Another BMC Gang Member Sentenced for Racketeering
BOISE – Adelaido Gomez, a/k/a “Guy,” 27, was sentenced today to 125 months in federal prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Gomez to serve three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to the charge on July 9, 2012.
According to the plea agreement, Gomez admitted that he was a member of Brown Magic Clica (BMC), and that he agreed to participate in the conduct of BMC through a pattern of racketeering activity. Gomez specifically admitted that he solicited and ordered the intimidation of two witnesses to two separate homicides committed by members of BMC. Gomez is the eighth BMC member to be sentenced in this case.
Another BMC member awaits sentencing, which is scheduled for next year. Amando Garcia, Jr., a/k/a Amando Torres, a/k/a “Toro,” 29, pleaded guilty on August 8 to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Sentencing is set for February 25, 2013, at the federal courthouse in Boise. The conspiracy charge is punishable by up to life in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to five years of supervised release. The attempted murder in aid of racketeering charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Trial for co-defendants Oscar Garcia a/k/a “Bubba,” a/k/a “Tiny,” and Juan Jimenez a/k/a “Loco,” is set for February 12.
The federal racketeer influenced corrupt organizations (RICO) law prohibits individuals from participating, or conspiring to participate, in the conduct of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. An enterprise is defined as any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity. Racketeering activity is defined as specified criminal acts, including murder, arson, distribution of controlled substances, and intimidation and retaliation against witnesses.
“Eight defendants, including Mr. Gomez, are deservedly serving lengthy prison sentences for their part in this racketeering enterprise,” said Olson. “We will use the strongest prosecution tools we have to take violent gang members off the street. We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that community or family events are free from acts of violence motivated by misguided gang alliances.”
The investigation, named “Operation Black Magic,” included the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise Police Department, the Caldwell Police Department, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Department of Correction, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, the Meridian Police Department, the Nampa Police Department, the Nyssa Police Department, the Ontario Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the U.S. Attorney's Office. The investigation is ongoing.
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