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|MEXICAN MAFIA TIMELINE
From left to right: Standing: Richard "Richie" Jaramillo from Pomona, Manuel "Rocky" Luna, Adolph "Champ" Reynoso, Pedro "Sana" Ojeda Ronnie Salazar and Gilbert "Mongol" Silva. Kneeling: Evarito "Blanco" Blanco, Refugio "Rufas" Pena, and two unidentified associates.
April 24, 1923
Henry "Hank" Leyva born in Tuscon, Arizona.
May 3, 1925
Convicted San Francisco gangsters Edmund "Spud" Murphy and Frank Falconi are transferred from San Quentin to Folsom in response to a plea from the Mexican government that inmates of Mexican descent be protected after racially motivated attacks instigated by Murphy and Falconi which resulted in the death of Michael Gomez a Mexican-American born in Texas.
April 10, 1929
Joe "Pegleg" Morgan born.
1st generation "Originals" of Hoyo Maravilla gang forms.
2nd generation "Cherries" of Hoyo Maravilla gang forms.
Henry "Hank" Leyva, Joe Valenzuela and Jack Melendez all members from 38th street gang in Long Beach arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.
Charges dropped against Joe Valenzuela and Jack Melendez but Leyva is rebooked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Leyva pled guilty and received a 3 month county jail term.
August 2, 1942
Gang fight involving 38th street gang from Long Beach and a Downey gang results in the death of Jose Diaz.
January 13, 1943
11 members of the 38th street gang are sentenced to prison for the murder of Jose Diaz.
June 3, 1943
The Zoot suites erupt in Los Angeles. Many blame the racial tension in the city as a result of the treatment hispanics were subjected to while they searched for the killers of Jose Diaz.
October 4, 1943
District Court of Appeals dismisses the case against the members of the 38th st., and orders them freed from custody.
Joe Morgan [Maravilla gang] beats the husband of his 32 year old girlfriend to death and buries the body in a shallow grave. While awaiting trial he escapes using the identification papers of a fellow inmate awaiting transfer to a forestry camp. He is recaptured and sentenced to 9 years at San Quentin..
South Ontario Black Angels gang is formed. The gang takes its name from a popular comic book of the time. Frank "Mosca" Castrejon is amoung the founders.
A.-Mexican Mafia forms at the Duel Vocational Institute at Tracey, California. Originally consists of 13 core members.
B.-Joe Morgan is released on parole after 9 years behind bars.
C.-The group's legend begins attracting new members.
Morgan is returned to prison after a brazen machine gun robbery of a West Covina bank.
Authorities note an escalation in violent crimes committed by Los Angeles Hispanic gang members.
San Francisco gang member Michael 'Hacha' Ison is committed to California youth authority after he and his brother attack a barber with a baseball bat.
February 13, 1958
Reuben Ramos 20, and Lorenzo Castro 18, kidnap and shoot George Rodriquez, 13 and Gerald De Lao members of a rival gang. De Lao was killed in the attack.
May 13, 1958
Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy Ned Lovretovich is stabbed in court after offering testimony in the murder robbery trial of Gregory H. Valenzuela and Augustin Acosta two gang members from East Los Angeles.
December 23, 1959
16 year old Rudy Cadena begins serving a prison sentence for second degree murder at the Chino Institute for men..
Eme begins spreading throughout the California prison system..
Backrow; Luis "Huero Buff" Flores, Michael Mulhern, Abraham "Abie" Hernandez, Joe "Red" Morgan.
Front row Tuffy, Jesse "Chenero" Gordon, Ben "Topo" Peters, Rudy "Chy" Cadena; Emero on the yard.
A.-Michael 'Hacha' Ison enters the California prison after a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.
B.-Joe Morgan leads 11 inmates in a jail break from the L.A., county jail. He had been called as a witness in a trial involving the murder of another inmate
November 8, 1961
Authorities crack a mafia protected narcotics ring after three female visitors are arrested and charged with conspiring to smuggle $18,000 worth of dope into San Quentin. Marie Frances Hall, mother of inmate Thomas Devers is one of those held.
December 14, 1961
Abel A. Nevarez a 26 year old convicted Los Angeles dope peddler is stabbed to death on a San Quentin athletic field. The murder was the first of three committed in connection with an inmate dope ring protected by the newly formed Mexican Mafia.
December 18, 1961
Marcel A. Perez a 19 year old convicted Los Angeles car thief is stabbed to death in a San Quentin recreation yard. The murder was the 2nd of three committed in connection with a dope ring.
December 24, 1961
24 year old Thomas Devers stabbed to death shortly after entering an innocent plea on charges of smuggling narcotics into San Quentin. Dever was stabbed six times by Mike Ison a newly arrived Mafia hitman from the San Francisco area.
Ison acquires the nickname killer after murdering inmate Thomas Dever on behalf of the Mexican Mafia in San Quentin.
July 14, 1963
Eme narcotics chief Harry Gamboa Buckley, 43, Monterey Pak is arrested and charged with heading a heroin ring which sold $40,000 worth of pure heroin. In addition to Buckley, Mary Gloria Ramirez, 28, Alhambra, Virginia Rivas Garcia, 29, Charlotte O. Vasquez, 36 and Julian L. Molano all of East Los Angeles were also held.
California Department of Corrections reports the Mexican mafia controls the yard at San Quentin and has active chapters at Soledad and Folsom prisons.
November 7, 1967
San Quentin inmate Forrest W. Smith, 42, a convicted burglar from Los Angeles is killed in the prison hospital by convicted eme hitman "Psycho" Leo Estrada Robles.
September 15 1968
Hector Padilla a gang member from northern California is attacked after a confrontation with Eme gang leader Robert "Robot" Salas [Big Hazard] over a pair of shoes stolen by Eme associate Carlos "Pieface" Ortega [Geraghty Loma]. This "the third in a series of Eme led attacks on Norteno associates and gang members [Phillip Neri and Sonny Pena were killed earlier.]"
September 16 1968
In retaliation for the murders of Phillip Neri and Sonny Pena and a near fatal attack on Hector Padilla, Nuestra Familia launches a reprisal attack on the Mexican Mafia at 2:30 pm. The final tally left 11 wounded and 1 mafia member dead.
September 16 1968
In retaliation for the murders of Phillip Neri and Sonny Pena and a near fatal attack on Hector Padilla, Nuestra Familia launches a reprisal attack on the Mexican Mafia at 2:30 pm. The final tally left 11 wounded and mafia member Archie Gallego, 25, dead.
Rudy "Cheyenne" Cadena begins correspondence with members of the Latino political group the Brown Berets.
A.-Mexican Mafia and Black Guerilla family agree to a truce.
B.-Joe Moody prison gang investigator finds the body of one of his female informants murdered in Monterey Park, California. Pinned to her body was a note with consisting of one word Eme.
C.-October 6, 1970
Mexican mafia member Alejandro Ramirez Ferrel aka Moe and Steve P. Guerrero instigate an assault upon two black inmates "Wilson and Wilkins," resulting from an earlier racially related incident at Deuel Vocational Institution. Wilkins is fatally wounded and Ferrel is later convicted of second degree murder and Guerrero of involuntary manslaughter.
A.-Rudy Cadena [Bakersfield gang member later claimed East L.A's Primera Flats] issues orders to recently paroled Eme members to take over federally funded drug programs operating in L.A. barrios. The first target is the National Institute of Mental Health's Special Program for Alcohol Abuse (SPAN) which was headquartered in Pomona.
B.-Paroled Eme member Eduardo Z. Aguirre is named executive director of League of United Citizens to help Addicts [LUCHA].
C.-Cadena and Black Guerilla Family founder George L. Jackson are targeted for their influence over large groups of prisoners. Cadena publicly calls for a reuniting of Latino inmates to fight the system. Within the gang it becomes common knowledge that Cadena hopes to unite the Mexican Mafia and Nuestra Familia creating a statewide criminal syndicate.
August 21, 1971
Jackson is murdered at San Quentin leaving Cadena the states most outspoken prison reformist from behind bars..
A.-Cadena is paroled to Los Angeles.
B.-Killer Mike Ison is convicted of second degree murder for stabbing a fellow inmate 51 times in the prison chapel at Folsom.
January 21, 1972
Carlos N. Rodriquez is killed by a shotgun blast to the face fired from point blank range in Pomona.
February 15, 1972
George "Poyo" Felix is stabbed more than 30 times by Eme hitmen in Los Angeles.
February 17, 1972
Ellen Delia is shot three times in the head and dumped on the way to Sacramento where she was scheduled to discuss the eme's infiltration of a state funded program.
March 16, 1972
Eme drop out Raymond Ochoa, 29, shot is found bound and tied to a chair in his Commerce apartment. He'd been shot to death a few feet from his wife and teenage son.
April 3, 1972
Opening remarks are giving in the murder trial of Mexican Mafia member Gilbert Sanchez, 30, of Commerce. Sanchez was accused of killing Eme drop out Raymond Ochoa, 29. Ochoa was shot in his living room near his 13 year old son who lay bound nearby.
April 21, 1972
Aryan Brotherhood members Fred S. Mendrin and Donald C. Hale murders Nuestra Familia member Fred Charles Castillo in Palm Hall at Chino Institute for men, the hit is ordered by Mexican Mafia leader Joe Morgan. The murder reportedly seals a pact between the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia.
October 13, 1972
Gilbert "Shotgun" Sanchez is acquitted of murdering Raymond Ochoa in his Commerce city apartment on orders from Joe Morgan. Sanchez was already serving a combined 150 year sentence for 15 counts of armed robbery.
October 31, 1972
Rudy Cadena is returned to Chino Institute for men as a parole violator.
November 24, 1972
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala conducts a takeover robbery of the Pantry clothing store on Broadway in Chula Vista.
December 12, 1972
Nuestra Familia members Santos and Gilbert Arranda are stabbed in the inmate Reception and Guidance center at Chino Institute for men.
December 18, 1972
Rudy Cadena is stabbed 70 times in Palm Hall at Chino Institute for men by members of la Nuestra Familia. Gilbert Sandoval and Steven Oropeza are injured in the attack as well.
December 25, 1972
Members of the Mexican and Nuestra Familia clash at Soledad leaving Frank Villalobos, 24 and Pablo Najera, 22 dead of knife wounds. 30 year old Joe Garica and 33 year old Arthur Chavez suffer minor stab wounds. The attacks are retribution for the murder of Rudy Cadena.
A.-36 inmate murders occured in behind bars in 1972, 30 of wich are attributed to the Mexican mafia.
B.-[LUCHA] Director Eduardo Aguirre flees to Mexico with $146,000 of the groups funds after a federal audit finds $300,000 in federal funds missing from the groups cofers causing the collapse of the program.
C.-Community concern 'an L.A., based community self help organization,' recieves $ 1 million in federal funds. Ex-convict Rafael 'Chispas' Sandoval a man with ties to Italian organized criminals including Jimmy Coppola is the director. Sandoval also expanded Eme's political ties donating several hundred thousand dollars to Richard Alatorre's campaign for the California assembly.
May 3, 1973
Gilbert Pedro Sanchez, 31 year old eme member is acquitted in Los Angeles Superior Court on charges relating to the murder of Raymond Ochoa in Commerce.
November 11, 1973
Pat Duran a convicted car thief from San Bernardino is stabbed in an exercise yard used by inmates held under protective custody at San Quentin. Duran had expressed concern for his safety after a run in with an eme member.
November 22, 1973
Two San Quentin inmates are stabbed in seperate incidents. Robert Tavluian, 28, from Los Angeles is stabbed in San Quentin's main yard at noon. Tavluian suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest but survived the attack. Thomas Gregory, 34, an inmate from San Francisco died of stab wounds he received in the chow hall breakfast line.
Morgan secures a contract with organized crime figures which provides Eme with a half dozen kilos of pure Mexican heroin in exchange for hits on the streets of Los Angeles. The operation "which runs from Juarez through Tiajuana into Los Angeles, San Franccisco and Sacramento," nets the Mexican Mafia a profit of $60,000 per week wholesale uncut.
