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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."
05/20/2015
Charlotte, NC
Transnational Gangs
Twenty-two of the 37 MS-13 members indicted Wednesday also face other felony charges to include murder, attempted murder, assault and firearms violations. HSI and its law enforcement partners arrested 16 of the indicted gang members early Wednesday morning during a coordinated operation. Five indicted suspects remain at large; another 16 suspects were already in custody on various state charges.
06/02/2015
Mexico City, Mexico
Transnational Gangs
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This year’s participants include federal and state prosecutors, investigators, prison officials and military personnel from throughout Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The training, led by instructors from the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is designed to enhance the ability of law enforcement personnel to respond to and identify potential threats posed by gang members and their associates who operate throughout the region.
06/23/2015
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
Noe Machado-Erazo, aka “Gallo,” 32, of Wheaton, Maryland, was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. Jose Martinez-Amaya, 28, aka “Crimen,” of Brentwood, Maryland, was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. Yester Ayala, 24, aka “Freeway” or “Daddy Yankee,” of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
07/02/2015
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
Aldo Teyes-Sanchez, 32, from El Salvador, and Antonio Rivas-Vargas, 31, from Mexico, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine Aug. 30, 2013, and Sept. 5, 2014, respectively.
09/04/2015
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs
Alexsi Lopez, 27, was convicted by a federal jury April 9, 2015. Lopez was associated with the MS-13 gang and knew his co-defendant, Ramon Miguel Cerros-Cruz through MS-13. Evidence showed that Lopez and Cerros-Cruz familiarized themselves with the location and operation of brothels in the Hyattsville-Langley Park area of Prince George’s County, then planned the robbery of a Hyattsville brothel apartment.
10/15/2015
San Antonio, TX
Transnational Gangs
According to court documents, the defendants operated a criminal enterprise in Central Texas since 2005. Under the leadership of Texas-Central Region “Inca” Pete Perez in Austin, San Antonio Chapter “Inca” Joe Pierce and Uvalde Chapter “Incas” James Long and Jacob Mariscal, they conspired to carry out unlawful acts including attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, robbery, various firearms offenses and drug distribution involving marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
03/29/2016
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.
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.
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.
04/20/2016
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.
04/28/2016
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.
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.

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.

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. 

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