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Rosales-Lopez Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charge Faces Additional Charges in Western District of North Carolina

July 9, 2008

Greensboro, NC – JULIO CESAR ROSALES-LOPEZ, a/k/a “Stiler,” age 23, of Greensboro, has pleaded guilty to a federal firearm charge, announced Anna Mills Wagoner, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

ROSALES-LOPEZ pleaded guilty today, July 9, 2008, in Greensboro to one count of alien in possession of a firearm. On January 18, 2008, Greensboro Police officers conducted a consent search of the Merritt Drive apartment where ROSALES-LOPEZ lived and found a SKS 7.62 x 39 mm caliber rifle, with a fixed bayonet under the bed. ROSALES-LOPEZ told officers that he had been given the weapon by his boss. It was later determined that ROSALES-LOPEZ was unlawfully in the country, having illegally entered the United States without inspection in or about May, 2004, near Douglas, Arizona.

ROSALES-LOPEZ is also facing charges in the Western District of North Carolina. The 55-count indictment, returned June 23, 2008, alleges that ROSALES-LOPEZ and his co-defendants conspired to participate in a racketeering enterprise, called La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, in the United States and El Salvador. The indictment alleges that from 2003 to June 2008, the defendants conspired to operate as a gang; committed four murders; formed a drug trafficking conspiracy involving cocaine and marijuana; distributed narcotics; committed multiple robberies; illegally possessed firearms, including in connection with crimes of violence and narcotics offenses; committed acts of extortion and threats of violence; assaulted others, often with deadly weapons; and intimidated witnesses and obstructed justice. That indictment also alleges that on December 8, 2007, defendant Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umana, a/k/a “Wizard,” or “Lobo”, murdered Ruben Garcia Salinas and Manuel Garcia Salinas in Greensboro, and ROSALES-LOPEZ and others later helped Umana escape to Charlotte. The charges in the indictment are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

ROSALES-LOPEZ is scheduled to be sentenced on the firearms charge on November 19, 2008. He faces up to ten years imprisonment, up to three years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The firearms case against ROSALES-LOPEZ was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Greensboro Police Department.

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