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24 Federally Indicted in San Antonio for Alleged Drug and Firearm Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas announced at a press conference Thursday that 24 alleged members and associates of the Mexican American prison gang Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos were indicted in San Antonio for criminal charges related to their alleged drug and firearm trafficking.

Law enforcement arrested 19 alleged gang members and associates Tuesday in an operation involving federal, state and local agencies. Five of the 24 defendants were already in federal or state custody prior to Tuesday’s arrests.

The indictment carries 24 counts including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; conspiracy to traffic firearms; and more. If convicted, the defendants face varying ranges of time in prison, from maximum sentences of 15 or 20 years to penalties of five years to life in prison.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

“Thank you to our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, led by the FBI and DEA in this case, for their ongoing commitment to investigating these issues in our communities and for their continued commitment to reducing violence, and firearm and drug crimes that plague our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas. “Their professionalism, determination, and expertise help protect the safety of our citizens and allow our federal prosecutors to keep violent criminals out of our communities for years.”

“We are truly safer today because there are fewer firearms in the hands of bad actors — fewer kilos of meth, heroin and cocaine for sale in our community and one less trafficking organization doing business in South Texas,” said Special Agent in Charge Aaron Tapp of the FBI's San Antonio Field Office. “The FBI remains committed working with our partners in whatever way we can to reduce violent crime in our communities, throughout the state of Texas – and across the country.”

“These arrests will put a dent into HPL’s drug trafficking activities that have been their main source of income,” said Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux for the Drug Enforcement Administration Houston Division. Members rely on the money made outside to fund members behind bars and help HPL as an organization thrive at the devastating expense of our communities.”

The defendants arrested Tuesday are:

  1. Daniel Natividad aka “Danny Boy,” 50, of Hebronville
  2. Brian Zepeda aka “Get Down”, 39, of San Antonio
  3. Roberto Ibarra aka “Bobby,” 44, of Laredo
  4. Mike Rayas Carrillo aka “Gordo,” 37, of San Antonio
  5. Jesus Mendoza Jr. aka “Chivo,” 50, of San Antonio
  6. Gilberto Garcia aka “Gibo,” 42, of San Antonio
  7. Ramon Lozoya aka “Bulldog,” 41, of San Antonio
  8. Maximo Flores Jr., 44, of San Antonio
  9. Miguel Zamora Rosas aka “Eight Ball”, 39, of San Antonio
  10. Paul Garcia aka “Baby Paul”, 38, of San Antonio
  11. Abraham Pagan aka “Shank,” 44, of San Antonio
  12. Mark Anthony Avila, 43, of San Antonio
  13. Rudy Hugo Lopez, 34, of San Antonio
  14. Robert Davalos Alvarado aka “Pork Chop,” 41, of San Antonio
  15. Raymond Medina aka “Crime”, 35, of San Antonio
  16. Roger Hilburn, 33, of San Antonio
  17. Armando Perales aka “Pitbull,” 54, of San Antonio
  18. Ruben Rivera, 36, of San Antonio
  19. JR Perales, 31, of San Antonio

The following defendants were already in custody:

  1. Antonio Rios Jr. aka “Tone”, 33, of San Antonio
  2. Vidal Morales Jr. aka “Moe”, 49, of San Antonio
  3. Ronald Mendoza aka “Ronnie,” 41, of San Antonio
  4. Carlos Bernal aka “Guero,” 46, of San Antonio
  5. Adrian Calvillo aka “Token,” 40, of San Antonio

The FBI and DEA are leading the investigation with valuable assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, Texas National Guard Counter Narcotics Taskforce, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, San Antonio Police Department, Boerne Police Department, and the New Braunfels Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Nowinski and Fidel Esparza III are prosecuting the case.

This operation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated June 24, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses