U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Texas
(713) 567-9000
January 20, 2016

Houston Sex Trafficking Ring Leader Gets Life in Federal Prison

Hortencia Medeles-Arguello, aka Raquel Medeles Garcia, Raquel Medeles Garcia, or Tencha, 68, has been sentenced to life in prison after her conviction on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, conspiracy to harbor aliens, aiding and abetting to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Another defendant, Alfonso Diaz-Juarez, aka Ponco or El Grenas, 45, and a Mexican national, is a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI at 713-693-5000. A Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboard campaign launched in December across the greater Houston area touted an up to $50,000 reward for information leading to the location and arrest of Diaz-Juarez.

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