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05/16/2019
Chicago, IL
Transnational Gangs

Luis Contreras, 39, from Chicago, was indicted on the following charges: one count of murder in aid of racketeering; one count of attempted murder in aid of racketeering; two counts of illegally possessing multiple firearms and ammunition.

06/16/2011
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
An MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty on Thursday to the execution-style murders of a 19-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son, and nine other gang member pleaded guilty to racketeering offenses.
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."""
12/07/2012
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
Dennis L. Gil-Bernardez, an MS-13 member who also is known as Pando, pled guilty today to taking part in a federal racketeering conspiracy that was responsible for numerous crimes, including two murders, in the Washington, D.C., region.
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.

01/17/2013
Boston, MA
Transnational Gangs
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Over 300 federal, state and local law enforcement officers carried out arrests and executed search warrants early this morning in Operation Concord, a large-scale collaborative investigation into the violence and distribution of drugs by the Hendry Street and Woodward Avenue gangs and their associates who terrorized residents.
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. 

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.
03/12/2014
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs
Gang members allegedly committed murders, attempted murders, stabbings, extortion and witness tampering
08/07/2008
Miami, FL
Transnational Gangs
The multi-agency operation, which began June 18, 2008 and ended July 25, targeted criminal street gang members and associates in the South Florida area. Of those arrested, Task Force Members identified members or associates of the following gangs: MS-13, SUR-13, Uptown, Victory Park, Top Six, Bloods, 18th Street, 21 Jump, INP, FAME, Washington Park, 170 Boys, 90's Babies, Hollywood Squares, Leisure City and One Way.
05/15/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Gangs

Detective John Saro Balian, 45, of Seal Beach, Calif., was taken into custody without incident at his residence. Balian, who is charged in a criminal complaint with making false statements to investigators during an interview last year, is expected to make his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

09/21/2011
Corpus Christi, TX
Transnational Gangs
A 'Raza Unida' gang leader was sentenced on Wednesday to 27 years in federal prison for drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder in furtherance of a racketeering enterprise, announced U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas.
08/28/2019
Oklahoma City, OK
Transnational Gangs

Christopher Chad Pool, aka “Cityboy,” 40, will serve 20 years in prison for drug and gun crimes, while Owen Henry Long Jr., aka “Ardmore,” 38, will serve more than 28 years in prison for a drug offense.

05/25/2011
Tampa, FL
Transnational Gangs
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Earlier this month, a 50-person team of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and local law enforcement officials embarked on a gang enforcement operation in the wee hours of the morning.
04/27/2011
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
Melvin Sorto, 24, also known as Killer, was sentenced today to a prison term of life plus 45 years for his role in a series of crimes, including the murder of one victim and the blinding of another, committed by the MS-13 gang in the Washington, D.C. area in 2006 and 2007 following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
03/07/2012
Chicago, IL
Transnational Gangs
Moses Anthony Francisco, a member of the violent Crips street gang who had been previously deported four times to Belize, was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
04/08/2015
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
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Project Wildfire was a surge operation led by the HSI National Gang Unit and ran Feb. 23 to March 31. HSI special agents worked with 215 state, local and federal law enforcement partners, including ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), to apprehend individuals from various gangs.
03/14/2013
Hammond, IN
Transnational Gangs
Dante Reyes, the last of 23 defendants in custody who were charged in a Latin Kings racketeering conspiracy, pleaded guilty Thursday.
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.

05/11/2017
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
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Of the 1,378 total arrested, 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges. The remaining 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations. Of the total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

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.
06/22/2009
Greeley, CO
Transnational Gangs
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GREELEY, Colo. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and Greeley Police Department officers arrested or identified nine gang members during a Saturday operation targeting illegal aliens with ties to violent street gangs throughout Weld County.
08/09/2018
Nashville, TN
Transnational Gangs

Oscar Degaldo Flores, a.k.a. Flaco, 24, of El Salvador, and Luis Colindres, a.k.a. Listo and Joe, 21, of Honduras, were also charged with conspiracy; witness tampering; using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and causing death through the use of a firearm.

09/06/2011
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
The leaders of two New York State chapters of the international MS-13 street gang were sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus ten years, for murder in aid of racketeering and other charges. The sentences are a result of a joint investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
12/18/2019
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs

HSI Washington, D.C. marked a ten-fold increase in narcotics seizures from nearly 400 lbs. in FY 2018 to over 4,000 lbs. in FY 2019, and a two-fold increase in firearms seizures, taking nearly 100 arms off the streets of Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

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