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02/22/2015
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Jamie Balam, aka Tweety, was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2012 on allegations he conspired to conduct the affairs of MS-13 through a pattern of racketeering activity that included murder, attempted murder, and other acts of violence.
02/12/2015
Atlanta
Transnational Gangs
Three members of the street gang known as Mara Salvatrucha 13, or MS-13, were sentenced Friday for violent crimes they committed in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including the murder of one man and the shootings of two others, one of whom was a 14-year-old boy.
02/10/2015
Chicago, IL
Transnational Gangs
Thirty-one defendants were charged with conspiring to launder narcotics proceeds for the Sinaloa Cartel in a 311-page criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court and unsealed Tuesday. The federal defendants arrested Feb. 10 in the Chicago area appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin in U.S. District Court; eight remain in federal custody pending detention hearings scheduled for later this week.
12/17/2014
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
Michael Richard Lamphere, 56, Glen Ray Millican Jr., 41, both of Houston; and Rebecca Johnson Cropp, 46, of Dallas, were sentenced Thursday to serve respective terms of 240, 120 and 36 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. Earlier this week, William David Maynard, 44, Sammy Keith Shipman, 32, Chad Ray Folmsbee, 32, David Orlando Roberts, 36, Justin Christopher Northrup, 29, all of Houston; Tammy Melissa Wall, 45, of Otto, N.C.; and Benjamin Troy Johnson, 43, of Corpus Christi, were each sentenced to serve respective terms of 262, 188, 140, 135, 130, 72 and 36 months in federal prison.
12/08/2014
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
James Francis Sampsell, 44, of Odessa, Rusty Eugene Duke, 32, of Dallas, and Steven Worthey, 42, of San Antonio, were sentenced Dec. 9 to serve respective terms of 140, 216 and 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake.
12/04/2014
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
The jury convicted Felix Lopez-Cabrera, 24, Carlos Lopez, 26, and Luis Beltran 26 of charges arising out of their involvement from 2003 through 2012 in the criminal activities of the Bronx Trinitarios Gang (BTG). The BTG is a violent street gang that was involved in drug-trafficking and multiple acts of violence, including attempted murder, in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Yonkers.
11/19/2014
Tulsa, OK
Transnational Gangs
Following are the 11 defendants charged in the indictment: Anthony Ramon Hall, 39; Ronnie Dean Haskins, 41; Aaron Clay King, 31; Matthew Brian Wagner, 32; Richard Allen Roberts, 30; Robert Allen Paul Bryan, 40; Rodney Lee Broomhall, 37; William Benton Williams, 41; Kristin Michelle Bright, 31; Carl Matthew Smith, 36; and Timothy Duane Buck, 23.
11/13/2014
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Miguel Ortiz, 27, of San Francisco; Antonio Castillo, 26, of San Bruno; and Marvin Cortez, 24, of San Francisco were arrested Wednesday on charges detailed in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury earlier this month, which was unsealed Thursday.
11/13/2014
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
On Friday, James Erik Sharron, 40, of Houston, and Steven Tobin Mullen, 45, of Dallas, were sentenced to respective terms of 72 and 156 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. On Nov. 13, Larry Max Bryan, 52, of Houston, and Terry Ross Blake, 56, of Corpus Christi, both high-ranking leaders of the ABT, were sentenced to 300 and 180 months in federal prison, respectively. Jamie Grant Loveall, 38, and Kelly Ray Elley, 37, both of Houston; and Ronald Lee Prince, 44, of Dallas, were also sentenced to respective terms of 390, 270 and 120 months in federal prison.
11/13/2014
Dallas, TX
Transnational Gangs
This investigation is being led by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division (DPS-CID) Gang Unit with assistance from the following agencies: Dallas Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, the Garland Police Department’s Neighborhood Police Officer Unit, the Mesquite and Rockwall police departments, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
11/12/2014
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
A federal judge sentenced Rudy Mendoza, 29, following his conviction in a nine day trial in November 2013 for racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, robbery conspiracy, and firearms charges.
