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Mexican national admits slitting throats of fellow drug gangsters

SAN DIEGO - Pleading guilty to murder, a 35-year-old Mexican national admitted in federal court Friday that he killed two fellow drug gangsters by slashing their throats.

Roberto Ochoa told District Court Judge Dana Sabraw that he suspected the two of having stolen their organization's profits from the sale of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Ochoa was among 13 persons indicted in 2011 on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. He is the eighth to plead guilty.

Ochoa pleaded guilty to using a knife to slit the throats of Hector Gonzalez and Rodolfo Robles in San Jacinto. The bodies were found by Riverside County sheriff's deputies.

The charge of intentional killing during the course of a drug trafficking conspiracy carries a minimum 20-year prison sentence and a possible life sentence or death penalty.

Ochoa, who lived in Tijuana, is set to be sentenced June 6.


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