November 23, 1975
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala stabs Wallace Williams during a racially motivated brawl pitting a collection of Mexican Mafia and Aryan Brotherhood members, associates and sympathizers against black inmates.
A.-Michael Delia a paroled Eme member sets up Project Get Going. The stated aim of the program is to assist convicts re-adjust to to lving in society. Delia's program is launched by $228,000 worth of government aide.
B.-Joe Morgan is released on parole. He is quickly indicted on federal narcotics charges and flees to Utah.
January 15, 1977
Robert Lewis special assistant to Senator Alex P. Garcia (D-Los Angeles) is gunned down by Eme members. Lewis was tied in with Michael Delia's Project Get Going.
January 16, 1977
Ysidro Trujillo a resident of Project Get Goings halfway house is murdered in Los Angeles by Eddie "The Sailor" Gonzales and Michael Delia.
February 1, 1977
Eme member Gibert Roybal is shot to death in his Fresno home by Alfred "Alfie" Sosa, Daniel "Choco" Montellano and Manuel Torres after announcing his plans to defect from the gang. The hit was ordered by Robert "Robot" Salas.
February 11, 1977
Bruno Chavez an Eme associate is stabbed to death in Glassell Park by Alfred "Alfie" Sosa and Raymond "Huero shy" Shyrock.
February 15, 1977
George "Poyo" Felix is killed in his Rosemead home by Daniel "Choco" Montellano.
February 17, 1977
Michael Delia's wife Ellen is shot to death in Sacramento by Alfred "Alfie" Sosa and Eddie "The Sailor" Gonzales both known Eme hitmen. Delia's murder was ordered by her husband Michael who feared she would expose the illegal affairs of Project Get Going.
February 20, 1977
Eme godfather Robert "Robot" Salas, Alfred "Alfie" Sosa and Armando Varela are arrested in Monterey Park and charged with possession of a concealed weapon. Sosa and Salas are released on bail but Varela remains in custody and begins co-operating in the investigation of the murder of Ellen Delia resulting in the re-arrest and filing of murder charges against Salas for the murders of Gilbert Roybal and Delia. Eddie "The Sailor" Gonzales has also provided information in 9 Eme murders.
March 26, 1977
Alfred "Alfie" Sosa is arrested and charged with the murders of Ellen Delia and Gilbert Roybal. Sosa was apprehended in Tiajuana, Mexico.
April 22, 1977
Alfred "Alfie" Sosa, 33, Michael Anthony Delia, Albert Valles, 33, of Lawndale and Daniel "Choco" Montellano and Raymond "Huero Shy" Shyrock, 25, both of Los Angeles are all indicted by the Los Angeles grad jury for the murders of Robert Mark Lewis, 51, of El Monte and Ysidro Trujillo, an alleged member of La eme. Sosa and Shyrock were also indicted in the murder of Bruno Chavez, 29, in Glassell Park. Valles and Montellano were charged in the deaths of eme member Gilbert Roybal in Fresno and George "Poyo" Felix in Rosemead. Eme member Edward "Sailor Boy" Conzales enter a plea of innocent to charges of heroin possession and being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.
Joe Morgan is captured in Utah, a charge of trafficking firearms is added to the narcotics and fugitive warrants he was facing.
August 26, 1977
Peter Savas, 24, from Orange County F-Troop is shot and killed by tower guards after he ignores a warning shot and continues to stab inmate James Williams, 31, of San Diego in an incident linked to a string of racially charged incidents. Savas was was aided in the attack by Ronald Hendricks, 25, aan inmate with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood.
October 27, 1977
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala ambushes and stabs inmate Richard Christiansen on the high-security exercise yard at San Quentin.
May 15, 1978
Joe Morgan is sentenced to 5 years in state prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and transporting a rifle across state lines. 2 hours later in federal court he is sentenced to serve 2 to 10 years in federal prison for possession of heroin.
Joseph "Red" Morgan.
Based on the testimony of Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza, Morgan is convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an Eme member who fell out of favor.
Daniel Montellano released from jail after posting $100,000 in the Los Angeles murder cases and another $150,000 in the Fresno case.
November 11, 1978
Inmate Thomas Trejo is stabbed to death at the Federal Correctional Institution at Lompoc, California. An tutopsy reveals Trejo suffered 45 stab wounds. Eme kingpin Adolpho "Champ" Reynoso, Pedro Flores and inmate Gouveia are later sentenced to serve life plus 99 years in federal prison.
November 3, 1978
Investigation launched into the relationship of Judge Lenore Schreiber and Daniel Montellano and Robert Salas after it is learned she has put money on the books for both men at the county jail. Montellano had also lent the judge his car on at least one occassion.
Daniel "Choco" Montellano is charged with the murder of 17 year old Jerry Granillo outside of Montellano's Visalia apartment.
February 21, 1980
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala fatally stabs John Casas to death in the shower at Folsolm Prison.
Tito Marines Jr., best friend of Reuben T. Hernandez is found dead in southeast Ontario. Marines murder was believed to have been a paid hit carried out on behalf of Mary Lou Davilla Salazar a known drug dealer.
November 30, 1982
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala stabs Alex Macugay in a high-security section of Soledad State Prison. Macugay was a Nuestra Familia associate.
Alfred Arthur Sandoval [Arizona Maravilla] shoots and kills Gilbert Martinez and Anthony Aceves [Mariana Maravilla] a third victm "Manuel Torres survives the attack.
Ray and Marlene Wells are shot excecution style in their home in Belvedere Park. Alfred Arthur Sandoval [Arizona Maravilla] is charged in these murders.
January 15, 1985
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala is paroled from San Quentin's North Block. Ayala returns to the street a respected member of the Mexican mafia.
April 26, 1985
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala, Hector Juan Ayala and Joseph "Cucuy" Suarez Moreno abduct, rob and murder Dominquez, Zamora and Rositas in an automotive repair business located between Logan and National Avenues in San Diego.
Mary Lou Davilla Salazar, Lourdes Flores and Francisco Delgado Ortiz are found slain in a home on Sunkist Street in Ontario.
Reuben "Tupi" Hernandez high ranking Eme member is arrested in connection with the Ontario murders.
Reuben Tommy "Tupi" Hernandez is sentenced to 3 consecutive life terms plus 16 years in state prison for the murders of Salazar, Flores and Ortiz.
February 10, 1989
Ronaldo Medrano Ayala and his brother Hector Juan Ayala are sentenced to death for the execution style murders of Ernesto 'Cha Cho' Mendez Dominquez, his brother-in-law Marco Zamora-Villa and Jose 'Cucuy' Luis Rositas on April 26, 1985 in San Diego.
Joe "Colorado Red" Ariaz excecutes Daniel Arriaga and Salvador Barrasa on the order of Robert "Robot" Salas in Fontana. Arriaga owed $30,000 in taxes to the Mexican Mafia.
Joe "Colorado Red" Ariaz convicted of one count of first degree murder in the death of Daniel Arriaga the jury failed to reach a verdict on the charge relating to the death of Salvador Barrasa.
Eme soldier Salvador "Mon" Buenrostro is stabbed 26 times in an interview room at the Los Angeles county jail by Benjamin "Topo" Peters and Rene "Boxer" Enriquez. Buenrostro was attacked for causing dissension within the group "he made negative comments about Eme Godfather Joe Morgan."
Joe "Colorado Red" Ariaz sentenced to serve 29 years to life in state prison.
Deputy Edward Roman is stabbed in the Los Angeles county jail by a suspected Eme member armed with the sharpened end of a broom handle. Deputies find a 4-inch metal shank hidden in the rectum of Eme associate Eulalio Martinez. Martinez is later killed for failing to carry out attacks against deputies at the county jail.
American Me a film about Mexican Mafia icons Joe Morgan and Rudy Cadena is released starring and directed by Edward James Olmos. The film offends Morgan and a contract is issued to eliminate Olmos and Eme members who served as advisors on the project.
Charles "Charlie Brown" Manriquez a 53 year old Eme veterano is gunned down while walking through Ramona Gardens. Manriquez had served as an advisor to Olmos during the filming of American Me, authorities recovered an American Me business card from one of his pockets.
May 13, 1992
Ana Lizarraga a Ramona Gardens gang counselor and consultant on the film American Me is gunned down by Jose "Joker" Gilbert Gonzales [Big Hazard] a 29 year old parolee "out less than a month," was apprehended fleeing the scene of the crime.
Jose Uribe is stabbed 37 times in his cell in the high powered wing of the Los Angeles county jail. Jorge Lopez and Joaquin Alvarado committed the murder to curry favor with the Mexican mafia who had labeled Uribe a rata [informant].
March 12, 1993
Regino "The Bull" Deharo south Ontario gang member and recent parolee is captured after a 50 mile televised chase which includes a car jacking and several shots fired from the carjacked vehicle. The event started when Deharo, Robert Garcia and Jesus Ochoa bungled a robbery at a home in Pomona. During the televised chase Deharo wounded officer Roger Matthews.
Mexican mafia emisary David "Smilon" Gallardo [Big Hazard] increases the amount of tax the dudes of Hazard are required to pay as punishment for needlessly harassing customers. His demand is met with resistance from several Hazard gang members particularly Ricardo "Joker" Gonzalez and Humberto "Capone" Madrigal.
October 26, 1993
Eme godfather Joseph "Pegleg" Morgan is diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He is transfered from Pelican to the prison ward at Corcoran.
November 9, 1993
Joe "Pegleg" Morgan dies of liver cancer at the age of 64. Morgan had spent his last days in the prison hospital ward at Corcoran State prison. Benjamin "Topo" Peters replaces Morgan as Eme godfather, Peters is challenged for control of the group by Reuben "Tupi" Hernandez.
December 3, 1993
Ricardo "Rascal" Gonzalez found stabbed to death in the Ramona Gardens housing project next to Smokey's wall.
Humberto "Capone" Madrigal is severely wounded near the Ramona Gardens housing project. Madrigal initially identifies Smilon Gallardo as his assailant but later retracts his statement.
Gallardo and associate Juan "China Boy" Arias engage in a gun battle with Ricardo "Richie" and Eduardo "Lalo" Soriano. Both Soriano brothers were severely wounded and Arias suffered a wound to his hand.
Ernest "Chuco" Castro [Vario Nuevo Estrada] a feared Eme assassin begins cooperating with authorities leading to the arrest of 21 Eme members later in the year.
A.-Eme Godfather Benjamin "Topo" Peters ends the conflict between Gallardo and Big Hazard arranging a peace agreement which led to Gallardo's removal of the Green light on Big Hazard in appreciation for Joker Gonzalez's murder of Anna Lizarraga. Rascal Gonzalez was Joker's brother.
B.-Assisted by Ernest "Chuco" Castro, 12 Eme members are arrested at the La Mirada Holiday Inn.
April 22 1995
Eme defector Anthony Moreno and 4 other members of his family are killed by Richard Valdez, Jose Ortiz, Daniel Logan and Jimmy Palma on the order of Raymond "Huero Shy" Shyrock and Luis "Big Homie" Maciel.
The late "Topo" Peters
May 1, 1995
22 members and associates of the Mexican Mafia are indicted on RICO charges. Benjamin "Topo" Peters [El Hoyo Soto], Reuben "Tupi" Hernandez [Ontario Black Angeles], Raymond "Huero Shy" Shyrock [El Hoyo Soto], Michael "Musclehead" Salinas [Orange County], David "Smilon" Gallardo [Big Hazard], Sammy "Negro" Villalba, Richard "Ricky" Guitierez, Juan "China Boy" Arias, Alex "Pee Weee" Aguirre [Avenues gang], Antonio "Tonito" Rodriquez, Ronald Ray "Champ" Mendez [Orange County], Randy "Cowboy" Therrien [Bassett], Daniel "Black Dan" Barela, Jesse "Pelon" Moreno, Victor "Victorio" Murillo [Salinas], Joe "Shakey" Hernandez, Reuben "Night Owl" Castro [18th Street], George Bustamante [associate] are amoung the indicted.
