ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2022 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:45:06 -0400 Fri, 09/09/2022 - 09:14 Aryan Circle gang leader sentenced to life in prison for RICO violations following HSI Houston-assisted investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/aryan-circle-gang-leader-sentenced-life-prison-rico-violations-following-hsi-houston Jesse Paul “JP” Blankenship, a 39-year-old resident of Stratford, Missouri, received the sentence in the Eastern District of Texas after being convicted on Nov. 16, 2021, of racketeering conspiracy, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/aryan-circle-gang-leader-sentenced-life-prison-rico-violations-following-hsi-houston Fri, 09/09/2022 - 09:14 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs 10 MS-13 gang members indicted on murder, racketeering charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/10-ms-13-gang-members-indicted-murder-racketeering-charges The 10 individuals indicted included Franklin Trejo-Chavarria, 25; Julio Vigil-Lopez, 25; Walter Antonio Chicas-Garcia, 25; Luis Ernesto Carbajal-Peraza, 30; Carlos Alexi Garcia-Gongora, 24; Wilson Jose Ventura-Mejia, 26; Angel Miguel Aguilar-Ochoa, 37; Marlon Miranda-Moran, 23; Wilman Rivas-Guido, 26; and Carlos Elias Henriquez-Torres, 22. All ten defendants are citizens of El Salvador. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/10-ms-13-gang-members-indicted-murder-racketeering-charges Fri, 08/26/2022 - 10:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs HSI Houston, state and local law enforcement arrest 5 more individuals tied to alleged catalytic converter theft ring https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-houston-state-and-local-law-enforcement-arrest-5-more-individuals-tied-alleged The individuals arrested pursuant to state arrest warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity include Timothy Ngo, 51, Henry Pham, 55, Quoc Bao Le, 39, Tran Le, 45, and Tram Le, 47. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-houston-state-and-local-law-enforcement-arrest-5-more-individuals-tied-alleged Thu, 08/25/2022 - 08:34 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Honduran responsible for multiple violent home invasions sentenced 29 years following HSI Houston-assisted investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/honduran-responsible-multiple-violent-home-invasions-sentenced-29-years-following-hsi Denis Matute pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence on Nov. 2, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/honduran-responsible-multiple-violent-home-invasions-sentenced-29-years-following-hsi Wed, 08/17/2022 - 17:16 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ERO Washington, D.C. apprehends MS-13 member wanted for murder in El Salvador https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-washington-dc-apprehends-ms-13-member-wanted-murder-el-salvador Jorge Alberto Quintanilla Marquez, 42, was arrested outside his residence in West Springfield, Virginia, July 22. The arrest was the result of many months of work by ICE ERO with the assistance of the FBI. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-washington-dc-apprehends-ms-13-member-wanted-murder-el-salvador Fri, 08/12/2022 - 10:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ERO Baltimore, FBI apprehend high-ranking MS-13 leader https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-baltimore-fbi-apprehend-high-ranking-ms-13-leader Jose Mojica Aldana, a native and citizen of El Salvador, was arrested near his residence. Mojica Aldana entered the United States without being inspected, admitted, or paroled by an immigration officer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-baltimore-fbi-apprehend-high-ranking-ms-13-leader Fri, 07/29/2022 - 16:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs 6 individuals arrested for alleged role in large-scale catalytic converter theft ring with suspected ties to murder of Harris County sheriff’s deputy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/6-individuals-arrested-alleged-role-large-scale-catalytic-converter-theft-ring The individuals arrested pursuant to state arrest warrants for their alleged roles in the theft ring were Jose Martinez, 19; Armando Martinez, 18; Isaac Castillo, 21; Terance Elder, 20; and Armando Martinez Sr., 39; all residents of Houston, and Jose Sanchez, a 21-year-old resident of Dayton, Texas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/6-individuals-arrested-alleged-role-large-scale-catalytic-converter-theft-ring Thu, 07/28/2022 - 17:21 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs MS-13 member sentenced for racketeering conspiracy involving murder following multi-agency probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ms-13-member-sentenced-racketeering-conspiracy-involving-murder-following-multi According to court documents and evidence presented at the trial of three co-defendants, Juan Garcia-Gomez, aka Scooby, 26, of El Salvador, conspired to participate in the affairs of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent criminal gang also known as MS-13, founded in Los Angeles and active in numerous states across the United States, as well as in El Salvador, Central America, and Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ms-13-member-sentenced-racketeering-conspiracy-involving-murder-following-multi Wed, 07/27/2022 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Leader of robbery “rip crew” sentenced to 26 years in prison following investigation by HSI Houston, HPD https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/leader-robbery-rip-crew-sentenced-26-years-prison-following-investigation-hsi-houston Jose Salomon Madrid-Paz, a 59-year-old unlawfully present Honduran national, was sentenced in the Southern District of Texas to 26 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $30,400 in restitution for interference of commerce by robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 10. