San Manuel members in court on murder charges

Two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges in a murder-for-hire scheme.

Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez, 24, and Erik Barajas, 34, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Barajas-Nunez also faces charges of transportation and possession of methamphetamine.

Authorities say Barajas-Nunez and Barajas are connected to Mexican gangs who have infiltrated the reservation. The two tribal members were charged along with a man whom the Drug Enforcement Administration says is a Mexican Mafia drug kingpin.

Rachael Barajas, the mother of the two tribal members, denied the accusations against her daughter. "Yeah, she has a lot of friends who are alleged gang members," Barajas said, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. "So what?"

Last December, authorities busted a major methamphetamine drug run by the Mexican Mafia. Dozens of people were arrested and four homes on the reservation were raided as part of the undercover sting.

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Mother defends San Manuel tribal member charged in scheme (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 9/27)

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