June 6, 1995
Benjamin "Topo" Peters and Reuben "Tupi" Hernandez plead not guilty in the indictment which is known as the Mexican Mafia case.
September 21, 1995
Vincent Castro Caldera an Eme associate [anserwing to Alex "Pee Wee" Aguirre] and leader of the Avenue's gang is arrested in the murder of 3 year Stephanie Kuhen. Her family had taken a wrong turn down a Los Angeles street and was caught in a barage of gang gunfire. Avenue's gang members Anthony Rodriquez, Manuel Rosales and Hugo Gomez are also held.
October 20, 1995
San Bernardino Eme representative Phillip "Chano" Chavez [MVR] his cousin Patricio Rocha and Margie Martinez are shot to death by Ernie "Leche" Carillo [Mt. Vernon counts]in retaliation for Chano's ordering the death of his nephew Michael Carillo. Michael Carillo had failed to deliver on a promise he had while incarcerated.
November 24, 1995
Ernie Joe "Leche" Carillo Sr., is murdered in retaliation for the slaying of Eme member Phillip "Chano" Chavez and two of his relatives the previous month.
December 27, 1995
Ignacio "Toby" and David Villa and Cathy Estrada "Ignacio's wife," for the murders of Armando Castillo and Gilbert Hernandez. Their bodies were found May 9 in an alley in the 600 block of State street in Upland, California.
November 20, 1996
13 of the orginal 22 indicted in the Mexican mafia case go to trial.
December 22, 1996
Former Eme hitman Johnny Torres enters testimony regarding the rules and regulations emposed on its members by the Mexican mafia.
March 23, 1997
Ennis Cosby is found dead beside his car near the Los Angeles freeway. Mikhael Markhasev a self described Mexican mafia member is arrested.
March 23, 1997
Chief prosecution witness Ernnest "Chuco" Castro [Vario Nuevo Estrada] wraps up his testimony in the Eme trial.
April 28, 1997
Defense attorney's rebut the governments case calling the Mexican Mafia disorganized crime.
Salvador Buenrostro appears as a defense witness in the Mexican mafia trial. Buenrostro an inmate at Pelican Bay testifies that his stabbing at the Los Angeles county jail by Topo Peters and Boxer Enriquez steemed from a personal dispute not gang politics.
May 29, 1997
Victor "Victorio" Murillo is acquitted of all charges in the Mexican Mafia case. Benjamin "Topo" Peters, Reuben "Tupi" Hernandez, Alex "Pee Wee" Aguirre, "Shakey Joe" Hernandez, Daniel "Black Dan" Barela, Raymond "Huero Shy" Shyrock, David "Smilon" Gallardo, Juan "China Boy" Arias, Reuben "Night Owl" Castro, Randy "Cowboy" Therrien, Raymond "Champ" Mendez and Jesse "Pelon" Moreno are all convicted.
June 3, 1997
Hugo Gomez, Manuel Rosales and Anthony Rodriquez are convicted of murdering 3 year old Stephanie Kuhen.
June 11, 1997
Richard Anthony Valdez and Jimmy Palma are sentenced to death for the murder of Anthony and Maria Moreno, Gustavo Aguirre and Ambrose Padilla on April 22, 1995. Daniel Logan and Jose Ortiz were sentenced to 129 years to life earlier for their parts in the murders.
July 3, 1997
Marcos Antonio Luna enters a guilty plea in the death of Stephanie Kuhen.
July 12, 1997
Placentia resident Paul Fix is shot to death during a robbery by Eme member Robert "Gypsy" Cervantes.
August 2, 1997
Hugo David Gomez, Anthony Gabriel Rodriquez and Manuel Rosales Jr., are sentenced to 54 years and 8 months to life in prison for the Kuhen death.
August 29, 1997
18 year old Avenues gang member Augustin Lizama is setenced to life in prison for his role in the death of Stephanie Kuhen.
September 2, 1997
David "Smilon" Gallardo and Randy " Cowboy" Therrien are sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Gallardo received and additional 300 months in addition to the life sentence.
September 3, 1997
Benjamin "Topo" Peters, Raymond "Huero Shy" Shyrock, Reuben "Night Owl" Castro are sentenced to life in prison without parole. Juan "China Boy" Arias (27) is sentenced to 32 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew stated he was giving Arias a break due to his youth. Judge Lew later sentenced Reuben "Tupi" Hernandez to his fourth life term. Drawing the sentence were Daniel "black Dan" Barela and Jesse "Pelon" Moreno. "Shakey" Joe Hernandez received a 32 year federal term.
September 5, 1997
Judge Lew sentences Raymond "Champ" Mendez and Alex "Pee Wee" Aguirre to life sentences.
September 12, 1997
A San Diego drug ring run by incarcerated Mexican Mafia Frank "Chino" Macias Madriaga is broken up National City police.
September 27, 1997
Eme associate Reuben Gomez is charged with robbery and six counts of murder committed within five months of his release from Pelican Bay State prison. Gomez had been in custody since his capture on July 2 after a failed home invasion robbery. All of the murders were committed against drug dealers who had balked or fallen behind in their tax payments to the Mexican mafia. Arturo "Shady" Grajeda an accomplice in two of the murders remained at large.
Jimmy "Character" Palma is stabbed to death on Death Row by fellow inmates.
January 7, 1998
Luis "Pelon" Maciel is sentenced to death for ordering the murder of Anthony "Dido" Moreno and 4 other members of his family.
April 4, 1998
Victor "Victorio" Murillo is shot dead in a parking lot in Visalia by Eme member Charles "Chacho" Woody.
May 1, 1998
7 year old Mindy Flores is gunned down in her living room as shots intended for her sisters boyfriend Armando Ibarra go astray. Ibarra was under suspicion of providing information against an incarcerated Eme member. A green light was issued okaying his death.
November 19, 1998
Richard Serrano, Jose Gutierrez and Enrique Delgadillo were shot to death on the order of Mariano "Chuy" Martinez in a Montebello autoshop.
January 7, 1999
Michael Hutto [Little Counts Gang] is shot as he stood in the doorway of a home in Colton. Edward and Anthony Hernandez [Northside Colton] are named as the prime suspects. Hutto was green lighted by the Mexican Mafia after shortchanging them in a drug deal. Northside Colton answers to Eme shotcaller Mark Robert Quiroz aka "Turtle".
January 10, 1999
Arthur Daniel Flores [Northside Colton]and Joseph Caldera [Northside Colton] are found shot to death within two blocks of one another on Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino. Brothers Edward and Anthony Hernandez are named as the prime suspects. Arthur Flores was killed hours after he was taken into custody for questioning in the shooting of Hutto.
January 19, 1999
Edward and Anthony Hernandez are sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences in state prison for three murders.
February 2, 1999
16 members of the Mexican mafia are arrested in a predawn sweep. Cheif amoung those arrested were Frank "Sapo" Fernandez [Palmdale], Jesse "Shady" Detevis [South Gate], Juan "Topo" Garcia, Marcel "Psycho" Arevalo, Daniel "Sporty" Bravo [all of Los Angeles] David Contreras Gonzalez [Reseda] and James "Drak" Maxon [Los Angeles] and Jesus "Dreamer" Ramirez [Los Angeles] eluded arrest in the raid.
July 1, 1999
United States Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas announces a third federal indictment aimed at the Mexican Mafia. Javier Duarte, Gerardo "Blanco" Jacobo, Adrian Nieto, Sally Peters [wife of Eme godfather Benjamin Peters], Suzanne Schoenberg [wife of Eme member James "Smokey" Sanchez], Crispin "Conejo" Alvidrez, Fernando "Cuate" Alvidrez, Mario "Whisper" Castillo, Rolando "Rolo" Ontiveros, Dominick "Solo" Gonzalez, Margaret Farrell, Veronica Rodriquez, Guadalupe Juarez, Carlos "Cheeks" Aguilar, Reuben "Toker" Rojas and Joe "Inch" Annet are all named in this round.
September 1, 1999
Isaac Aguirre and Vincente Meza and Jesse "Jess Dog aka Worm" Chavez [Sur Crazy Ones] are arrested for the murder of Mindy Flores and the attempted murder of Armando Ibarra. .
November 19, 1999
Ricardo Cruz "described as an Eme wannabe," is sentenced to 28 years to life for the murder of Rudy Saenz in Coachella. .
February 21, 2000
The Mexican mafia organizes a riot in Pelican Bay which pits it's southern allies against black inmates.
April 13, 2000
Frank "Chino" Madriaga is convicted of drug and extortion charges.
July 9, 2000
Seventh Street gang leader Johnny Agudo and his brother Gilbert are among 4 homicide victims gunned down by fellow Mexican mafia associates. The murders were reportedly ordered by Inland Empire Eme representative Salvador Orozco Hernandez in retaliation for Agudo reportedly telling police about Hernandez's drug dealing activities. The murders came three days after Agudo had been released from prison. Other sources claim Agudo arrived with orders to takeover the Inland Empire drug trade from the Hernandez brothers who themselves had fallen under the suspicion of imprisoned prison gang leaders for dealing with law enforcement and pocketing a portion of the tax money to be sent up the ladder.
July 17, 2000
Frank Macias Madriaga "Chino" is sentenced to 29 years and four months.
Septembr 8, 2000
SAN BERNARDINO - 11 members and associates of the Mexican mafia are arrested in the Inland Empire. Antonio Hernandez, Santos Hernandez, Adolph Moraga, Sadie Ramirez, Judy Alvarado, Paul Flores, Monica Rodriquez, Alfredo Valdez, Raul Ramirez, Alfonzo Aguila and Danny Hanks are charged with operating a drug ring with connections to a Mexican cartel.
October 6, 2000
Alfred Arthur Sandoval the highest ranking Eme member on Death Row in California has his death sentence for the murder of Marlene Wells overturned by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
October 24, 2000
Frank "Sapo" Fernandez, Jimmy "Drak" Sanchez, Robert Cervantes, Dominick "Solo" Gonzalez, Roy "Spider" Gavaldon, Sally Peters, Susanne Schoenberg, Juan "Topo" are convicted of racketeering. Adrian Nieto was acquitted of three counts of concpiracy to commit murder and one count of racketeering. Mariano "Chuy" Martinez Varrio Nuevo Estrada was tried seperately as he faced a possible death sentence for his involvement in the crimes detailed in the indictment.
November 26, 2000
The racketeering trial of Mariano "Chuy" Martinez begins in Los Angeles federal court.
January 6, 2001
Robert "Gypsy" Cervantes and David Gonzales Contreras are sentenced to life in federal prison without parole for murder and racketeering.
January 7, 2001
Robert "Gypsy" Cervantes [Arta 13]is ordered moved from state prison to a federal facility to break his influence in the Mexican Mafia.
Benjamin "Topo" Peters dies of cancer at the age of 60. Once viewed as the sucessor to Joe Morgan as the Eme godfather, Peters had warned CDC staff that he was a target for assault by Eme members due to his illness and inability to function as an active member.
February 8, 2001
Petra Celia Gonzales [wife of Eme leader Fred "Sapo" Gonzales and mother of Dominique "Nick" Gonzales convicted Eme associate] arrested as the head of a mail fraud ring from her Palmdale home.
February 15, 2001
Mariano "Chuy" Martinez is convcited of racketeering charges after 26 days of deliberation by the jury.
Michael "Hacha" Ison is beaten to death outside a pool hall near San Francisco's skid row.
March 29, 2001
A.-Anthony Angulo and Ricky Camacho are convicted of killing Genaro Martinez. Martinez "the brother of a high ranking Eme member Eulalio "Lalo" Martinez," was shot in the back on April 25, 2000.
B.-First degree murder charges were filed against Jose Luis "Clever" Sanchez an Eme member from Los Angeles for his role in planning a riot at Pelican Bay which pitted southern Latino inmates against black prisoners. Miguel "Sharky" Sanchez "also from Los Angeles," was killed when a correctional officer opened fire on the rioting inmates on February 23, 2001. 28 inmates were injured in the riot three of which suffered gunshot wounds. The riot was ordered by Eme legend Alfred "Alfie" Sosa and Eulalio "Lalo" Martinez.
