SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Charges against one of the five defendants in the Sept. 6-7 Norwood home invasion case escalated this week, when a fingerprint check revealed that Guillermo Del Pozo, husband of Brisa Felix-Gonzales, is actually deported Mexican national Juan Carresco-Lopez.
Carresco-Lopez, described as “a previously deported felon” in a statement issued by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s office Tuesday, has been charged as an accessory to Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance.
He and Felix-Gonzales moved to Montrose this year from the Phoenix area, where Felix-Gonzales, a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to Arizona law-enforcement officers, was arrested for involvement in a home-invasion case in which the suspects wore black masks and body armor, and threatened victims with AK-47 rifles. (Brisa Felix-Gonzales was not charged in that case.)
The Sinaloa Cartel is considered the world’s most powerful drug-trafficking organization.
“There are no magical walls,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said Monday, protecting Americans from the incursion of drug cartel-related violence into our lives.
And while overall crime in the U.S. “is down tremendously,” he added, “we are seeing an uptick” here in the Southwest.
At the heart of this “uptick,” he said, are the increasingly murderous drug cartel machinations that have left Mexico with an estimated body count of more than 35,000 nationwide, between 2006 and April 2011.
And “as the Mexico problem is moving north,” Masters said, “more of the people” with cartel associations “are trying to get away from it,” finding that “it’s better,” even for cartel members, “to be in the U.S. than in Mexico.”
Cartel-related activities, including “home invasions, robberies, kidnappings, gangs – all that kind of stuff,” are on the upswing in the Southwest, Masters said, and “grossly unreported.
“They’re very tough,” Masters said of Carresco-Lopez and Felix-Gonzales.
“They looked pretty good,” Masters said of immigration papers initially produced by Carresco-Lopez, when officers traced him to a property owned by his wife’s parents on Kinikin Rd., in Norwood, through Montrose elementary school and social services records.
Felix-Gonzales, the sister of Ulises Omar Felix, one of two men charged in executing the brutal 12-hour home invasion, is charged with Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Burglary, Theft, False Imprisonment and the Use of Stun Guns.
Also in custody are former Norwood resident Gregory Broome, who has confessed to carrying out the home invasion with Felix; Ashley Montalvo, of Norwood; and Felix-Gonzales, Carresco-Lopez’s wife. Felix, Montalvo’s husband, is still at large, and the SMSO is offering $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Felix and Broome are charged with Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Robbery, First Degree Burglary, Theft, False Imprisonment and Use of Stun Guns.
The marijuana crop targeted in the crime, which was chopped down at least six weeks before maturation, had no value.