texas Rangers, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the United States Border Patrol.