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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MS-13 Member Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for RICO Conspiracy

BOSTON – A leader of MS-13’s Hollywood Loco Salvatrucha (HLS) clique was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for racketeering conspiracy.


Henry Santos Gomez, a/k/a “Renegado,” 32, a Salvadoran national who previously resided in Revere, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to six years in prison and three years of supervised release.  Santos Gomez will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence.  In October 2017, Santos Gomez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.


After a multi-year investigation, Santos Gomez was one of 61 individuals named in a superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13.  The investigation revealed that Santos Gomez was a leader and “homeboy,” or full member, of the HLS clique.  A search warrant executed at Santos Gomez’s residence resulted in the seizure of MS-13 paraphernalia and weapons. 


United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner Thomas Turco 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 James Guido; Somerville Police Chief David Fallon; and Herndon (VA) Police Chief Maggie A. DeBoard made the announcement. 

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Updated January 16, 2018