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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.

07/19/2016
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs

According to his plea agreement and court documents, from 2012 through at least 2014, Navarette-Mejia, known as Violento, was a member of the Normandie clique of MS-13. Navarette-Mejia and MS-13 members committed crimes to further the interests of the gang, including murder, assault, robbery, extortion by threat of violence, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and witness retaliation.

07/12/2016
Boston, MA
Transnational Gangs

Carlos Geovanni Martinez-Aguilar, 38, originally of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to three years in prison and two years of supervised release.  In April 2016, Martinez-Aguilar pleaded guilty to unlawful re-entry of a deported alien.

06/23/2016
Newark, NJ
Transnational Gangs

Andrew Clarke, 43 of Irvington, New Jersey, and Llewellyn Clarke, 42 of North Plainfield, New Jersey, were sentenced to 300 and 195 months in prison, respectively.

06/14/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Gangs
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The lead defendant in the 35-count indictment is Jose Loza, who recently became a full-fledged member of the Mexican Mafia and is the “shotcaller” of the Canta Ranas gang. In addition to implementing D.G.’s orders, Loza allegedly executed another member of the Mexican Mafia who wanted to expand his influence and challenge D.G.’s authority over street gangs in the San Gabriel Valley. 

06/09/2016
Boston, MA
Transnational Gangs
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According to court documents, the 18th Street Gang is a multi-national gang that operates throughout the United States and Central America, and whose members in the Boston area have had significant access to firearms in Boston and Chelsea.

06/02/2016
Newark, NJ
Transnational Gangs

According to evidence presented at trial, MS-13 is a national and transnational gang with branches or “cliques” operating throughout the United States, including in Plainfield.  All of the defendants were members of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) Clique of MS-13. 

06/01/2016
Newark, NJ
Transnational Gangs

The federal Animal Welfare Act makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to fight dogs or to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive or transport dogs intended for use in dog fighting. 

05/20/2016
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs
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A federal jury today convicted three members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, on racketeering and murder charges. Jorge Enrique Moreno-Aguilar, Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana, and Minor Perez-Chach face a maximum sentence of life in prison for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise and a mandatory sentence of life in prison for murder in aid of racketeering.

05/06/2016
San Diego, CA
Transnational Gangs

The two indictments unsealed this week describe four conspiracies involving overlapping players with ties to more than 10 street gangs, including the Skyline, the Samoan Bloods, the Kalaban, the Stateside Islanders, the Paradise Hills Locos, Logan Heights, Old Town National City, National City Southside Mob, Trust No Soul, and Lincoln Park gang.

04/28/2016
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
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In a coordinated operation, 78 defendants were arrested in New York Wednesday. Defendants Andre Bent, Robert Pope, James Pilgrim, Jamal Blair, Stephan Clarke, Laquan Parrish, Jafar Borden, Anderson Ross, Barffour Abeberse, Robert Haughton, Shaquille Dewar, Martin Mitchell, Donque Tyrell, Devante Joseph, Daquan Anderson, Jaquan Mcintosh, and Sean Mcintosh were in custody on state charges and were transferred to federal custody today.
04/20/2016
El Paso, TX
Transnational Gangs
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In addition to the 200-month sentence, Danny Ortiz, 32, was also ordered to serve six years on supervised release after he completes his prison term.
04/15/2016
Tulsa, OK
Transnational Gangs
Anthony Ramon Hall, aka Tony, 40, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was sentenced April 15 by U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan of the Northern District of Oklahoma, who also ordered Hall to serve five years of supervised release.
04/06/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Gangs
Aaron “Droopy” Ramos, 31, a resident of the Florence-Graham district of Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday afternoon to 168 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder.
03/29/2016
Tulsa, OK
Transnational Gangs
Ronnie Dean Haskins II, aka Dirty Red, 43, of Oklahoma, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan of the Northern District of Oklahoma, who also ordered Haskins to serve five years of supervised release.
03/28/2016
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
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Most of the individuals arrested during Project Shadowfire were U.S. citizens, but 239 foreign nationals from 13 countries in Central America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean were also arrested. Of the 1,133 arrests, 915 were gang members and associates, 1,001 were charged with criminal offenses and 132 were arrested administratively for immigration violations.
03/04/2016
El Paso, TX
Transnational Gangs
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Roberto Meza, 40, was the 17th and final defendant to be sentenced to federal prison as a result of this multi-agency investigation.
01/15/2016
Tulsa, OK
Transnational Gangs
Robert Allen Paul Bryan, 41, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to the charges June 4, 2015 before U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan.
01/07/2016
San Juan, PR
Transnational Gangs
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With drug trafficking and gang-related homicides on the increase on the island of Puerto Rico, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Juan Public Safety Group (PSG) took action.
12/22/2015
Newark, NJ
Transnational Gangs
Juan Pablo Escalante-Melgar, aka Humilde, 26, and Elmer Cruz-Diaz, aka Locote, 27, both of Union City, New Jersey, are charged with one count each of conspiring to kill an individual to prevent them from communicating with a law enforcement officer.
11/20/2015
Dallas, TX
Transnational Gangs
Following are the defendants who are charged in this superseding indictment: Ramon Aguilar; Christopher Alexander; William Lee Benham; Eric Scott Benson; Ronnie Mikel Brown; Jonas Carrera; Hugo Ivan Castaneda; John Anthony Chavez Jr.; Justo Salvador Chavez Jr.; Micah Torrence Dees; Abraham Dimas Jr.; Tina Wynette Easley; Crissy Lynn Evans; Taylor Maxlynn Fletcher; Joe Lee Foard, Jr.; Michael William Getsinger; Alejandro Gonzalez; Quincy John Goodson; Michael Thor Guinn; Tommy Dare Hancock; David Lesley Holt; David Wayne Holt; Brennan Nicole House; Desirae Ann Houser; Beau James Jarnagin; Jeff Jeremy Johnston; Kory Wade Kloecker; Jimmy David Lance; Samantha Ladell Largent; Blake Allen Long-Rockey; Ricardo Garcia Medina; Benjamin Matthew Melton; Craig Don Mueller; Brian Casey Mullins; Stacy Wayne Myers; James Marshall Nation; Wendy Renee Neal; Mackenzie Nelson; Raymond Anthony Nichols; Shanna Lynn Palmer; Christian Perez; Francisco Manuel Radamez-Nava; Jorge Ramirez; Bruce Chance Rash; John James Rumfield; Jackie Lemonds Segura; Brandon Kyle Smith; Alicia Gale Tambourine; Jamie Lynn Tucker; Troy Anthony Wallace; Roger Wayne Whitworth Jr.; and John Fitzgerald Yates (deceased).
10/28/2015
Totowa, NJ
Transnational Gangs
About 90 stolen cars worth more than $4 million were recovered during "Operation 17 Corridor," a 16-month HSI investigation led by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police, along with the Port Authority of New York, the New Jersey Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and 11 other agencies.

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