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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 8, 2015

FBI Arrests Two Men in Murder-for-Hire Plot

ATLANTA - Jorge Maturano and Cesar Santos have been arraigned on federal charges of murder-for-hire.  They were arrested May 6, 2015, on a criminal complaint.  Both defendants were allegedly hired to kill a member of a rival drug trafficking organization.

“These arrests demonstrate how law enforcement, working together with concerned citizens, can not only hold criminals accountable for their actions but prevent violence from occurring in our community,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. 

“Our agents responded quickly to end this alleged murder plot. This case reflects the ever present potential for violence that drug trafficking organizations bring to our community and the FBI will continue to play a role in addressing them,” stated J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Horn, the complaint, and other information presented in court: Maturano and Santos were allegedly hired out of Chicago, Illinois, by a drug trafficking organization to travel to the metro Atlanta area and kill a member of a rival drug trafficking organization who was living in Clayton County, Georgia.

Jorge Maturano, 46, and Cesar Santos, 29, both of Mexico, were arrested on May 6, 2015, and both made initial appearances before United States Magistrate Judge Justin S. Anand on May 7, 2015. 

Members of the public are reminded that the criminal complaint in this matter only contains charges.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In that this remains an ongoing investigation, anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the FBI Atlanta Field Office at (404) 679-9000

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Updated February 4, 2016