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02/07/2020
El Paso, TX
Transnational Gangs
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Jose Manuel Castro Orellana, 30, a citizen of El Salvador, was removed aboard an ICE Air Operations Charter flight without incident. Once in El Salvador, ICE ERO officers transferred custody of Castro Orellana to the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) of El Salvador who will pursue criminal charges against him.

08/15/2017
Columbus, OH
Enforcement and Removal
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A federal grand jury charged 10 individuals with conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in an indictment returned July 27. Five other individuals were arrested and charged in criminal complaints with federal immigration-related crimes. Two of the 15 remain fugitives.

09/30/2009
Salt Lake City, UT
Transnational Gangs
Nearly half of those arrested during the statewide operation face prosecution on charges ranging from felony immigration violations to murder. The remainder will be processed for deportation.
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.
07/19/2010
Fairfax, VA
Transnational Gangs
ICE-HSI, working closely with the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office and the Fairfax County Police Department, continues to target foreign-born gang members and gang associates in Northern Virginia.
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.
08/01/2012
Milwaukee, WI
Transnational Gangs
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) - in close partnership with the Wisconsin police departments of Milwaukee, Greendale and Greenfield - arrested 14 men during an enforcement operation Monday. This is the latest local effort in an ongoing national HSI initiative to target foreign-born gang members.
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.
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.
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.
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.

11/01/2016
Charlotte, NC
Transnational Gangs
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Miguel Zelaya, 22, an unlawfully present Honduran national, and Luis Ordonez-Vega, 37, a Guatemalan national, were both sentenced to life in prison Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. A federal jury in Charlotte previously convicted both men in April on conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity (RICO), murder in aid of racketeering, use or carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence resulting in death.

12/28/2008
Brownsville, TX
Transnational Gangs
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Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, 19, a citizen of Mexico, was turned over to Mexican officials on the Brownsville International Bridge at approximately 1:00 p.m. Monday. Garcia-Hernandez, a member of the "Houstone" street gang in Houston, Texas, was arrested December 11 after ICE received word that Mexican authorities were seeking him.

11/16/2017
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs

53 arrested in El Salvador, 214 arrested across the US

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.
12/16/2011
Baltimore, MD
Transnational Gangs
Ever Enrique Medina, a/k/a "Ever Enrique Andrade" and "Scorpion," 25, an El Salvadoran native living in Columbia, Md., was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar.
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.

01/30/2013
Upper Marlboro, MD
Transnational Gangs
Two members of the Mara Salvatrucha aka MS-13 gang, Jose Rodas-Alvarado and Roni Arriola-Palma, were arrested Monday on charges of first- and second-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault, theft, and reckless endangerment following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), PG County...
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.
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).
04/30/2012
Fresno, CA
Transnational Gangs
Hector Gonzalez, a Fresno man with ties to a local street gang, has pleaded guilty to charges of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. The charge stems from an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Fresno Police Department.
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.

06/12/2008
Boston, MA
Transnational Gangs
This two-day operation yielded the arrests of 16 U.S. permanent residents whose criminal convictions may render them eligible for deportation, 5 who were illegally residing in the U.S. and 1 who is currently wanted on a warrant of deportation.
03/29/2018
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
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A total of 475 individuals were arrested during this ongoing enforcement effort, most of which were confirmed as gang members and affiliates. The most prominent gangs with arrests during this operation were MS-13 with 274 arrests and the 18th street gang with 15 arrests.  This operation yielded 227 total criminal arrests and 248 administrative arrests.

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