April 30, 2001
Catarino "Termite" Gonzalez Jr., [18th Street] goes on trial for the murder of LAPD officer Filbert Cuesta on August 9, 1998.
November 26, 2001
John "Stranger" Turscak [Rockwoood gang] former street general turned FBI informant is sentenced to 30 years in prison for crimes committed while he was an FBI informant.
November 28, 2001
Eme associated gang members ambush three L.A. county sheriff's deputies in the Inmate Reception Center downtown Los Angeles.
December 10, 2001
Inmate Antonio Haro slashes the kneck of deputy Chris Varela at the inmate reception center in Los Angeles. The attack was ordered by the Mexican mafia in response to a crack down by jail officials who became suspicious of a large number of high ranking Eme leaders called as character witnesses in a court case in Los Angeles.
March 21, 2002
Racketeering trial of Frank "Pancho Villa" Martinez mexican mafia member and shotcaller for the Columbia lil' cycos clique of the 18th street gang begins.
March 22, 2002
Rene "Boxer" Enriquez (Arta) agrees to debrief effectively ending his reign as one of Eme's feared and respected leaders.
June 9, 2002
Mariano "Chuy" Martinez is sentenced to life without parole plus 130 years in federal prison for his role in directing the Mexican mafia's activity in Los Angeles on behalf of godfather Benjamin "Topo" Peters.
December 13, 2002
Anthony 'Coco' Zaragoza 18th street Cls shotcaller is sentenced to life in federal prison.
January 2, 2003
Jesus "Gizmo" Rochin former #3 man in Chuy Martinez's crew is sentenced to 12 years in prison for racketeering, attempted murder, assault and narcotics conspiracy. Rochin became a prosecution witness to avoid a life term.
February 4, 2003
Francisco 'Puppet' Martinez is sentenced to life in prison plus 60 years after being convicted of running the Columbia lil cycos clique a branch of the 18th street gang that runs McArthur Park in Los Angeles.
February 19, 2003
Max "Mono" Torvisco is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison as part of a plea agreement in the Chuy Martinez case. Torvisco will have to serve 85% of his time before becoming parole eligible.
January 28, 2004
Sergio Pulido Perez, 47; Leonard Parmer, 19; Denise Ortega, 27; Pamela Thompson, 39; Jaime Lopez Jr., 27; Julio Contreras, 24; Arthur Genaro Torres, 46; and Christina Montano, 24 enter not guilty pleas in connection with the San Diego Marquez Mexican mafia case.
June 08, 2004
Ricardo "Rock" Marquez 36, of La Mesa pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 33,000 tablets of ecstasy drug and possessing an unregistered automatic rifle. Authorities charged Marquez "the brother of imprisoned Eme liason Alberto "Bat" Maruez," with participating in a ring with smuggled ecstasy from the Netherlands through Mexico into the United States in conjunction with the Arrellano Felix drug cartel.
August 20, 2004
Avenues gang members Gilbert Saldana, Merced Cambrero, Alexjandro Martinez and Fernando Cazares are charged with federal weapons and civil rights violations in the death of Kenneth Kurry Wilson.
December 20, 2004
An investigation looking into the financial dealings of the Mexican Mafia is launched after San Diego Eme leader Frank Macias "Chino" Madriaga amasses $40,000 in his inmate account a portion of which he shared with Eme leaders at Pelican Bay.
January 20, 2005
POMONA---County Line Mafia gang members Henry Valle, 18, and Narisco Perez, 18, are found shot to death in a minivan in the 4200 block of Los Serranos Boulevard in Chino Hills. Valle had mistakenly burglarized a home connected to Daryl "DC" Castrejon a Mexican Mafia shot-caller with ties to Pomona's 12th Street gang.
POMONA---Victor Marez, a 22 year old member of the County Line Mafia gang is linked to the murders of Henry Valle and Narisco Perez after a gun found in his possession proved to be the weapon used to kill Valle and Narisco. Marez was placed near the crime scene by cell phone tower records.
June 15, 2005
Peter "Sana" Ojeda, Marco Diaz, Jose Becerra, Rafael Torres, David Melgoza Jr., Anthony Lebron, Ramon Meza Jr., Oscar Ruiz, Mario Saucedo, Orlando Alvarado, Freddie Ojeda, Jose Arvizu, Ismael Esquivel, Frank Nerida, Abraham Magallon, David Trujillo, Freddie Luevano, Abel Azevedo, Robert Cervantes, Jose Martinez, Sandra Flores, Arthur Duran, Robert Ocampo, Lawrence Morales, Joseph Castro, Long Nguyen and Mia Rodriquez are named in the first of a two part indictment charging members of the Ojeda organization with violation of the RICO act. The second portion of the indictment named Octavio Valenzuela, Francisco Rodriquez, Eddie Armenta, Juan Holguin, Francisco Amaya, Mario Jiminez and Rogelio Cardenas all members of the West Myrtle Street gang with conspiracy for selling crack cocaine, methamphetamine and acting as enforcers for the Mexican Mafia.
January 17, 2006
SAN DIEGO ---- Roberto Ramiro Marin 57, is sentenced to serve a prison term after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and gang allegations. The gang allegations centered around his role in the distribution ring headed by Jose Alberto (Bat) Marquez. Marquez is serving a prison sentence at a high security prison in Mexico city.
August 02, 2006
Arthur Torres 48, and Julio Contreras 26, received life sentences and Francisco Gongora 39, received 28 years in San Diego Superior court for there role in a kidnapping plot involving the Mexican Mafia.
August 14, 2006
Jose Becerra pled guilty in connection with the Ojeda organization. The 38 year old resident of Placentia was one of two highly ranked lieutenants in charge of overseeing the groups operation.
September 6, 2006
SAN BERNARDINO --- Ronald Jaramillo,35, and Elizabeth Amaya, 30, are shot to death at 40th Street and First Avenue, an unincorporated area north of San Bernardino.
September 13, 2006
A federal indictment is announced charging Reuben "Night Owl" aka "Teco" Castro with participating in a RICO Conspiracy and engaging in narcotics trafficking from his cell at Colorado's Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Others named in the indictment include Mervyn Nelson Sanchez "Chivo" 35, Araceli Bravo "Travieso" 33 of Los Angeles, Michael Pineda "Mousie" 28 of North Hollywood, Jose Juan Alvarez "Wicked" 29 of Los Angeles, Efrain Ruiz Torres "Dandy Boy" 34 of Temple City, Jose Morales Perez "Toro" 26, of Los Angeles, Melida Flores "La Dona" 48, of Palmdale, Juan Morales Montes "Manuel" 38 of El Monte, Marlon David Penate 29, of Los Angeles, Jorge Sanchez Monroy "Chino" 33, of Los Angeles, Elvin Ambrocio "Woody" 36, an inmate serving time for illegal re-entry, Ronaldo Cruz "Casper" 34, an inmate serving time for illegal re-entry after deportation, Luis Castro 42, of Los Angeles, Jesusita Ramirez "Jesusita Castro" aka "Susie" 62, Noe Chavez "Lil Duster" 23, of Los Angeles, Juana Fuentes "Mari" 24, of Los Angeles and Edwin Schaad "Chaparro" 41, of Los Angeles. C
October 3, 2006
Marco Diaz pled guilty to federal charges, admitting that he conspired with others to violate federal racketeering laws. The 33 year old Santa Anna man was one of two key lieutenants in an organization led by 64 year old Peter "Sanja" Ojeda.
December 12, 2006
43 members and associates of the Mexican Mafia are arrested and charged with conspiracy by San Bernardino law enforcement authorities. The bust is considered a considerable strike because it brings to light the connection between the Mexican Mafia, local street gangs and members of the San Manuel Indian Tribe. Salvador "Toro" Hernandez, 42, of Fontana and Alfred Hernandez, 38, also of Fontana, San Bernardino residents Eric Barajas, 34, Stacy Barajas, 24, Erlindo Honesto, 30, Geahetta Amaya, 48, and Arturo Ortiz, 30 are also charged. The Barajas's are members of the San Manuel tribe.
Peter "Sana" Ojeda
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|January 29, 2007
SAN BERNARDINO ---San Bernardino gang member and Mexican Mafia enforcer Juan Joaquin Luque, is charged with the murders of Ronald Jaramillo and Elizabeth Amaya in September 2006.
Jose Chavez Huerta, 42, of Thermal, suspected of being the highest-ranking member of La Eme in the Coachella Valley is charged with racketeering in connection with Operation Cleanhouse in the Coachella Valley. Of those arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics and other counts, only Tony Rodriguez, 36, of Indio escaped capture. Rodriguez, was considered a fugitive and was suspected of being La Eme's second-highest-raking member in the Coachella Valley. Agents also arrested Jovita Aguirre, 75, of Pico Rivera, who is the mother of Richard Aguirre, a Mexican Mafia member serving a life term in state prison. Jovita Aguirre is suspected of collecting "taxes" and relaying messages to her son. Also arrested were Rodolfo Baldemar Zuñiga, 26, of Thermal; Chris Huerta, 24, of Thermal; Maria Carmen Huerta, 28, of Thermal, the wife of Jose Chavez Huerta; Chad Wayne Baringer, 32; Joe Huerta, 27, of Coachella; Ernest Julian Sanchez, 37; Alicia Rodriguez, 35, of Montclair; James Angle, 31, of Coachella; Oscar Bustos, 32; Juan Carlos Rosas; and Franchesca Martina Ochoa, 29, of Thermal.
August 30, 2007
The San Diego grand jury hands down a 46 count indictment charging 23 members of the Mexican mafia in Operation Gangland. Richard Buchanan, suspected leader in Imperial County was arrested in San Diego, as was Ruby Jacqueline Mendez. The alleged Imperial County leader, Patrick Ralph Ponce was arrested at his girlfriend’s house. His brother Max Jr. was also taken into custody. Other El Centro arrests included Eden Portugal Macias, Judy Ann Huerta, Mark Villasenor, Juan Antonio Hornback, Anthony Gabriel Valles and Jose Luis Espinoza. Arrested in Calexico were Raul Antonio Cruz, Jaime Perez, Gerardo Robles, Raul Vega Mejia, David Pael Martinez, Refugio Castellanos Servin, Jorge Cuevas Mendoza and Victor Ruby. Manuel Solarez was arrested in Brawley. Luis Hector Munoz Jr. and Antonio Padilla were taken into custody in Holtville. Jose Zepeda was arrested in Calipatria and Juan Carlos Cordero taken into custody in Heber. The organization apparently used the City Cab Company as their phantom business to launder their drug money. All face life sentences, if convicted on the charges. The charges ranged from extortion, to firearms to narcotics sales to assaults and solicitations for murder.
December 05, 2007
18 Mexican mafia associates in La Puente are charged in connection with the murder of Robert Whitehead. Maria Dolores Llantada, 43, of La Puente; George Bravo, 40; David Shahagun, 26; Yvonne Montes, 30; and Angelita Martinez, 30, were arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court before Commissioner Henry J. Hall. Llantada ran the gang's day-to-day activities in parts of La Puente and Norwalk and nearby areas in place of her husband Jacques "Jocko" Padilla, who is serving a life sentence at Corcoran. Llantada allegedly ordered a hit on Rafael Gonzalez-Munoz as part of a feud between Mexican Mafia members in state and federal prisons
December 27, 2007
18 Mexican mafia shot caller Eulalio "Lalo" Martinez 46, is ordered to stand trial for odering the murder of Donald "Pato" Schubert of Lomas Rosemead. The primary witness in the case is former Lomas Rosemead member Dnaiel Ahumada.
