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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

“Golden Goose” of the Mexican Mafia Sentenced to 30 Years for Role in Drug Distribution Conspiracy and Attempted Robbery Ordered by the Mexican Mafia

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – September 24, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Fady Esho, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 30 years in prison for his aggravated role in a drug distribution conspiracy as well as his participation in an attempted armed robbery ordered by the Mexican Mafia. 

The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI-led Violent Crimes Task Force, Gang Group (VCTF-GG) into drug trafficking, firearms and violent crimes being committed by certain gang members and their associates in San Diego.

“Taking this Mexican Mafia member off the street for three decades is a big win for public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “This significant sentence will prevent defendant, who was a violent firearms and drug trafficker in addition to being a Mexican mafia member, from further menacing our community.”  The U.S. Attorney praised prosecutors Todd Robinson and Kareem Salem as well as the FBI and the Violent Crimes Task force-Gang Group for their diligence in prosecuting this important case.

"The 30-year sentence handed down today sends a clear message to anyone that is involved with the criminal activities of violent gangs and the Mexican Mafia: Expect to be investigated by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force-Gang Group (VCTF-GG) and aggressively prosecuted,” said FBI SAC Scott Brunner. “Because of this long-term investigation, crimes of violence were prevented and a dangerous criminal enterprise trafficking in drugs and firearms throughout Southern California was decimated.  Our community is safer with these gang members and associates behind bars.”

The defendant pleaded guilty on May 9, 2019 (18cr3424-LAB) to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute; being a felon in possession of a firearm; attempting to commit a Hobbs Act Robbery; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. That same day, he also pleaded guilty (18cr4217-LAB) to one count of conspiring with others to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the prosecutor, Fady Esho was nicknamed the “Golden Goose” by several individuals associated with the Mexican Mafia based on his capability to distribute firearms and narcotics as well as collect money at their direction.

On June 13, 2018 agents intercepted communications of the defendant and two of his co-defendants who discussed their intention to commit an armed robbery and assault on behalf of the Mexican Mafia. In response, San Diego Police Department Gang Suppression Officers stopped the vehicle Fady Esho was driving as his drove to their intended victim. Ultimately, officers recovered four firearms, 56 rounds of ammunition and zip ties, which officers believe were for restraining the intended victim.

In addition to his role in the attempted robbery, the defendant was sentenced for his role, organization, and distribution of multiple pounds of methamphetamine.

Intercepted communications also revealed that the defendant was engaged in the distribution of methamphetamine to several customers, including an individual who on two occasions flew from Florida to purchase pounds of methamphetamine from the defendant. But for the quick response from members of the VCTF-GG, pounds of methamphetamine, which were packaged and shipped via the United States Postal Service, would have found its way to drug users in the Florida area.

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. Section 841 (a)(1)
Maximum Penalty: Forty years in prison; Five year mandatory minimum

Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922(g)
Maximum Penalty: Ten years in prison

Attempted Hobbs Act Robbery, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1951
Maximum Penalty: Twenty years in prison

Possession of firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Section 924(c)
Maximum Penalty: Five years mandatory minimum in prison

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. Sections 841 (a)(1) and 846
Maximum Penalty: Up to life in prison; Ten year mandatory minimum

DEFENDANT                        Case Numbers: 18CR3424-LAB & 18CR4217-LAB

Fady Esho                               Age: 37                                San Diego                                                          

INVESTIGATING AGENCIES

Violent Crimes Gang Task Force

Task Force agencies include:

FBI, ATF, DEA, BOP, USPIS, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, San Diego District Attorney's Office, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff's Department, National City Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, El Cajon Police Department and Federal Bureau of Prisons- Joint Intelligence Sharing Initiative

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Todd Robinson (619) 546-7994 and Kareem Salem (619) 546-8904
Press Release Number: 
CAS19-0924-Esho
Updated September 24, 2019