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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.
01/24/2020
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs

Tomas Rivera, a/k/a Profugo, a/k/a Caballo, a/k/a Jonas Portillo Escobar pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit murder and extortion for his role as an MS-13 gang member, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and ICE HSI Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.

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.

12/08/2011
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
"Guillermo Herrera, aka ""Sparky,"" the sixth San Francisco-area member of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) was sentenced Thursday to life in prison following his conviction earlier this year on racketeering-related charges stemming from a multi-agency probe spearheaded by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)."
05/03/2012
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Federal and local authorities announced the indictment Thursday of 19 members of the "500 Block/C Street" gang on racketeering and other federal charges, alleging they engaged in a host of crimes, including murder, robbery and narcotics trafficking as part of a broader conspiracy to preserve the organization's power and protect its territory.
08/01/2012
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
A federal grand jury in San Francisco Tuesday indicted a suspected Bay Area gang member for allegedly attempting to kill three special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) when they went to his residence in May seeking to arrest him on racketeering charges.
05/04/2011
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
3 suspected members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to commit murder in the aid of racketeering for allegedly gunning down a Bay Area man last year near a Daly City, Calif., bus stop.
11/07/2013
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Joseph Ortiz, a Bay Area gang member linked to multiple murders as part of HSI gang racketeering probe who previously pleaded guilty to 25 federal charges, including three counts of racketeering murder, was sentenced Thursday to five life terms, plus 60 years in federal prison.
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.
05/01/2015
San Francisco , CA
Transnational Gangs
“Nothing can erase the pain and sorrow caused by Flores’ vicious, unrepentant, criminal behavior," U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. “I hope that the life sentence imposed against him brings some measure of relief to Flores’ victims and their families, and that they will at least feel a sense of justice. I am extraordinarily proud of the professionalism and bravery demonstrated by the men and women of law enforcement in this case. They are true heroes and we are especially thankful for their service and commitment to the pursuit of justice."
01/04/2011
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
A member of the La Mara Salvatrucha gang, commonly known as MS-13, pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder, the third MS-13 gang member in as many months to plead guilty to serious charges stemming from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.
08/09/2012
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
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It was the final week of April. An indictment was handed down against 19 violent street gang members who were allegedly tied to multiple murders, robberies and drug trafficking in northern California.
03/13/2020
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents arrested six suspected MS-13 gang members at a number of locations in San Francisco, Daly City, Mountain View, Menlo Park, and South San Francisco on March 12.

07/31/2009
San Jose, CA
Transnational Gangs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Eight gang members and gang associates, including several with serious criminal histories, are in custody this morning following the second multi-agency anti-gang enforcement operation spearheaded by U.S.
04/10/2012
San Juan, PR
Transnational Gangs
Jose Hernandez-Santana, who was at-large since April 5, made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday morning following his arrest by ICE's HSI special agents for the illegal possession of firearms.
05/14/2012
San Juan, PR
Transnational Gangs
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The operation was a joint initiative led by Homeland Security Investigations, the Puerto Rico Police Department and the San Juan Police Department.
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.
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.
06/13/2013
San Juan, PR
Transnational Gangs
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, working jointly with Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) officers, arrested Jalmar Diaz-Melendez, a man allegedly associated with a drug trafficking organization operating in the Las Piedras-Juncos area, on Wednesday.
06/28/2011
San Juan, PR
Transnational Gangs
Thirteen men and women were arrested earlier this month during a three-day operation targeting violent gang members throughout the San Juan metropolitan area by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and assisted by local law enforcement agencies.
09/18/2017
San Salvador, El Salvador
Transnational Gangs

Caso Pilato, an 18 month investigation into the MS-13 gang, concluded last week with the arrests of 53 MS-13 members and associates during Operation Tecana, the enforcement phase of the investigation.

07/01/2020
Santa Cruz, CA
Transnational Gangs

On June 18, 2020, MS-13 gang member Alexander Martinez-Flores, a.k.a. “Pocar,” was sentenced in the Northern District of California to 30 years of incarceration for using a firearm to cause murder, conspiracy to commit murder and extortion, and racketeering conspiracy. Martinez, 29, is a citizen of El Salvador.

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.

10/24/2012
Seattle, WA
Transnational Gangs
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"Federal, state and local authorities arrested 33 individuals and seized guns and drugs during a 90-day concentrated enforcement initiative in the South King County area dubbed ""Operation Down in the Valley."""
05/03/2019
Sioux Falls, SD
Enforcement and Removal

Moises De Jesus Ruiz-Mejia, 25, was arrested Wednesday evening outside his residence after ICE was recently alerted the Salvadoran government had issued an international arrest warrant naming him as one of 25 individuals wanted for aggravated homicide or attempted homicide of numerous victims, some of whom have yet to be identified.

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