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06/16/2017
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs

Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers fanned out across three states early Friday morning to arrest 19 alleged members and associates of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang charged in a 12-count federal indictment with conspiracy involving racketeering, murder, robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault, among other charges.

06/14/2017
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
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This joint initiative is comprised of: HSI special agents, ERO deportation officers, the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and state and local law enforcement partners to include Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The DHS TOCI is responsible for identifying, interdicting and investigating a wide variety of transnational border crime with a concentration on MS-13 gang activity.

06/12/2017
Charleston, SC
Transnational Gangs

Brian Manigo and Damien Robinson, of Walterboro, were each sentenced to 10 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel. Kelvin Mitchell, of Ruffkin, was sentenced to 39 months in federal prison. All three defendants were ordered to also pay the costs of medical care for their victims and to serve three years supervised release following their federal prison terms.

05/11/2017
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
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Of the 1,378 total arrested, 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges. The remaining 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations. Of the total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

05/10/2017
San Diego, CA
Transnational Gangs

According to court records, HSI special agents initiated the investigation while targeting a prolific methamphetamine distribution network headed by Oriental Mafia Crips gang member Soulidao Chounlaboudy, aka “Lazy.” The probe also identified Ruben Contreras-Ramirez, aka “Tjuas,” a member of the Clairemont 13 gang, who is accused of distributing firearms and manufacturing assault-style, semi-automatic weapons.

04/28/2017
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs

Hector Flamenco, 41, a citizen and national of El Salvador, entered the United States in August 1996. He has a felony conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams, or more, of cocaine in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York and received a sentence of 121 months imprisonment.

03/30/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Gangs

Among those arrested Wednesday are Giovanny Ochoa, also known as “Sporty” and “Speedy,” 26, of Hawthorne, and Aveline Villalba, also known as “Gordo” and “Fatboy,” 36, of South Los Angeles, who are charged with selling approximately one-quarter pound of methamphetamine in the fall of 2016 to an undercover agent.

03/24/2017
Lubbock, TX
Transnational Gangs
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Dequan Deshawn Willard, 22, pleaded guilty in December 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Brothers, William Emmanuel Spence, 27, Jasmine Jamal Spence, 28, and Antonio Deon Ray Montgomery, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.

03/16/2017
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
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This combined effort led to two Indictments charging 49 members of two Bronx-based drug-distribution organizations with various narcotics, robbery and firearms offenses, including the murder of Jose Morales on Dec. 11, 2016.
03/02/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Gangs

Guillermo Ruiz, known on the street as “Weasel,” 42, of Bell Gardens, was sentenced to 160 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. The case is the result of a large-scale investigation into Bell Gardens street gangs by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

02/14/2017
Santa Cruz, CA
Transnational Gangs

The defendants charged with extortion are: Velarmino Escobar-Ayala, aka Meduza; Tomas Rivera, aka Profugo; Ismael Alvarenga-Rivera, aka Casper; Willfredo Edgardo-Ayala, aka Chino; Jose David Abrego-Galdamez, aka Largo; Melvin Lopez, aka Sharky; and Alexander Martinez-Flores, aka Pocar.

01/05/2017
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs

Eric Antonio Mejia-Ramos, aka “Flaco,” age 22, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was sentenced today to life in prison, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, including participating in a murder. On January 4, 2017, Luis Guzman-Ventura, a/k/a “Casper,” age 23, of Hyattsville was sentenced to 360 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on the same charge. 

11/09/2016
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs

Jaime “Tweety” Balam, 27, a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member from Mexico, was indicted in 2012 on murder and racketeering charges for his role in a shooting at a Daly City BART station. According to court documents, on Feb. 19, 2009, Balam was riding in a stolen car with other MS-13 members “hunting” for rival gang members. 

11/08/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Audry Lane, aka “Spud,” 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. On Monday, Deon Bonner, aka “Spanish Fly,” 26, pleaded guilty to the same offense; Chad Johnson, aka “Ocho Hood Fame,” 24, pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children. In late October, Stanley Johnson, aka “Pee Wee,” 24, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children.

11/01/2016
Charlotte, NC
Transnational Gangs
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Miguel Zelaya, 22, an unlawfully present Honduran national, and Luis Ordonez-Vega, 37, a Guatemalan national, were both sentenced to life in prison Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. A federal jury in Charlotte previously convicted both men in April on conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity (RICO), murder in aid of racketeering, use or carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence resulting in death.

10/17/2016
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs

Michael Acosta, aka “Guantes,” 23, of Oakland, pleaded guilty in June to the charges, which stem from a probe by ICE's HSI and the Oakland Police Department. In pleading guilty, Acosta admitted that in January 2013 he conspired with three others to rob a jewelry store owner at gunpoint.

09/02/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

In addition, between April and August 2016, 80 defendants charged in drug conspiracy cases related to this one have pleaded guilty.

08/25/2016
Eagle Pass, TX
Transnational Gangs

Jesus Lopez, aka “Worst Ever” 36, from Eagle Pass, pleaded guilty to federal RICO charges Aug. 25. According to court records, on Jan. 22, 2011, Lopez told TMM member and co-defendant Anselmo Flores, 28, from Eagle Pass, to stab and murder Eagle Pass resident Angel Cantu.

08/19/2016
Atlanta, GA
Enforcement and Removal
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Melvin Eduardo Ramos, 34, is wanted in his home country for aggravated murder.

08/05/2016
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs

In recent court proceedings, defendants Milton Contreras and Jose Osmin Rubio pleaded guilty to murder of the 19-year-old victim, fellow gang member Sidney Valverde.  In the past month, two additional defendants, Byron Lopez and Oscar Welman Espinoza-Merino, had also pled guilty and admitted their participation in the murder.

07/26/2016
Chicago, IL
Transnational Gangs

The indictments allege that members of the Latin Kings violently enforced discipline within its ranks and retaliated against rivals and former members to prevent cooperation with law enforcement.  Its members and associates engaged in various acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assault with dangerous weapons, arson, and extortion, according to the indictments.  The charges include the attempted murders of rival gang members and a Melrose Park (Illinois) police officer.

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