June 05, 2008
SAN DIEGO---Imprisoned Mexican mafia leader Jose Alberto "Bat" Marquez, Julia Morones, Maria "Kika" Madriaga, Brian Mark "Dusty" Smith, Juan Manuel "Manny" Velarde, Marco Corrado, Ruben Santos, Rolando "Rolo" Montemayor and Jorge Lopez-Herrera aka Pedro Bombas are indicted in federal court. The indictment charges that the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine. Mari "Scorpion" Bejar was also charged with aiding and abetting the other defendants in the commission of their crimes. Authorities charge Marquez with orchastrating a methamphetamine deal 3 months after authorities extradited him from a Mexico city maximum security prison and lodged him in an federal facility near San Diego. All the defendants used their ties and influence over San Diego street gangs "South Side Mob, Logan Heights Red Steps, Shelltown and Del Sol," to further their criminal caper.
August 7, 2008
FEDERAL--- Mexican Mafia Ruben "Night Owl" Castro accused of running Los Angeles street gangs from behind bars asked to withdraw his guilty plea to federal charges. Ruben Castro told a Los Angeles federal judge that he "made a big mistake" when he entered the guilty pleas to racketeering and conspiracy to sell cocaine. The 48-year-old was set to be sentenced and could have received 27 years in prison. Arguments on his plea change will be heard in October. Prosecutors charged that Castro ran two branches of a drug-dealing Los Angeles street gang from behind bars while serving a life sentence in Colorado for a 1997 racketeering conviction...
August 12, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO--- A jury ordered the death penalty for two gang members Luis "Maldito" Mendoza and Lorenzo Arias in the Dead Presidents case. They are set to be sentenced Sept. 10. Mendoza and Arias, both members of the 7th Street Locos had grown up with the victims and were carrying out an order by members of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. The case was viewed as an example of how Mexican Mafia influence has forced some Latino street gangs to turn on their own members.
August 15, 2008
SAN DIEGO ---- Mexican Mafia member Juvenal Vega-Soto, 52, was sentenced Thursday to a life prison term for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Vega-Soto was one of 35 people convicted in the conspiracy, which involved two murders, extortion, robberies and narcotics trafficking. Seven other defendants were sentenced to life terms in March, and the kingpin is set to be sentenced in October. Vega-Soto was convicted by a jury in April after being extradited from Mexico..
August 28, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO ---- Mexican Mafia leaders Salvador Orozco Hernandez, 43, and his brother Alfred Hernandez is sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy case. Both pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder with a gang enhancement. Alfred Hernandez will serve 2 years of a possible six year term for his role in the Eme case tried in San Bernardino.
September 09, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO ---- San Bernardino Seventh Street gang leaders Luis Mendoza and Lorenzo Arias receive the death penalty for the murders of 4 fellow gang members in July 2004. The murders were committed on the order of Inland Empire shotcaller Salvador Orozco Hernandez. (Case detailed under July 9, 2000)
Luis 'Maldito' Mendoza & Lorenzo Arias at sentencing.
September 11, 2008
POMONA ---- Eme members Ricardo Polanco 26, and Arthur Garcia 37, received sentences of 50 and 55 years to life for the murder of Frankie "Frankie B" Buelna in 2005. Buelna was green lighted by longtime Eme enforcer Darryl Castrejon for collecting taxes in his area without authorization. Castrejon is scheduled to appear in court September 24 in Pomona.
September 17, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO ---- Janette V. Amaya 51, a tax collector for Inland Empire shotcaller Salvador Orozco Hernandez receives a six year prison term after pleading no contest to a charge of transporting heroin for sale. Amaya also pled no contest to charges of violating probation in cases involving real-estate fraud and drug transportation. Amaya was convicted of the special circumstance of being a gang member and was alledged to have "recruited females to run guns and drugs and do other business for the Mexican Mafia.
September 24, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO ---- Leonard Epps, 37, victim of a plot initiated by San Manuel tribe members Stacy Nunez-Barajas 35, and Erik Barajas 25, "confirmed members of the 7th street gang," filed a $50 million dollar law suit alleging conspiracy to commit murder, negligence and intentional infliction of mental distress. Mexican mafia leaders Salvador Hernandez, 43, and Alfred Hernandez, 39 and eme associates Jennifer Murphy 27, and Jesus Leyva, 34 were named as co-defendants.
S. Hernandez, A. Hernandez, Nunez-Barajas & Erik Barajas.
October 2, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO ---- Albert Angel "Spanky" Amaya, 40 a reputed tax collector for Emero Salvador Hernandez is sentenced to serve a mandatory 25 years to life sentence under the three stikes law. Amaya was convicted of extortion and carjacking resulting from a 2006 incident involving Javier Joaquin Luique, 33 a suspect in a 2006 double homicide. Luque received 32 years on the carjacking charge and faces the death penalty in the seperate homicide case.
November 5, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO ---- Stacy Cheyenne Nunez-Barajas, 26, was sentenced to one year electronic monitoring and her brother Eric Barajas, 36, received six months electronic monitoring for their roles in a series of crims involving the Mexican Mafia and its role in the Southern California methamphetamine trade. Stacy Nunez-Brarajas faced a possible 27 years in prison for her role in the conspiracy.
November 18, 2008
LOS ANGELES ---- Ruben "Nite Owl" Castro, 48, was sentenced to an additional 27 years and 3 months in federal prison after admitting to running a criminal enterprise from his maximum security cell in Florence, Colorado. Castro a veterano from 18th street, used his influence to enforce tax payments on drug, fruit and ice cream sales as well as chess players at tables in McArthur Park. Castro is already serving three life sentences after a 1997 conviction on racketeering and conspiracy.
December 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES---- Nine leaders of the 18th Street gang are named in a suit filed by Los Angeles city attorney Rock Delgadillo demanding civil damages on behalf of residents of two Los Angeles neighborhoods. According to the suit, proceeds from the suit "if successful," would be returned to the neighborhoods in question: The leaders named in the suit are Sergio "Tricky" Pantoja, Frank "Puppet" Martinez, Araceli "Traviesa" Bravo, Michael "Mousie" Pineda, Jose Juan "Wicked" Alvarez, Noe "Lil Duster" Chavez, Efrain "Dandy Boy" Ruiz Torres, Jose "Toro" Morales Perez and Ruben "Nite Owl" Castro. Castro, 46, is a leading figure in the Mexican Mafia, controlling two of the cliques associated with the 18th Street gang -- the Shatto Park Locos and the Hoover Locos. Castro was recently sentenced on charges of having run those gang cliques from the federal maximum-security prison in Florence Colorado, where he is serving multiple life terms. He was sentenced November 18 to serve an additional 27 years and three months for racketeering. Frank "Puppet" Martinez is another La Eme carnal, is alleged to have brought as much as $40,000 a month from criminal activity. Authorities confiscated a stash in excess of $440,000 from the home of one of Martinez's relatives which was collected in connection with 18th street gang criminal dealings.
January 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES---- Ten members from Florencia 13 are convicted on multiple counts of drug and weapons charges. The case featured several news accounts of Florencia 13 gang members targeting blacks in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood on the order of Arturo "AC" Castellanos. According to prosecutors, Florencia members began an ethnic cleansing process after receiving the order from Castellanos in 2004. The race based order is just one of many which filtered from the California prison system in the aftermath of the 1992 gang truce and L.A., riots.
January 16, 2009
SAN DIEGO---- Raul Leon, one of the most highly regarded members of the Mexican Mafia from the San Diego area was sentenced in federal court to life without parole by U.S. District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw. Already serving a life sentence for murder, Leon pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with a 2006 federal indictment charging 36 members of La Eme with various crimes. Part of Leon's plea agreement includes an admission from Leon that he took part in the 2002 murder of Jabila Barragan at High Desert State Prison in Susanville. He also admitted being a member of the Mexican Mafia and conspiring to distribute drugs and launder money from Pelican Bay State Prison.
January 17, 2009
POMONA---- Julio Ponce Felix Jr., 35, was sentenced to 85 years to life for his role in the murder of Frankie Buelna. Police interrupted the plot the plot in 2005. Buelna was killed in an unrelated shooting a year later over unauthorized criminal activity in another Mexican mafia members territory.
January 27, 2009
POMONA---- Daryl Castrejon., 49, failed to appear at a court hearing in Pomona Superior Court for the first time in three years. It was initially believed that Castrejon had been arrested on a cold case murder January 24 but check with local and federal authorities found this to have been a matter of speculation. Speculation ran wild as to the whereabouts of the eme veterano yet nothing concrete.
Darryl "DC" Castrejon.
February 13, 2009
SAN DIEGO---- Mauricio "Psycho" Mendez, Ernest "Criminal" Soqui, Phillip "Chino" McMillen, Arcadio "Mugsy" Nieto, Ruben "Espanto" Rivas, Garrett "Chino" Estock, Ernest "Dopey" Lampley, Rosario "Chaio" Mercado, Melvin "Casper" Berg, Rodolfo "Crazy" Lopez, Gerardo "Pirate aka Looney" Canela, Eduardo "Funny" Macias, Jorge "Blue" Lerma-Duenas and Jesus Rodriquez were named in an indictment charging them with being employed by and associating with the Mexican Mafia and each other under Title 18 violations in San Diego and Union city. Others charged under Operation Keys to the City were Ruben Gonzalez, Kevin Smith, Alberto Vasquez, Jimmy Nava, David Garcia, Edgar Garcia, Edward Sambrano, James Isales, Penny Duc, Jose Placencia, Lance Agundez, Roxanne Rodriquez, Jose Arteaga Gonzalez, Ismael Fonseca, Richard Ortiz, Jack Edward Harrison, Travis Chelberg, Valentinio Valladares, Charles Richey, Sorina Contreras, Daniel Durland and Cynthia Marquez.
March 08, 2009
SANTA BARBARA---- Alleged Emero Luis Gabriel Rio-Sosa is found guilty of murder in a case involving Frank "Pancho" Tracadero 60, in September 2006 in Ventura County.
May 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES---- Maria "Chata" Leon, 45, the matriarch of the Avenues "Drew Street" clique is sentenced to 8 years in federal prison and ordered deported immediately upon release. Leon pled guilty to two counts charging racketeering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine earlier this year. In addition to the 100 month prison term, conditions of Leon's probation included four years of supervised release and deportation. The terms and conditions which are to be met include a prohibition forbidding her from wearing or displaying gang related paraphernalia or making signs or gestures affiliated with the Drew Street clique or Avenues gang. Leon is the mother of six Avenues gang members including Daniel Leon who was shot and killed in a confrontation with undercover LAPD officers in February 2008, has an arrest record with 14 entries and two prior deportations. Leon and her family moved to Victorville where they started an off-shoot organization affiliated with the Avenues gang.
Maria "Chata" Leon .
May 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES---1,400 law enforcement officers concluded an investigation known as Operation Knockout conducted by the Los Angeles High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) by sweeping through an area of the city occupied by the Hawaiian Gardens gang for more than 50 years. 88 people were arrested on state and federal charges related to the gangs activities which include several racially motivated shootings and the 2007 murder of Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Jerry Ortiz. Varrio Hawaiian Gardens has a longtime connection to the Mexican Mafia having been the original affiliation of alleged Eme founder Luis "Huero Buff" Flores.
LOS ANGELES---Operation Knockout case break down. United States vs. Flores, et al., the racketeering indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on May 6. This indictment charges 57 defendants. Out of the 57 defendants in this indictment, 21 are already in custody and 36 were subject to arrest.
United States vs. Henley, et al., which was indicted on April 8. This case charged 20 defendants linked to the Hawaiian Gardens gang, 13 of whom were subject to arrest, in a scheme to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Four of the defendants in this case were already in custody. Three of the defendants had yet to be identified at the time of the indictment.
United States vs. Barajas, et al., charged 20 defendants in a superseding indictment returned April8. In this case, two defendants were already in custody and five defendants, three of whom were believed to have been in Mexico, had not been fully identified. Therefore 13 of the defendants in this narcotics case were subject to arrest.
United States vs. Sotelo, et al., was indicted on April 29. This indictment charges 21 members of several street gangs, two of whom were already in custody and two of whom had not been fully identified, in a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Seventeen defendants in this indictment were subject to arrest.
