United States Department of Justice

Organized Crime and Gang Section Press Releases for 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Press Release

Member of Latin Kings Gang Charged with Racketeering and Conspiracy

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan today announced the filing of an Information1 against Juan Sanchez, a.k.a. “King Macho”, 24, of Philadelphia, charging him with conspiracy to conduct and participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, a.k.a. the Latin Kings. (Read more)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Press Release

Elbert Hidalgo, 23, Faces A Maximum Life Sentence For Racketeering

TAMPA - A member of the Latin Kings gang pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one count of conspiring to conduct and participate in the activities of a racketeering enterprise.
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Press Release

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough for the Middle District of Tennessee announced today.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Press Release

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy

Henry Garballo-Vasquez, a.k.a. Cuervo, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell of the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville. Judge Campbell also ordered Garballo-Vasquez to serve three years of supervised release.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Press Release

MS-13 Member Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison for Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has been sentenced to 235 months in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough of the Middle District of Tennessee announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Press Release

MS-13 Member Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison for Involvement in A Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - William A. Mendez, age 21, also known as “Pitufo,” of Gaithersburg, pleaded guilty today to committing a violent crime in aid of the racketeering activities of an MS-13 gang. (Read more)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Press Release

MS-13 Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - James Guillen, also known as Toro, age 21, of Hyattsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today after the jury was selected to conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of an MS-13 gang. (Read more)

Wednesday, October 23, 2007

Press Release

Two Men Receive Life Sentences for Role in Violent Drug Trafficking Organization with Ties to the Mexican Mafia

FARGO - United States Attorney Drew Wrigley announced that on October 23, 2007, United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson sentenced Alberto Chahia, a/k/a Chingone, of Indio, California, and Kelly Dean Overby of Jamestown, North Dakota, to life in prison on drug trafficking charges. (Read more)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Press Release

MS-13 Leader Sentenced To Life In Prison

GREENBELT, Md. — Omar Vasquez, 29, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted at trial by a federal jury of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise involving murder, robbery, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Press Release

Members Of "Outlaws Motorcycle Club: Indicted In Detroit On Violent Crime, Drug And Gun Charges

WASHINGTON – Sixteen members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges including violent crime in aid of racketeering, illegal drug distribution and gun violations, the Department of Justice announced today. (Read more)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Speech

Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at Press Availability Following a Meeting of Central American Attorneys General

Good afternoon. I would like to thank Mexico Attorney General Medina Mora for hosting this Summit, and all of the Attorneys General in attendance. I believe we have had very frank and productive discussions on some matters of great importance to all of our countries. (Read more)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Speech

Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at Press Conference Announcing the Indictment of Three MS-13 Gang Members

Good afternoon. I'd like to welcome Michael Sullivan, acting Director of the ATF, Ken Kaiser, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein from the District of Maryland. (Read more)

Press Release

Three Salvadoran Nationals Indicted on Racketeering Charges for Participation in Violent International Gang

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Greenbelt, Md., has charged leaders of the violent street gang known as MS-13 with federal racketeering crimes, including two men who allegedly ordered murders inside the United States from their prison cells in El Salvador, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Press Release

Baltimore Fugitive Sweep Results in Nearly 200 Arrests

BALTIMORE – The largest sweep of its kind ever conducted in Baltimore has resulted in hundreds of violent criminal arrests, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland, and U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes announced today. (Read more)

Monday, March 5, 2007

Press Release

MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - Lisbeth Delcid, also known as "Lil Truca," or "Lil Trucha," age 22, of Woodbridge, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of an MS-13 gang, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. (Read more)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Press Release

Fact Sheet: Department of Justice Efforts to Stop Gang Violence in America’s Communities

The effects of violence and gang activity reverberate beyond individuals, beyond a single perpetrator or a single victim. When a young man is murdered, an entire community feels the loss. When a young girl is raped, an entire neighborhood is violated. (Read more)

Wednesday, January 10 , 2007

Press Release

Thirteen Alleged Members of MS-13 Gang Indicted on Racketeering Conspiracy Charges

WASHINGTON – Thirteen alleged members of the street gang called La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Tennessee on charges that they conspired to participate in a violent RICO enterprise responsible for killings and other violent crimes in Nashville, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Craig S. Morford for the Middle District of Tennessee announced today. (Read more)

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