- Michelle Pineda was apprehended by the FBI and the United States Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, last Thursday
- Authorities raided his hotel and discovered two guns, knives, machetes and an unspecified amount of drugs, including powdered fentanyl and pills.
- The 22-year-old, accused of five murders, is a member of ‘Artistas Asesinos’, a police unit of the Sinaloa Cartel.
A Mexican woman wanted for a series of gang murders and for dismembering her victims was arrested at a Texas motel by the FBI and the United States Border Patrol.
Michelle Pineda was allegedly involved in five murders and is suspected of playing a role in several other murders in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, the FBI said in a statement.
The 22-year-old was known for dismembering the bodies of her victims and removing their hearts, which were placed on an altar in front of ‘Santa Muerte’, a popular Mexican saint represented by a skeletal figure.
Pineda had illegally crossed the US-Mexico border and ran a drug trafficking network for the ‘Artistas Asesinos’ street gang, a police unit of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Mexican citizen Michelle Pineda was arrested by the FBI and the United States Border Patrol at a hotel in El Paso, Texas, last Thursday. The 22-year-old is accused of five murders and participating in several others with members of the Artistas Asesinos – a gang linked to the Sinaloa Cartel – in the border city of Ciudad Juárez.
Federal and local agents raided the hotel where Michelle Pineda was staying and found two guns, knives, machetes and an unspecified amount of drugs, including fentanyl powder and pills.
Federal and local authorities learned last Thursday that she was in the country illegally and raided the motel during the early morning hours.
Officers confiscated a shotgun, a revolver, knives and machetes along with an unknown amount of fentanyl powder and pills, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and Xanax.
Pineda was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and then escorted to the border entry point by Border Patrol and FBI agents, who transferred her custody to the Chihuahua State Police and the State Attorney General’s Office. from Chihuahua.
“Today’s deportation highlights the swift action of our agents and our important partnerships in successfully removing a violent murderer from our streets and placing her back in the hands of Mexican authorities to stand trial for her crimes,” said FBI Special Agent John Morales. in El Paso. agent in charge.
“Working hand in hand with our partners, whether in law enforcement, the private sector and with foreign law enforcement agencies, is paramount to preventing people like Pineda from bringing violence and drugs into our lives and poisoning our communities.”
Pineda, suspected of participating in 20 murders, five of them for which she is charged, was arrested in El Paso, Texas, last Thursday and handed over to Mexican authorities the next day.
According to the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Chihuahua, Pineda gang members and Killer Artists would have murdered more than 20 people, whose bodies were dismembered and abandoned throughout Ciudad Juárez.
Pineda allegedly murdered a couple on November 24, 2003, and killed a man on December 5.
The male victim’s throat was cut and his body was dismembered in a home and placed in bags that were found scattered in the border town.
Carlos Salas, who serves as attorney general of the northern zone of Chihuahua, told the newspaper El Diario de Juárez that Pineda’s criminal record dates back to when he was just 13 years old.
“This young woman grew up surrounded by violence, both inside and outside her home,” he said. The time came when she became involved with the Killer Artists… a structure in which she rose very quickly.’
‘He was a priority objective for both countries, as a member of the criminal group,’ Salas added. ‘He was very versatile and operated on both sides of the border, he knew in many cases when the police were nearby and he promptly fled from the places where they were already located and almost on the verge of being arrested.’