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Leader Of Sunset Trinitarios Sentented To Life In Prison For Racketeering, Including Ordering Multiple Murders

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that EDIBERTO SANTANA, a/k/a “Flaco Veneno,” was sentenced to life imprisonment for leading the Sunset Trinitarios gang from at least 2010 through 2019 and, in that capacity, ordering multiple acts of brutal violence, including the March 13, 2011, murder of Dennis Marquez, age 16, who was stabbed to death in the Bronx; the October 23, 2013, murder of Michael Beltre, age 17, who was shot and killed in the Bronx; and the November 17, 2013, murder of Rafael Alam, age 22, who was shot and killed in the Bronx.  U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty imposed today’s sentence.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:  “While nothing can make whole the families and communities of Dennis Marquez, Michael Beltre, and Rafael Alam, we hope that today’s sentence is some measure of closure and justice for them.  We are committed to addressing gang violence in our communities and to holding accountable those who instigate such violence.”

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SANTANA, 33, of Brooklyn, New York, previously pled guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy with murder as a special sentencing factor, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. 

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the New York City Police Department, the New York State Police, and the New York City Department of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Celia V. Cohen, Jacqueline C. Kelly, and Lindsey Keenan are in charge of the prosecution.  The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-1020

Updated February 21, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-066