United States vs. Ramirez, et al., a 29-defendant indictment returned on May 14 and charges members and associates of a Paramount based gang. Out of the 29 defendants accused of conspiring to distribute a variety of narcotics, 25 were subject to arrest today as four were already in custody.
JUNE 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES---39 members and associates of the Columbia Lil Cycos clique of the 18th Street gang are named in a federal indictment. Among the charges are murder 'for the 2001 death of Jose Barajas, whom gang members mistakenly identified as a member of a rival gang. It was announced that this superseding 31 count indictment is related to the October 2007 federal indictment that charged 18 defendants with drug trafficking... The lead defendant in the case was imprisoned Mexican Mafia members initially identified as "Mexican Mafia 1." Mexican Mafia 1 was later identified as imprisoned CLS shot-caller Ruben "Night Owl" Castro who was already serving a life term at the Federal Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado. Sergop "Tricky" Pantoja, 33 was also named. He was called the shot-caller for CLC's street commanders.
JUNE 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES---Alex Sanchez 37, once a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and executive director of Homies Unidos, and anti-gang group, is charged in a federal racketeering indictment. Sanchez was charged with several felonies including conspiracy to commit murder. The murder charge accused Sanchez of planning the murder of Walter Lacinos in La Libertad, El Salvador. The indictment also claimed Sanchez was the leader of the Normandie clique which controlled the distribution of cocaine, marijauna and methamphetamine. Authorities were quick to denounce media claims that Homies Unidos was a front for the Mexican Mafia. Sanchez was deported to El Salvador in 1994 but snuck back into the United States a year later. He was granted political assylum after successfully arguing that he had been harrassed by members of of the LAPD rampart division. The LAPD estimates Mara Salvatrucha has 250 active gang members in Los Angeles with a combined nationwide members exceeding 26,000.
JUNE 24, 2009
SAN BERNARDINO--- Janet Marie Hernandez 41, the wife of jailed Mexican Mafia shot-caller Salvador Orozco Hernandez, 44, in a sweeping 18 count federal indictment charging 9 dozen Inland Empire gang members and associates with a variety of crimes including conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine as well as multiple firearms violations. Janet Hernandez was accused of acting on behalf of her husband in the management, sale and distribution of narcotics through San Bernardino County, requiring narcotics dealers to pay the Mexican Mafia a percentage of their profits. The prime targets of the subsequent raids were members and associates of Westside Verdugo, Northside Redlands and Varrio Redlands gang. The names of those indicted wer as follows.
Janet Hernandez 41, of Bloomington
Ruben Morales 44, of Riverside
Robert Jiminez Sr., 45, of San Bernardino
Gino Gonzalez 37, of Redlands
Jose DeJesus Ramirez 37, of San Bernardino
Jose Trinidad Ramirez 26, of San Bernardino
Armando Estrada 32, of San Bernardino
Ernie Estrada 23, of San Bernardino
Erik Estrada 23, of San Bernardino
George Reyes 39, of Colton
John Fortunato 29, of Rialto
Juan Vaca 38, of San Bernardino
Michelle Trejada 31, of Redlands
Tina Valdepena 45, of San Bernardino
Jessica Ramos 28, of Redlands
Juanita Garcia 29, of Mentone
Daniel Hocker 46, of Highland
Michael Tejada 31, of Rifle, Colorado
John Viveros 34, of Mentone
Reuben Velasquez 24, of San Bernardino
Michelle Yglesias 33, of Redlands
Laurie Fisher 51, of Roseville
Kelly Kelly 49, of Rifle, Colorado
Juan Beltran 33, of Whittier
Jason Cardoza, in custody USMS, SBDO,
Jeanette Amaya 51, in custody CDCR, Chowchilla
Mario Hernandez 36, in custody SBDO county
Rudy Martinez Jr, 35, in custody CDCR, Chino
Jennifer Patterson 30, in custody SBDO county
Alfredo Ramirez III 25, in custody CDCR Tehachapi
Nicolas Sendis 33, Whittier in custody USMS, MDC
Christopher Sims 26 in custody CDCR, Tehachapi
David Lopez 28, in custody SBCO county
Held on state warrants were;
Leiy Long 32, of San Bernardino
Lorraine Cabral 42, of Redlands
Edward Cuibal 50, of Riverside
Kwame Givens 25, of San Bernardino
Timothy Nieto 44, of Redlands
Timothy Klenke 50, of Redlands
Gabriel Banuelos 27, of San Bernardino
Maria Calderon 48, of San Bernardino
Ralph Banuelos 31, of San Bernardino
Juan Marquez 31, of Highland
Danny Marquez 33, of San Bernardino
Guadalupe Acuna of San Bernardino
Guastavo Castro 27, of San Bernardino
Angel Lerma 28, of San Bernardino
Bertha Ayon 30, of San Bernardino
Guadalupe Barajas 37, of San Bernardino
Mark Moreno 37, of Lake Elsinore
AUGUST 17, 2009
RIVERSIDE--- A Riverside County man was convicted of fatally shooting Jorge Ortiz an accused snitch by a member of the Mexican Mafia. Hernandez attempted to arrange the killing of a witness using a jail deputy with whom he was having an affair as an intermediary. The plan was thwarted by the deputy's fiancee whose father is a Riverside homicide detective. 33 year old George Anthony Hernandez Jr., faced a possible death sentence for the murder of Ortiz who was shot multiple times on July 26, 2004, in the parking lot a Jack's Bar on Cypress Avenue in Riverside's Arlanza neighborhood.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
SAN BERNARDINO---9 members of San Bernardino's 7th Street Westside Verdugo gang are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and street terroism after an informant reported the plot to murder a "dropout" ex-member of the gang. Deborah 'Cookie' Cortez 45, Lisa 'Flaco' Rochas 39, Peter 'Wino' Amaya 29, Sean 'Scrappy' Rodriquez, Lawrence 'Pelon' Cabrera 30, and Nicole Rene Majarrez 27, were arrested in the general area of Spruce and Pico Avenues. Amaya is accused of organizing the plot. The Amaya's have controlled gang activity on the Westside of San Bernardino since the incarceration of the Hernandez brothers.
NOVEMBER 19, 2010
MORENO VALLEY---42 year old Ralph "Perico" Rocha a validated Mexican Mafia member is charged with orchestrating a large-scale extortion scheme in Norwalk and parts of the San Gabriel Valley. Rocha and "Cisco" Gonzalez attempted to muscle in on the territory of imprisoned Eme shot caller Jacques "Jocko" Padilla, leading Padilla to issue a green-light via his wife Maria "Lola" Llatanda against the encroaching rivals. The incident was viewed as confirmation of a longstanding dispute between members of the Mafia who are imprisoned in the federal prison system, and leaders who are housed in state facilities. Rocha and Gonzalez reportedly were aligned with the federal faction whereas Padilla is viewed as a leader among the state faction.
DECEMBER 13, 2009
Jose Rojas a 39 year old San Diego man with ties to the Mexican Mafia and the AFO cartel is sentenced to a 17 year federal prison term after admitting to his role in a continuing criminal enterprise.
JANUARY 26, 2010
RIVERSIDE---Federal authorities announce a sweeping indictment against members of the Eastside Riva gang. Six of twenty total defendants were charged with trafficking methamphetamine and a number of other federal crimes in the Riverside area. Eastside Riva, a twenty year old gang numbering 500 members and associates was alleged to have been used by members of the Mexican Mafia to collect rent and distribute narcotics in and around the Riverside area. Several law enforcement badges "alleged to have been stolen," were among the items seized in the raids. Among those named in the indictment were.
Salvador Orozco Hernandez, Jr. (aka “Toro” and “Tio”), 45, of Bloomington, a Mexican Mafia member currently in state prison on attempted murder charges, who is accused of issuing directives to senior ESR members on topics including “tax” collections and drug distribution in ESR territory;
Robert Zavala Carrillo (aka “Pato”), 37, of Moreno Valley, accused of being the de facto leader of the ESR gang and the president of an ESR clique, who is a fugitive;
Christopher Nevarez (aka “Flako), 38, of Riverside, the alleged liason between the ESR and the Mexican Mafia, who is currently in state custody on a parole violation;
Ronnie Marquez (aka “Shadow”), 41, of Riverside, allegedly a senior member of ESR who is in custody awaiting trial on drug and weapons offense;
Ignacio Chavez (aka “Kartune”), 32, of Riverside, a senior member of ESR who is in custody awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder and drug traficking;
Mark Gil (aka “Papa” and “Little G”), 35, of Moreno Valley, a senior member of ESR, who is a fugitive;
Andrew Pacheco Moreno (aka “Drew”), 37, of Fontanam;
Daniel Henry Padron (aka “Danny Boy” and “Sneaky”), 33, of Riverside, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of drug trafficking;
Jose Arredondo (aka “Tony”), 40, of Hemet, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of drug trafficking;
Johnny Gomez, 44, of Riverside;
Nateno Moreno (aka “Shorty”), 32, of Riverside;
Vanessa Garcia (aka “Pookie” and “Erica”), 22, of Riverside, who is in custody on a parole violation;
Allexxis Olonna Smith, 24, of Riverside, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of carjacking;
Chris James Garcia (aka “Chuco”), 42, of Riverside;
Rudy Tovar (aka “Dinky”), 30, of Riverside, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted on drug trafficking charges;
Paul Cortez (aka “Wiskers”), 22, of Riverside;
Allan Patrick Staley (aka “Paya”), 37, of Riverside, who is a fugitive; and
Deanna Wagner, 33, of Riverside, who is a fugitive.
The other two defendants charged are: David Martinez, 37, charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and Ronnie Granado, 42, a fugitive who is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
FEBRUARY 8, 2010
6 members of Florenia 13 are sentenced to life in prison for following the orders of long imprisoned Eme leader Arturo "Tablas" Castellano. Castellano reportedly ordered members of Florencia 13 through a series of letters authored from his Pelican Bay cell to cease their infighting, tax drug dealers, prostitutes, fruit vendors
and a crew of men selling phony ID cards in Huntington Park. The proceeds were returned to him and other members of the Mexican Mafia imprisoned at Pelican Bay. Castellanos also ordered Florencia 13 members to initiate a series of attacks on Watts area gang members in 2004. The result was a war between Florencia and members of the East Coast Crips.
FEBRUARY 9, 2010
Francisco "Pancho" Real, 28, a former shot caller for the Drew Street clique of the Avenues gang is featured in a media expose detailing his cooperation with law enforcement officials. Real calmly detailed a litany of beatings, drug deals, assaults and murders many of which were carried out by the cliques elite crew of shooters known as the "A" team.
MARCH 24, 2010
SAN DIEGO 44 year old Patrick Ralph Ponce pleads guilty to drug, weapon, kidnapping and extortion charges. Authorities charged Ponce headed a violent 31 member gang associated with leaders of the San Diego Mexican Mafia. Ponce focused on the collection and enforcement of the Eme's tax edict on drug and immigrant smuggling in El Centro, Calexico, Brawley, Heber, Holtville, Calipatria and Niland.
April 1, 2010
CRESCENT CITY---Del Norte County officials begin forfeiture proceedings against imprisoned Mexican Mafia Danny Roman. Roman reportedly had $26,000 in his inmate account, proceeds believed to have been accumulated through extortionate activity and drug sales committed on behalf of the Mexican Mafia.
April 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES---Jury selection in the trial of reputed Mexican Mafia shot caller Eulalio "Lalo" Martinez, 48, gets started. Martinez stands charged with ordering the murder of Donald "Pato" Schubert from his Pelican Bay cell. Authorities said members of the Lomas Rosemead street gang acted upon Martinez's edict which was retribution for Schubert's unwitting cooperation with a man who killed Martinez younger years before. Joseph "Capone" Garivay, 42, and Raul Pedroza, 32 along with Daniel Ahumada (sentenced in 2002 to 15 years to life) acted upon the order.
April 22, 2010
46 year old Armando "Mando" Barajas, a suspected Mexican Mafia shot caller is named as the lead defendant in a multiple count indictment charging 50 members and associates of the Ontario Varrio Sur Black Angels gang with violation of the RICO act, conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and fire arms violations. Authorities claim Barajas used the strong ties of the Black Angels to the Mexican Mafia to elicit taxes and other criminal acts in the furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise.
ARMANDO BARAJAS, aka “Mando,”
JUAN GIL, aka “Nito,”
DAVID NAVARRO, aka “Plucky,”
JOSE HURTADO, aka “Lonely,”
aka “Solo,” FRANK ALCALA,
ENRIQUE JIMENEZ, aka “Cisco,”
CARLOS RIVERA, aka “Chino,”
RIGO PORTILLO, aka “Lost Boy,”
JUAN DIAZ, aka “Swifty,”
CARLOS VASQUEZ, aka “Lil’ Lazy,”
ADOLPH MORAGA, aka “Fito,” STEVEN ESPINOZA,
aka “Little Loki,” RAFAEL ALVAREZ,
aka “Lil’ Pokie,” DANIEL REYES,
ZACARIAS ARTEAGA, aka “Drew,”
HUGO QUIROZ, ROBERT DEWESTER,
aka “Lucci,” MARLON JIRON,aka “Bow Easy,”
FERNANDO MORALES, aka “Sicko,”
ALEX CASTRO, aka “Sniper,”
ALBERT MORENO, aka “Pelon,”
MICHAEL SANCHEZ, aka “Dropper,”aka “Toro,”
RAUL PRIETO, aka “Crook,”
STEVEN VEGA, aka “Widget,”
ROSE MARIE MAGALLANES,
JAMES KISSLING, aka “Casper,”
SANTACRUZ SILVA, aka “Jose,”
MARCO ANTONIO TORRES-CRUZ, aka “Alex,"
INEZ MEZA, aka “Gordo,”
ANGEL ARANDA, aka “Bandit,”
SALVADOR MARTINEZ, aka “Flaco,”
SANTIAGO MENDEZ, and
April 22, 2010
Ruben Johnny Gonzales, a 56 year old member of the Chino Sinners gang was charged with attempted extortion for demanding that a Chino Hills parolee either participate in gang activity or pay $1,000. Gonzales reportedly met his victim at an area parole officer and began stalking the man going so far as to leave a hand written note at the victims apartment warning him "don't play with me."
MAYl 2, 2010
LEWISBURG PENNSYLVANIA---Juan "China Boy" Arias, a 40 year old Emero is pronounced dead at Evangelical Community Hospital after a violent attack at the federal prison facility in Lewisburg. Arias wa serving a 384 month term imposed for Racketeering and Conspiracy related charges stemming from his control of Eme affairs in the Chivas, Artesia, Norwalk and Hawaiian Gardens neighborhoods.
MAYl 3, 2010
LOS ANGELES---Joseph "Capone" Garivay, a 42 year old Rosemead gang members is found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit the murder of Donald "Pato" Schubert. The case revolved around allegations of Mexican Mafia involvement. Particularly an edict issued from imprisoned Eme leaer Eulalio "Lalo" Martinez.
June 7, 2010
8 members of the Puente 13 street gang were arrested in connection with a 22 count federal racketeering indictment alleging drug and violent acts benefitting the Mexican Mafia. The 22 count indictment named 17 defendants, 16 of which were said to have taken part in a RICO conspiracy. Puente 13, a street gang formed in the City of La Puente some 60 years prior, claimed a large segment of the city and unincorporated sections of the San Gabriel Valley, Hacienda Heights, Walnut and West Covina as their turf. Comprised of and estimated 600 members and associates divided among 14 cliques, the gang answered to Rafael "Cisco" Gonzalez a Mexican mafia member. 4 of those named in the federal racketeering indictment face the death penalty in connection with the 2006 murder of 44 year old David Dragna, a rival gang member who was reportedly collecting taxes without authorization. Among those charged with the Dragna murder were;
Cesar Munoz Gonzalez aka "Blanco", 36, of Rowland Heights.
Steven Nunez aka "Flaco", 30, a state prison inmate.
Angel Frank Torres aka "Smiley", 34, a state prison inmate.
Adrian Rodriquez aka "Trips", 25, of Huntington Park.
Henry Rick Zabala, 40, of La Puente.
Abraham Aldana aka "Listo"
Michael Anthony Torres aka "Mikey"
Danny Arthur Nunez aka "Moe"
Alejandro Trujillo aka "Spantos"
Mario Alberto Sandoval aka "Sonny"
Patricia Ana Ayala-Martinez aka "Dreams"
June 12, 2010
Maria Llantada, 44, and 9 Le Puente gang members and associates are accused of running the day-to-day activities for an imprisoned Mexican Mafia leader. Authorities charge Llantada participated in a criminal conspiracy on behalf of her husband who was serving time in Pelican Bay. Charged with helping Llantada plan and coordinate street gang activities in parts of La Puente, Norwalk and surrounding communities were;
Doreen Padilla, 25
David Sahagun, 26
Yvonne Montes, 31
George Bravo, 40
Renee Lopez, 21
Ernesto Roacho Jr., 20
Angelita Martinez, 37
Danna Stover, 33
Antonio Palacios, 66
June 15, 2010
21 members and associates of the Chino Sinners gang were charged for allegedly participating in a narcotics distribution operation with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The investigation known as "Operation Redemption" was initiated in January 2008. Among those charged as a result were:
Victor Hurtado, of San Jacinto;
Jaime Banuelos, 29, of Chino
Silvino Perez, currently being sought by law enforcement.
Michael Monsivais, 32, of Chino
Albert Hernandez, 23, of Pomona
Alexander John Hernandez, 34 of Bloomington, CA
David Darnall, 32 of Ontario
Frederick Malgra Garcia, Jr., 42 (transferred from state to federal custody today)
Matthew Reina, 29, of Chino
Romeo Aranda (transferred to federal custody from state custody today)
Lorena Aguirre, 35 of Chino
Crystine Minchau Ramirez in Chino
Anthony Ramirez of Chino
Richard Galvan, dob not available, of Chino
Nick Cervantez, 37, of Pomona
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|January 09, 2011
RANCHO CUCAMONGA---Ruben Johnny Gonzales, a 57 year old member of the Chino Sinners gang is sentenced to a 20 year term for trying to extort a gang "tax" from a man he met at an area parole office. Gonzales accepted the sentence as part of a plea bargain which allowed him to escape a possible 39 year term due to his prior criminal record.
March 07, 2011
VICTORVILLE--- Investigators from the Victorville SMASH team wrapped up an investigation charging several gang associates with ties to la Eme with a litany of crimes committed over the course of a year. The charges covered crimes which included a home invasion robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, extortion, kidnapping, witness intimidation and murder. Among those charged were Angel "Bandit" Aranda, a 39 year old member of the Ontario Black Angels. Daniel "Danny Boy" Lechuga, 35, Denise "Baby Loca" Hererra, 24, Ivan "Trusty" Montero, 26, Joel "Bouncer" Pompa, 32, Jessica Rodriguez, 36, Regina Chavira, 40, Hugo Manzano, 31, and Amanda Ortega, 31. Aranda was named in an April 2010 indictment aimed at the Black Angels. It is unknown if the increased activity by the Black Angels is an attempt by Ruben "Tupi" Hernandez to secure the lucrative San Bernardino county drug trade or if other forces are at play here.
March 20, 2011
OXNARD--- Daniel Flores from Colonial Chiques in Oxnard is sentenced to life without parole for the February 2008 murder of Armando Sepulveda. Sepulveda was alleged to have been a member of the rival El Rio gang when he was shot by Brando Arauz. Flores, Arauz and Jose Velasquez reportedly adorned themselves in attire similar to the El Rio gang before the incident which saw Flores introduce himself as a member of the El Rio gang moments before Arauz pulled the trigger. Arauz was not charged in the murder but is serving a 64 year sentence on unrelated charges. Velasquez's trial is pending. Prosecutors charged that Flores bragged of being hooked up to the Mexican Mafia to a jailhouse informant in a conversation in which he reportedly admitted to shooting two other people.
April 14, 2011
NORWALK--- 50 year old Whittier resident and accused Eme affiliate Raymond Reyes III is sentenced under the three strikes initiative to serve a 25 year to life term for possession of heroin. The charges stem from a February 26, 2008 arrest at a Whittier hotel in which officers found .31 grams of heroin in Reyes room. A simple possession charge turned into a three strikes case with prosecutors arguing that Reyes was an Eme crew leader. The prosecution sought to bolster this claim by introducing Eme turncoat Rene "Boxer" Enriquez. Enriquez began cooperating with authorities in 2002 and has no knowledge of the current structure nor dealings of the group. He is alleged to have been green-lighted prior to his defection leading him to seek the protection of prison authorities, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. According to the prosecutions case against Reyes, he is alleged to have control over the Hawaiian Gardens gang and its territory.
April 18, 2011
LA PUENTE--- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant granted a civil injunction against several members of Puente 13 and Bassett Grande gangs. The injunction charged the two multi-generational gangs with engaging in the sale of narcotics and tax collection on behalf of competing imprisoned Mexican Mafia members such as Rafael Munoz Gonzalez aka Cisco "exercising control over Puente 13." Authorities charge that Munoz Gonzalez has tried to establish control over a 16-square mile area which includes the communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, South San Jose Hills and Valinda through violent acts and intimidation. Puente 13 was credited with more than 1,000 members divided among 14 subsets or "cliques" whereas Bassett Grande is said to have a core membership numbering 300 or so. Despite the gang's
April 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES--- David 'Puppet' Robles and Jesse 'Psycho' Garcia are found guilty of gunning down two brothers in a brazen 1998 attack at a clothing store on Lincoln Boulevard. Charges were filed against both men while they were serving unrelated prison terms after eye witness testimony and DNA evidence obtained from a ski mask left at the scene linked the pair to the crime scene. Michael and Anthony Juarez (ages 27 and 19) were shot and killed in a retaliatory attack exacted after a member of Robles and Garica's gang was shot in a separate attack. The pair believed the shooter in the previous case was linked to the clothing store. Their intended target was not at the store during the attack. Robles was serving an 8 year term in Corcoran State Prison imposed in February 2001 when the murder charges were filed. Garcia was serving a 15 year term imposed in May 1999 for carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm. Both men have been linked as associates to the Mexican Mafia.
May 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES--- The Los Angeles office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, conducted a sting in conjunction with the Pacific Division of the LAPD targeting the Venice Trece gang with engaging in firearms related offenses and narcotics trafficking. Named in a subsequent indictment were;
George R. Lopez, 41, Lawndale
Salvador Garcia, 29, Los Angeles
Cesar Perez Rios, 39, Los Angeles
Marion Vincent Lopez, 43, Lawndale
Joey Edward Leyba, 37, West Los Angeles
Maribel Gordio, 35, South Los Angeles
May 4, 2011
LOS ANGELES--- David 'Puppet' Robles is sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 1998 murder of Michael and Anthony Juarez (ages 27 and 19). Prosecutors noted Robles prior history which included attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other weapons related violations. Sentencing for Robles co-defendant Jesse "Psycho" Garcia, was schedule for sentencing on May 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
May 6, 2011
HANFORD--- Ruben Pinuelas once said to have been a rising star in Mexican Mafia circles is sentenced to serve a 60 year to life term for conspiring to murder a fellow gang member who attempted to usurp his authority at Corcoran State Prison. Pinuelas reportedly ordered Eme associates Aldrin Trejo and Louis Jimenez to attack
and inmate who had complained of his heavy handed tactics in running a lower level yard at Corcoran. In trying to consolidate his power, Pinuelas ignored an order from a higher ranking Eme member to leave the dispute between himself and the other inmate alone. Trejo and Jiminez were also sentenced to 60 year terms for following Pinuelas order.
