Mexican cartel member held on $1M bond after allegedly trying to hire someone to kill men

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A Mexican cartel member has been charged with two counts solicitation of capital murder, Harris County charging documents say.

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Christobal Picaz-Ochoa was booked into the Harris County Jail Monday afternoon.

Picaz-Ochoa thought two men, Rogoberto Penaloza-Pineda and Jose Manzanarez-Penaloza, had stolen $560,000 and drugs from his house, court records say. So, the 31-year-old allegedly paid someone to have the men kidnapped, tortured, and killed.

He is being held on a $1 million bond because of the large amount of money stolen from Picaz-Ochoa's house and his involvement with the Mexican cartel, which he admitted to.

No court date has been set.

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