MS-13 Member Sentenced to 35 Years’ Imprisonment for Racketeering Conspiracy and Other Violent Crimes
A Maryland man was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, murder and attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and other charges in connection with his La Mara Salvatrucha, aka “MS-13” gang, activities between 2015 and 2019. According to court documents, Reyes-Canales was a member and associate of MS-13 and participated in a racketeering conspiracy that included assaults, murder, attempted murder, robbery and drug trafficking. Specifically, in 2016, Reyes-Canales participated in the murder of a suspected rival gang member and conspired and attempted to murder two victims in Annapolis. In addition, between January 2016 and February 2017, Reyes-Canales and other MS-13 members/associates sold cocaine and marijuana to raise funds for the gang. Co-defendant David Diaz-Alvarado, 20, of Annapolis, pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering in connection with his MS-13 gang activities.justice.gov
MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Murder and Attempted Murder
A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise by murdering a suspected rival gang member and attempting to murder two other victims, in connection with his MS-13 gang activities. Specifically, Reyes-Canales admitted that he participated in the murder of a suspected rival gang member and conspired and attempted to murder two victims in Annapolis. The drug proceeds were used for, among other purposes, the purchase of more narcotics, weapons, and to send to MS-13 members and associates in other states and in El Salvador. “Through the diligent efforts of law enforcement and department prosecutors, these defendants will no longer harm and intimidate the Annapolis community. Co-defendant David Diaz-Alvarado, 20, of Annapolis, pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering in connection with his MS-13 gang activities.justice.gov
7th MS-13 gang member indicted in connection with 2018 killing of police informant who was found hacked to death with machete
A seventh MS-13 gang member has been indicted in connection with the death of a <a href="https://www.click2houston.com/news/2018/09/27/5th-ms-13-gang-member-arrested-after-informant-found-hacked-to-death-police-say/" target=_blank>police informant who was found hacked to death in Cullinan Park</a>.
Líderes de Alto Rango de la MS-13 Son Acusados por Delitos de Terrorismo en los Estados Unidos
Este día, en Central Islip, Nueva York, se presentó una acusación contra 14 de los líderes de mayor rango de la MS-13 en el mundo, conocidos como la Ranfla Nacional, la cual funcionaba como la Junta Directiva de la Organización y dirigió la violencia y la actividad delictiva de la MS-13 en todo el mundo durante casi dos décadas. contra la MS-13 y su estructura de mando y control. “Incluso desde la cárcel, la Ranfla Nacional continuó dirigiendo las operaciones globales de la MS-13, reclutando nuevos miembros en la MS-13, incluyendo niños, y orquestando asesinatos y caos en todo el mundo. Como líderes de la MS-13, los acusados controlaban franjas de territorio y participaban en actividades de relaciones públicas en nombre de la organización delictiva transnacional. Estos miembros se sometieron a entrenamiento militar en los campamentos de entrenamiento militar de la MS-13 en El Salvador.justice.gov
MS-13’s Highest-Ranking Leaders Charged with Terrorism Offenses in the United States
Defendant Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, aka “Diablito de Hollywood,” is widely recognized as the most powerful member of the Ranfla Nacional. The United States will explore options for their extradition to the United States with the Government of El Salvador. “Even when incarcerated, the Ranfla Nacional continued to direct MS-13’s global operations, recruit new members, including children, into MS-13, and orchestrate murder and mayhem around the world. Moreover, by controlling the level of MS-13’s violence, the Ranfla Nacional exercised leverage with the Government of El Salvador. In 2015, when this agreement collapsed, the Ranfla Nacional blamed the United States, believing that the U.S. government pressured the government of El Salvador to end the “truce” as a condition of receiving funds from the United States.justice.gov
More than 700 Members Of Transnational Organized Crime Groups Arrested in Central America in U.S. Assisted Operation
The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, Attorney General Raul Melara of El Salvador, Attorney General María Consuelo Porras Argueta of Guatemala, and the Attorney General of Honduras, Oscar Fernando Chinchilla, through the Public Ministry’s Press Office. Prosecutors and the Police also seized assets from these organized crime groups for forfeiture purposes. On February 9, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking to dismantle and eradicate transnational criminal organizations threatening the safety of our communities. Photo courtesy of El Salvador Attorney General’s Office. Photo courtesy of El Salvador Attorney General’s Office.justice.gov
MS-13 gang members face federal charges in 2018 machete death, authorities say
HOUSTON – Five MS-13 gang members appeared in court Tuesday morning on charges of conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering, federal authorities said. Wilson Jose Ventura-Mejia, 24, Jimmy Villalobos-Gomez, 23, Angel Miguel Aguilar-Ochoa, 35, Walter Antonio Chicas-Garcia, 23, and Marlon Miranda-Moran, 21, are all charged with conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering after the 2018 death of a police informant whose body was found in Cullinan Park. Wilson J. Ventura-MejiaMarlon A. MirandaMiguel Aguilar-OchoaThe indictment alleges they committed the June 6, 2018 murder of 25-year-old Victor Castro-Martinez to get ahead in the MS-13 enterprise. The victim was hacked to death with a machete, according to police. If convicted, they could face a potential death sentence.