10/21/2014
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
The defendants, Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, a/k/a “Crazy” or “Loco,” 31; Carlos Mejia- Quintanilla, a/k/a “Sleepy” or “Dormido,” 25; and Luis Amilar-Zanas, a/k/a “Trucha,” 35, previously pleaded guilty to killing Alexander Temaj-Castanon. The defendants, who mistook Temaj-Castanon for a rival gang member, fatally shot the victim at a bus stop in Daly City on June 21, 2010.
10/21/2014
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
Following a three-week trial in April 2013, a jury convicted Xing Lin, 42, aka "Ding Pa," of engaging in racketeering from 1996 through 2009, murdering two individuals in a Queens nightclub in 2004, operating multiple illegal gambling parlors, and extorting bus company owners.
10/07/2014
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
According to information presented in court, the six men were admitted members of ABT, a powerful race-based, statewide organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States.
09/30/2014
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
The three defendants – including Victor Flores, 23, of Petaluma; Benjamin Campos-Gonzalez, 24, of San Mateo; and Armando Acosta, 29, of South San Francisco – were convicted of racketeering conspiracy.
09/16/2014
El Paso, TX
Transnational Gangs
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On Sept. 17, state and federal authorities arrested eight El Paso residents for their roles in the RICO conspiracy. Those arrested include: Raul Lopez, aka Garfield, 34; Manuel Minjares, aka Manny, 54; Eugene Lozano, aka Gino, Polvos, 43; Gabriel Aldana, aka Mookie, 43; Rito Alvarez, aka Ewok, 35; Jose Minjares, aka Paz, 55; Ramon Sanchez, aka Magic, 48; and Jose Angel Barrios, aka Chamuco, 43.
09/01/2014
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
If convicted, Byron Lopez, aka Viruz, 23, will face mandatory life imprisonment. Lopez was arrested Thursday and presented for arraignment at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn.
08/12/2014
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
The remaining two defendants of 36 accused in the Southern District of Texas of racketeering activities as part of their roles with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) have pleaded guilty, capping a six-year sweeping effort that led to 73 convictions across five federal districts and the decimation of the gang's leadership and violent members and associates.
06/16/2014
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs
The following Hyattsville residents were named in the indictment: Hector Daniel Villanueva-Cortez, aka Muertito, 24; Roni Arriola-Palma, aka Maniako, 24; Luiz Guzman-Ventura, aka Casper or Chele, 20; and Jose Rodriguez-Nunez, aka El Killer, 25.
05/04/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Transnational Gangs
Sylvester Joseph, 26, of Deerfield, Florida, identified as a leader, was sentenced by U.S. District Senior Judge William Caldwell for his role in a car break-in and bank fraud crew that stole more than a million dollars in the five years it was in operation. Testimony presented at previous sentencing proceedings showed that the crew stole millions of dollars from banks using stolen checks and identification. Although they were only caught in 2012, the crew was implicated in committing this scheme for more than five years and victimizing more than 250 people in the course of the fraud scheme, dubbed the "Felony Lane Gang."
04/30/2014
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
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The Surenos, also known as Sur 13, is a transnational criminal street gang that originated in Southern California with hundreds of cliques around the United States. The Surenos and their affiliates pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia and the number '13' is their symbol signifying 'M' in the alphabet for Mexican Mafia.
04/28/2014
San Juan, PR
Transnational Gangs
The indictment, handed down April 22 by a federal grand jury and unsealed Tuesday, charges 41 alleged members of a drug trafficking organization with conspiracy to knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), cocaine and marijuana, all for significant financial gain and profit.
03/14/2014
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Thirteen of the defendants were taken into custody during a joint law enforcement operation Wednesday in San Francisco and Daly City.
03/12/2014
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs
Gang members allegedly committed murders, attempted murders, stabbings, extortion and witness tampering
03/11/2014
Mexico City, Mexico
Transnational Gangs
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The training, taught by instructors from the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is designed to enhance the ability for law enforcement personnel to respond to and identify potential threats emanating from gang members and their associates who operate throughout the region.

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