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Fugitive and Alleged MS-13 Member Arrested on Illegal Re-Entry Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant an El Salvadorian National located in East Boston

BOSTON – An alleged member of MS-13 who had been a fugitive was arrested today in East Boston and charged with illegal re-entry.


Elenilson Gustavo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, aka “Siniestro,” 31, was arrested on Paris Street in East Boston. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was detained following an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley during which he was identified as a member of MS-13 who had previously been deported to El Salvador in 2012.


After a three-year investigation, Gonzalez-Gonzalez was one of 61 persons named in a superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was charged in the indictment with unlawful re-entry of a deported alien, and the government alleges that he is a member of MS-13.


In documents previously filed with the Court, MS-13 was identified as a violent transnational criminal organization whose branches or “cliques” operate throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts. MS-13 members are required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and discipline within the group. Specifically, MS-13 members are required to attack and murder gang rivals whenever possible.


The charge of illegal re-entry provides for a sentence of no greater than two years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The defendant will also be subject to deportation upon the completion of the sentence. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner Thomas Truco of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections; Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Thompkins; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Chelsea Police Chief Brian A. Kyes; Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie; Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary; Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli; and Somerville Police Chief David Fallon, made the announcement.


​The details contained in the indictments are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 5, 2017