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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.
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.
07/18/2013
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Joseph Ortiz, a Bay Area gang member, has pleaded guilty to 25 federal charges, including three counts of racketeering murder, stemming from a long-term probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and several local law enforcement agencies.
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.
09/30/2013
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Michael Ortiz, the father of a Bay Area gang member, was sentenced Friday to 70 months in prison for obstruction of justice and being an accessory-after-the-fact to three racketeering murders committed by his son, Joseph Ortiz.
11/14/2012
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
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Top-level officials from South San Francisco and Daly City met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents Wednesday morning to formally recognize them for their efforts to combat gang-related crime and violence in those communities.
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. 

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.
02/16/2012
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
"Danilo Velasquez, aka ""Triste,"" A Bay Area leader of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced to life in federal prison Wednesday on racketeering-related charges arising from Operation Devil Horns, a long-term probe led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Velasquez is the seventh Bay Area MS-13 member to receive a life sentence."
08/30/2011
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
After a five-month trial, a federal jury Tuesday convicted six members of La Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13, of racketeering (RICO) conspiracy and related charges stemming from a long-term investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
01/10/2011
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
A former leader of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, pleaded guilty in federal court here Monday to racketeering (RICO) conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, and the use or possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, charges stemming from Operation Devil Horns.
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.
12/02/2011
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
Five San Francisco-area members of the La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang were sentenced Thursday to life in prison on charges stemming from a racketeering probe spearheaded by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The five defendants were convicted by a jury Aug. 30, after a five-month trial.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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