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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.

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.

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