Men jailed for lying to federal agents about 'El Junior'

Brownsville Federal Courthouse

Two men who were with Gulf Cartel heir 'El Junior' at the time of his arrest have waived court hearings over charges that lied to federal agents about his identity.

Both Francisco Javier Escalante-Jimenez and German Alejandro Huizar-Marroquin were both scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan on Wednesday afternoon.

Court records show that both men waived joint hearings regarding bond and evidence in the case.

According to a criminal complaint, both of them were in a vehicle with Gulf Cartel leader Rafael Cardenas-Vela last Thursday.

A Port Isabel police officer pulled their vehicle for a traffic violation and turned Cardenas-Vela over to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

ICE agents determined that Cardenas-Vela was using an authentic Mexican passport and United States visa under the name Pedro Garcia-Gonzalez.

Court records show that both Escalante-Jimenez and Huizar-Marroquin are accused of lying to ICE agents about Cardenas-Vela's true identity.

The two men remain in custody without bond.

Cardenas-Vela, who goes by the nickname 'El Junior,' is the nephew of jailed Gulf Cartel leader Osiel Cardenas-Guillen and slain cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen.

The drug cartel heir admitted to participating in a drug trafficking organization that moved large quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States from Mexico.