United States Department of Justice

Organized Crime and Gang Section Press Releases for 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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MS-13 Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Involvement in RICO Conspiracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to 14 years in prison and five years of supervised release for his participation in a racketeering enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough of the Middle District of Tennessee announced.
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Friday, November 14, 2008

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MS-13 Member Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy, Armed Robbery And Firearm Violation

Greenbelt, Maryland - A jury convicted Victor Ramirez, age 30, a native of El Salvador residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, today on charges of conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of MS-13, including three murders and an attempted murder; armed robbery of a commercial establishment; and using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. (Read more)

Monday, November 10, 2008

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MS-13 Member Sentenced to Over 12 Years In Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Juan Jiminez-Hernandez, also known as Sniroon, age 23, of Beltsville, Maryland, today to 150 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of MS-13. (Read more)

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MS-13 Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison on Firearm Charge

WASHINGTON – A leader of the gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to life in prison for using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, and to a 20-year term, to be served consecutively, for his participation in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

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Member of MS-13 Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder Conspiracy and Murder

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Israel Ernesto Palacios, also known as Homie, age 31, of Silver Spring, Maryland, today to life in prison, after he was convicted by a federal jury on August 8, 2008 for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Florida Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

WASHINGTON – Nelson Castillo, 33, of Tampa, Fla., was sentenced today on drug charges and for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton for the Middle District of Florida announced. (Read more)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

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29 Individuals Indicted in Racketeering Probe Targeting MS-13 Gang

SAN FRANCISCO – Twenty-two individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area were indicted on federal racketeering and other charges arising from their participation in La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, the U. S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today. (Read more)

Monday, October 20, 2008

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MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - Eris Marchante-Rivas, also known as Strayboy, age 24, of Hyattsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of MS-13 (Read more)

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Three MS-13 Members Sentenced For Role In Rico Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Three members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have been sentenced in Nashville, Tenn., for their participation in a racketeering enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Edward M. Yarbrough announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

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MS-13 Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison for Involvement in RICO Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A leader of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to life in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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Alleged MS-13 Gang Members in North Carolina Charged in 70-count Superseding Indictment

WASHINGTON – Twenty-six alleged members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have been charged in a superseding indictment that now charges 70 criminal counts. (Read more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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MS-13 Leader Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison for Involvement in RICO Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A leader of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to 45 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough of the Middle District of Tennessee announced. (Read more)

Monday, September 8, 2008

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Girlfriend of MS-13 Member Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Involvement in RICO Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – The girlfriend of a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for her participation in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

Friday, August 29, 2008

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Wife of MS-13 Member Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Wendy Garcia, age 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for obstruction of justice, in connection with the murder of an MS-13 gang member by other MS-13 members. (Read more)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years In Prison

TAMPA FL-- United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill and Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the U. S. Department of Justice Criminal Division announced today that Gustavo Barreda, age 35, of Brandon, FL, was sentenced yesterday. (Read more)

Friday, August 8, 2008

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Twenty-First Member of MS-13 Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder Conspiracy and Murder

GREENBELT, Md. – A federal jury convicted Israel Ernesto Palacios, a/k/a “Homie,” 31, of Silver Spring, Md., today of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and murder resulting from use of a gun during a crime of violence.
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Monday, July 28, 2008

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Three MS-13 Leaders Plead Guilty to Involvement in a Racketeering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Three leaders of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, pleaded guilty to participation in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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Twenty-Six Members of MS-13 Indicted on Racketeering, Narcotics, Extortion and Firearms Charges

CHARLOTTE — A federal grand jury in Charlotte, N.C., charged 26 members of the violent gang known as MS-13 with federal racketeering and related crimes occurring in the United States and El Salvador, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C. F. Shappert for the Western District of North Carolina and Assistant Director Kenneth W. Kaiser of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division announced today. (Read more)

Monday, June 23, 2008

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MS - 13 Bill of Indictment USAO - WDNC

The Grand Jury charges that La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, is a gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador, with memebers operating throughout North Carolina including Mecklendurg, Guiford, Wake, and Durham counties and else where. (Read more)

Friday, June 13, 2008

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Former State Supreme Leader of the Latin Kings for the State of Florida Indicted on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

WASHINGTON – Michael A. Garcia, 38, a former leader of the Latin Kings gang in Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of drug trafficking and illegal possession of firearms. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Former State Supreme Leader of the Latin Kings for the State of Florida Indicted on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal jury convicted Wendy Garcia, age 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today for obstruction of justice, in connection with the murder of an MS-13 gang member by other MS-13 members. (Read more)

Monday, March 31, 2008

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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison on Racketeering Charges

WASHINGTON - A member of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering enterprise. (Read more)

Monday, March 17, 2008

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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years for Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Everec Alvarez Chacon, also known as Moreno, age 30, of Washington, D.C., today to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of MS-13. (Read more)

Monday, January 11, 2008

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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to Over 23 Years for Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced James Guillen, also known as Toro, age 21, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for to conspiracy to conduct and participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of MS-13. (Read more)

Friday, January 4, 2008

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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to Over 23 Years for Racketeering Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced William A. Mendez, age 21, also known as “Pitufo,” of Gaithersburg, Maryland today to 66 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for committing a violent crime in aid of the racketeering activities of MS-13. (Read more)