Seven MS-13 Gang Members Indicted in Violent Crime and Drug Distribution Conspiracy
In order to maximize drug distribution in these nightclubs, the defendants would threaten rival and competing drug dealers who sold and attempted to sell cocaine and marijuana in the nightclubs. In order to protect their drugs, territory and proceeds, the defendants would acquire, carry and discharge firearms. To maintain and extend control over their drug distribution, the defendants would commit acts involving murder, intimidation and assault against individuals who jeopardized its operations, including rival drug dealers. All defendants are in custody and will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at a later date. Trial Attorney Matthew Hoff of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime & Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah are prosecuting this case.justice.gov
Final Defendant Sentenced to More than 17 Years in MS-13 Case
An MS-13 gang member was sentenced Tuesday to more than 17 years in federal prison for his role in a brutal machete attack at an apartment complex in Dallas, Texas. “When machete-wielding gang members terrorize our streets, they will be met with certain justice. On Aug. 9, 2017, several gang members attacked another rival gang member at an apartment complex in Dallas, intending to kill the victim. On Aug. 19, 2017, several gang members attacked and robbed another rival gang member at an apartment complex in Irving. In late August, several gang members plotted twice to kill a man believed to be a member of a rival gang.justice.gov
Five Alleged MS-13 Members Charged Federally for Their Participation in a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy Including Eight Murders and Four Attempted Murders
The eleventh superseding indictment adds a new defendant charged with a racketeering conspiracy related to his membership in MS-13, including a double homicide and drug trafficking. Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operate throughout Maryland, including in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. At all times during the conspiracy, members of MS-13 were expected to protect the name, reputation, and status of the gang from rival gang members and other persons. Pursuant to this plan and as directed by Alvarado-Requeno, Contreras-Avalos and other MS-13 members and associates allegedly stabbed the two victims to death. The next day, Jacome and other members and associates of MS-13 allegedly returned to Germantown to bury the victim’s body.justice.gov
Barr says US now overly reliant on Chinese goods, services
Attorney General William Barr participates in a law enforcement briefing on the MS-13 gang with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON The United States has become overly reliant on Chinese goods and services, including face masks, medical gowns and other protective equipment designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday. Barr's address at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is part of a full-court press by the Trump administration to denounce China. Hollywood, too, has fallen influence to Beijing, Barr said, accusing filmmakers of censoring themselves in line with Chinese propaganda. A world marching to the beat of Communist Chinas drums will not be a hospitable one for institutions that depend on free markets, free trade, or the free exchange of ideas, Barr said.
MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Machete Attack Case
An MS-13 gang member was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in a brutal machete attack at a park just outside Dallas, Texas, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Departments Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas. According to court documents, Amaya-Alvarez an El Salvadorian national in the United States illegally admitted he belonged to MS-13, a notorious and violent transnational street gang. In Sept. 25, 2017, he admitted he and fellow MS-13 gang members attempted to take out, or kill, four individuals at Running Bear Park in Irving, Texas. That night, the gang lured an individual a man they perceived to be a rival gang member to the park under the guise that they wanted to buy his tattoo machine. When they arrived, gang members lured them to wooded area in the back of the park, where additional gang members armed with a shotgun, machetes, and clubs lay in wait.justice.gov