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/leader-robbery-rip-crew-sentenced-26-years-prison-following-investigation-hsi-houston Wed, 07/13/2022 - 13:13 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs HSI Baltimore-led investigation lands Annapolis MS-13 gang member life sentence for racketeering conspiracy involving 3 murders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-lands-annapolis-ms-13-gang-member-life-sentence After a nine-day trial, in October 2019, a federal jury convicted Sandoval-Rodriguez of murder in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, in connection with a murder that occurred in March 2016. Then on January 24, after a three-month trial, a federal jury convicted Sandoval-Rodriguez of racketeering charges, along with co-defendants Jose Joya Parada, a/k/a “Calmado,” age 21; Oscar Armando Sorto Romero, a/k/a “Lobo,” age 23; and Milton Portillo Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” a/k/a “Seco,” age 26. Sandoval-Rodriguez and Portillo-Rodriguez were also convicted of multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-lands-annapolis-ms-13-gang-member-life-sentence Fri, 05/27/2022 - 12:12 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs HSI Baltimore-led investigation results in life sentence for notorious MS-13 gang member for racketeering conspiracy involving multiple violent murders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-results-life-sentence-notorious-ms-13-gang-member On May 13, Milton Portillo Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” a/k/a “Seco,” age 26, was sentenced to serve life in federal prison for a racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, as well as related violent crimes in aid of racketeering, including three murders, connected to his participation in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-results-life-sentence-notorious-ms-13-gang-member Tue, 05/17/2022 - 08:40 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs HSI Baltimore-led investigation lands MS-13 gang member in federal prison for life for racketeering conspiracy involving multiple murders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-lands-ms-13-gang-member-federal-prison-life On January 24, 2022, a federal jury convicted Sorto Romero of the racketeering charges, along with co-defendants Jose Joya Parada, a/k/a “Calmado,” age 21, Milton Portillo-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” age 26; and Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Picaro,” age 24, after a three-month trial. Portillo-Rodriguez and Sandoval-Rodriguez were also convicted of multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-lands-ms-13-gang-member-federal-prison-life Mon, 05/09/2022 - 16:10 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ICE HSI Baltimore-led investigation nets MS-13 gang leader a life sentence in federal prison for racketeering, conspiracy and conspiring to commit multiple murders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-nets-ms-13-gang-leader-life-sentence-federal Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, a/k/a “Insolente” and “Trankilo,” age 24, of Landover, Maryland was sentenced to life in federal prison, on April 25, for conspiring to participate in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13, and for three counts each of murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, as well as for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-nets-ms-13-gang-leader-life-sentence-federal Tue, 04/26/2022 - 15:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ICE HSI Baltimore-led investigation results in a 50-year sentence for a notorious MS-13 gang member https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-results-50-year-sentence-notorious-ms-13-gang The three-month trial focused on four brutal murders, in two of which Parada personally participated. The federal jury also convicted Milton Portillo-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” age 26; Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Picaro,” age 22; and Oscar Armando Sorto Romero, a/k/a “Lobo,” age 22; on the same charges. Portillo-Rodriguez, Sandoval-Rodriguez, and Sorto Romero were additionally convicted of multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-results-50-year-sentence-notorious-ms-13-gang Wed, 04/20/2022 - 08:33 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ICE HSI-Washington, D.C.-led investigation leads to the conviction of 4 MS-13 gang members for racketeering, violent crimes, and drug distribution https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-washington-dc-led-investigation-leads-conviction-4-ms-13-gang-members According to court records and evidence presented during a three-week trial, Roberto Cruz Moreno, 22, of Woodbridge, and Marvin Torres, 21, of Manassas, were “chequeos,” which are soldiers, in the Guanacos Lil Cycos (GLCS) clique of MS-13; Kevin Perez Sandoval, 24, of Warrenton, was an “observacion,” which is a lower level soldier in the GLCS clique; and Jose Rosales Juarez, 27, of Manassas, was a “paro,” which is an entry level member of the GLCS clique. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-washington-dc-led-investigation-leads-conviction-4-ms-13-gang-members Tue, 03/22/2022 - 10:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Southern Arizona law enforcement agencies execute gang-related warrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southern-arizona-law-enforcement-agencies-execute-gang-related-warrants Special agents with ICE's HSI partnered with multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies under the FBI’s SAVCGTF to executed 11 search warrants throughout Pima and Santa Cruz counties, in connection with an ongoing investigation against a violent criminal street gang in Tucson. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southern-arizona-law-enforcement-agencies-execute-gang-related-warrants Thu, 02/03/2022 - 10:17 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs 4 La Quarenta gang members plead guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-la-quarenta-gang-members-plead-guilty-drug-trafficking-conspiracy Fernando Martinez, 44, Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty today to the conspiracy which spanned from Sept. 6, 2020, to Aug. 26, 2021. Three others - Jayden Wandell Coleman, 18, Carlos Acosta, 38, and Ricky Reyna, 34, all of Corpus Christi - previously admitted to the their roles in the conspiracy. All are identified members of the La Quarenta gang. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-la-quarenta-gang-members-plead-guilty-drug-trafficking-conspiracy Thu, 01/27/2022 - 15:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ICE HSI, joint law enforcement investigation, results in 7 area residents indicted for conspiracy to transport stolen catalytic converters across state lines https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-joint-law-enforcement-investigation-results-7-area-residents-indicted Evan Marshall, 24, and Camren Davis, 24, both of Rogersville, and Cody Ryder, 30, Leslie Ice, 37, his wife, Danielle Ice, 33, Eric Kaltenbach, 37, and Enx Khoshaba, 29, all of Springfield, were charged in a four-count superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The superseding indictment replaces the indictment returned against Marshall on Nov. 17, 2021, and includes additional charges and defendants. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-joint-law-enforcement-investigation-results-7-area-residents-indicted Thu, 01/27/2022 - 09:57 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Decade-long ICE HSI investigation leads to prison sentence for Sinaloa Cartel associate https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/decade-long-ice-hsi-investigation-leads-prison-sentence-sinaloa-cartel-associate For his role in supervising and managing couriers who helped smuggle bulk cash across the U.S.-Mexico border, Roberto Gallegos-Lechuga, 39, of Sinaloa, Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit international money laundering in July 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/decade-long-ice-hsi-investigation-leads-prison-sentence-sinaloa-cartel-associate Tue, 01/11/2022 - 10:53 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Southeast Texas operation targeting violent fugitives leads to 351 arrests, seizure of more than $4.3 million https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southeast-texas-operation-targeting-violent-fugitives-leads-351-arrests-seizure-more The operation, which ran from April 7 – Sept. 30, targeted violent fugitives including documented gang members and other firearms-related offenders in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southeast-texas-operation-targeting-violent-fugitives-leads-351-arrests-seizure-more Tue, 12/14/2021 - 18:35 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs HSI contributes to multiagency Task Force to pursue transnational gang leader https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-contributes-multiagency-task-force-pursue-transnational-gang-leader Archaga Carías and other MS-13 members and associates acting at his direction, also provided protection for other drug trafficking organizations (“DTOs”) engaged in transporting multi-ton loads of cocaine through Honduras and destined for the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-contributes-multiagency-task-force-pursue-transnational-gang-leader Thu, 11/04/2021 - 10:56 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Sophisticated subterranean tunnel discovered near US-Mexico Border https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sophisticated-subterranean-tunnel-discovered-near-us-mexico-border The tunnel, which has an entrance measuring 12 feet by 10 feet, extends 3 feet north of the international border wall, but has no exit on the U.S. side of the border. The DTO equipped the tunnel with electricity, ventilation, a rail system with a cart, and an electric hoist. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sophisticated-subterranean-tunnel-discovered-near-us-mexico-border Mon, 08/02/2021 - 15:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs Multi-year ICE HSI investigation leads to indictment of 9 MS-13 gang members https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-ice-hsi-investigation-leads-indictment-9-ms-13-gang-members Charges in the indictment include seven murder allegations, kidnappings, numerous assaults, robberies and large-scale drug distribution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-ice-hsi-investigation-leads-indictment-9-ms-13-gang-members Thu, 07/29/2021 - 11:14 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs ICE ERO officers assist in sweeping federal drug and gang case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-officers-assist-sweeping-federal-drug-and-gang-case The street gangs involved were the Surenos, Nortenos, La Raza, Vario Chosen Few, East Side Raskals, Baby Regulators, Soldiers of Aryan Culture, and Tiny Oriental Posse. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-officers-assist-sweeping-federal-drug-and-gang-case Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs 7th member of MS-13 criminal enterprise indicted for murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/7th-member-ms-13-criminal-enterprise-indicted-murder Carlos Elias Henriquez-Torres, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national who illegally resided in Houston, was indicted on March 31, for conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/7th-member-ms-13-criminal-enterprise-indicted-murder Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:49 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Transnational Gangs