MAY 26, 2011
SAN DIEGO---40 year old Phillip McMillen is sentenced to serve a 25 year federal prison term after earlier pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. McMillen conceded that he committed crime which included murder, robbery, kidnapping, extortion and drug trafficking. A former member National City street gang member, McMillen was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino.
June 24, 2011
PELICAN BAY---Inmate C-50887 Mark Robert Quiroz aka "Turtle" a ranking emero files suit charging William Cate with civil rights violations and unconstitutional acts. Quiroz motion contains allegations of violation of his 1st Amendment Right to association and speech. Violation of his 1st Amendment Right by retaliating against him, violating his 1st and 14th Amendment right to equal protection right to prosecute his claims and violations to his 8th Amendment rights having been subjected to "malicious harrassment" by interference with his relationship with his future wife and correspondence with family members and friends. He also charged that his 8th Amendment rights were further violated when staff acted with deliberate indifference to his medical needs. He also claimed violation of his 1st and 14th Amendment rights to marry and maintain familial relationships. Quiroz is a documented member of the Mexican Mafia exercising a tremendous influence in the affairs of the eastern Inland Empire gangs particular Northside Colton.
JUNE 29, 2011
PACOIMA---A joint task force investigation dubbed Operation double header resulted in the arrest of 14 members and associates of the Pacoima Project Boys. Authorities charged that the gang members became predominant in the Pacoima Flats neighborhood in 2001 after the Project Boys and Pacoima Flatts gangs merged under an alliance known as the "Project Flats." The operation resulted in an indictment charging the defendants with operating a narcotics distribution ring specializing in the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. The gang's leaders reportedly maintained contact with incarcerated Mexican Mafia members and Camaradas who controlled the operation of the drug ring and tax activity in the San Fernando Valley. Among those targeted were under federal guidelines were;
John Anthony Garcia, 45, of Sylmar.
Cesar Octavio Venegas, 35, of Arleta.
Sandra Edit Ceja, 35, of Pacoima.
Luis Carlos Lopez, 33, of Palmdale.
Albert Mario Herrera, 35, of Palmdale.
Jesus Jonathon Flores, 25, of Pacoima.
Jimmy Madrid, 47, of Pacoima.
Michael William Wisar, 26, of Slymar.
Miguel Angel Sanchez Cedillos, 33.
Charged on state charges were;
Jorge A. Aguilar, of Pacoima.
Nathan Bedford Bowman, of Palmdale.
Joseph Garcia, of Sylmar.
Genevieve Lopez, of Palmdale.
Emilio Navarette Lopez.
Eduardo Ayala, of North Hollywood.
Bert Ayala, of North Hollywood.
Jesse Rodriquez, of Mission Hills..
July 13, 2011
SANTA ANNA---Investigators concluded a 3 year investigation termed Operation Black Flag by indicting 57 members and associates of an Orange County gang known as Forming Kaos. The investigation initially centered upon the activities of high ranking FK member Cesar "Roach" Munguia, 31 a Huntington Beach resident accused of dealing guns, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Munguia drew his influence from an association with a renegade Mexican Mafia cell headed by Armando Moreno. Authorities charged that Moreno in an attempt to usurp the authority of imprisoned Orange County Eme shotcaller Peter "Sana" Ojeda, employed "hard candy" tactics to coax Ojeda loyalists to support his efforts to seize control of Orange Counties hispanic gang community. Moreno's campaign of confusion and kaos lasted from 2005 until April 2009 when authorities transferred him from the Orange County Jail to a California prison facility. The episode "reminiscent of the Frankie Buelna dispute," highlights the weakness within the Mexican Mafia structure that allows individuals to promote themselves without true authority or authorization.
October 5, 2011
VICTORVILLE---35 year old Daniel Manuel Lechuga pled guilty on robbery a robbery charge and accepted the prosecutions offer of 9 years in state prison. Lechuga was one the accused leaders of a plot authorities say was associated with a Mexican Mafia plot to takeover the area drug market.
November 1, 2011
VICTORVILLE---24 year old Denise Marie Herrera is sentenced under the terms of a plea agreement to serve 8 years in state prison on a single charge of residential robbery. 12 additional charges were dropped in relation to a plot authorities say was linked to an Eme plot to takeover the area drug market. Herrera was one of 14 people arrested in a series of raids that took place in Los Angeles and the Victor Valley in March featuring charges on crimes ranging from extortion to assault with a firearm and participation in a street gang and conspiracy.
November 2, 2011
SAN DIEGO---High ranking emero Jose Alberto Marquez aka "Bat" was sentenced to life in prison by United States District Judge M. James Lorenz. Marquez was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute by a federal jury on March 11, 2011. Prosecutors contend that Marquez a confirmed member of the Mexican Mafia and Del Sol gang used area gang members to organize a methamphetamine deal following his capture and subsequent extradition from Mexico in January 2007.
November 3, 2011
ORANGE COUNTY---51 year old emero Ernest Arthur Peralta is scheduled for a parole hearing at the California State Prison Corcoran. Peralta is serving a 28 years-to-life sentence for the robbery and murder of Reyes Rosales Torres following a fight outside a Santa Ana bar in February 1982. Peralta an Orange County gang member since the age of 13 knocked Torres unconscious before shooting him 13 times. Since his conviction authorities have sighted Peralta more than 40 times on a variety of infractions. Authorities contend that if released Peralta could step in and assume command of Peter Ojeda's Orange County eme operation.
November 4, 2011
ORANGE COUNTY---51 year old emero Ernest Arthur Peralta is denied release during parole hearing at the California State Prison Corcoran. Members of the parole board sighted Peralta's "lack of rehabilitation or insight into the murder of Reyes Rosales Torres following a fight outside a Santa Ana bar in February 1982.
December 13, 2011
Torrance---56 year old emero shotcaller Senon "Cherilo" Grande Grajeda has been indicted as the head of a multi-state narcotics operation involving the Torrance based La Rana gang. Grajeda "the younger brother of influential eme twin leaders Daniel "Cuate" and Thomas "Big Wino" Grajeda," reportedly oversaw the distribution of cartel supplied cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills by a network of gang related couriers in locations outside of California which included Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusets, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. The Grajeda's are legendary figures within gang circles, their ousting of influential members such Rene "Boxer" Enriquez 'a federal witness' and fellow La Rana gang leader and Eme veterano Manuel "Tati" Torres 'murder in 2005 at the ADX in Florence, Colorado," only served to strengthen their hold over the gang's business affairs in the Rancho San Pedro and Harbor areas.
Daniel Grajeda #:C-39195 Pelican Bay State Prison P.O. Box 7500 Crescent City, CA 95532
Thomas Grande Grajeda V-22200 Pelican Bay State Prison D-1-123 P.O. Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95532
December 29, 2011
SAN BERNARDINO---37 year old Froyland Medina Chiprez a West Side Verdugo gang member arrested in Tijuana in June was extradited from Mexico to face four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder and with a special circumstance of participating in a gang murder. Chiprez was flown into San Bernardino International Airport by the FBI's Inland Regional Apprehension Team. A no bail parole warrant was also filed against Chiprez for violating the terms of parole relating to a 1994 involuntary manslaughter conviction.
January 4, 2012
RANCHO CUCAMONGA---37 year old Froyland Chiprez misses his first scheduled court appearance after an unidentified inmate assaulted him at the West Valley detention facility. Chiprez was later arraigned in the deaths of Johnny and Gilberto Agudo as well as Marselino and Anthony Luna.
January 7, 2012
SAN BERNARDINO---32 year old Lorenzo Anthony "Bad Boy" Baca III [7th Street] is shot and killed by a San Bernardino Police officer after a brief pursuit and exchange of gunfire near the 5th street overpass. Baca died at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
January 8, 2012
NORWALK---39 year old Gabriel Alexander Ronquillo is convicted for the 2004 murder of 47 year old Gary Frausto and the 1999 murder of 23 year old David Borunda. Prosecutors found true special allegations of multiple murders, murder by an active gang member and murder for the benefit of a street gang. Scheduled for sentencing on February 8th, Ronquillo faces possible execution at San Quentin. Ronquillo reportedly stabbed Frausto in a case of mistaken identity. His target was Frausto's brother Richard who'd been green-lighted by the Mexican Mafia for skimming money from taxes owed. Fearing that a founding member of his street gang would be killed thereby putting himself in danger of a green-light, Ronquillo under took the Frausto hit to endear himself to the rival Eme faction.
January 17, 2012
RANCHO CUCAMONGA---San Bernardino district attorney Michael Ramos filed an injunction against the 200 member Cucamonga Kings gang effectively banning them from asection of Rancho Cuacamong known as "North Town" and "Old Town Park." A decades old gang, the "Cuca Kings" are affiliated with the Mexican Mafia through "Tio" Salvador Orozco Hernandez a high ranking Eme member who is currently serving a 10 year prison term on racketeering related charges. Hernandez and his brother Alfred Hernandez attempted to seize control of San Bernardino counties illicit gang activity prior to their arrest, conviction and incarceration in 2008. Other prominent members of the Cuca Kings associated with the Mexican Mafia are Paul Anguiano, Jr., currently serving a 164 year term for murder, Tommy "Chono" Anguiano and Gilbert Anguiano , John "Bugsy" Mijares, Johnny Ray Vandergriff, who is listed as one of the more active members of the young Kings gang members.
Salvador Orozco Hernandez #G32389
Chino Institution for Men (CIM)
Alfred Hernandez #G32297
California Correctional Institution (CCI) Tehachapi
Gilbert Anguiano #H29666
Ironwood State Prison
Paul Gilbert Anguiano #G55204
High Desert State Prison
January 25, 2012
SAN DIEGO---A federal grand jury handed up 17 indictments naming 119 members and associates of San Diego area gangs with participating in a conspiracy which included drug trafficking violations and federal firearm offenses. Among those targeted in a three part investigation were members belonging to nine different criminal street gangs including Varrio Chula Vista, East Side Piru, Old Town National City, Shelltown, National City Locos, Imperial Beach Imperials, Paradise Hills, Varrio Encanto Locos and National City Block Boys. Those gangs reportedly participated in the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin on behalf of 53 year old emero Salvador Colabello. Colabella is said to have organized the aforementioned gangs who extorted and robbed unauthorized drug dealers and enforced a mafia tax on affiliated gang drug activity. 39 year old Rudy 'Crazy Boy' Espudo was targeted during an 18 month investigation dubbed "Operation Notorious County." (ONC) led to 8 indictments charging 51 individuals with participating in a federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy. Under the terms of the indictment handed down on January 19 were crimes which included attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking violations. Espudo oversaw Mexican Mafia activities in north San Diego county using gangs such as the Diablos, West Side gangs based in Escondido, the Varrio San Marcos and Varrio Fallbrook Locos to maintain control.
Rudy "Crazy" Espudo (San Diego)
“Operation Notorious County”
Rudy Espudo, aka Crazy
Angelina Chavez-Espudo, aka Angel, aka Senora
Pablo Franco, aka Casper, aka Dwarf
Miguel Grado, aka Kieto, aka Kathy
Jesus Barragan, aka Chito
Francisco Gutierrez, aka Bullet, aka Ammo
Oscar Lara, aka Little Troubles
Adan Landeros, aka Lucky
Eduardo Sanchez, aka Ghetto, aka Eric
Ivan Dunayevich, aka Wolfie
Jose Aranda, aka Vicious
Julio Solorzano, aka Mowgli
Gregorio Puebla, aka Froggy, aka Lil Froggy
Hector Fernandez, aka Evil
Arthur Garcia, aka Thumper
Jose Cornejo, aka Rabbit
Jessy Moreno, aka Little Monkey
Gerardo Barajas, aka Knuckles
Enrique Torres, aka Clumsy, aka Klumsy
Hector Garcia, aka Studders, aka Muffin
Jose Ortega, aka Temper
Juan Perez, aka Johnny
Gustavo Barron, aka Force
Armando Barragan, aka Bart
Elvira Esparza, aka Vida
Francisco Zamora, aka Tiny, aka Frankie
Everst Cruz, aka Temper
Daniel Nieto, aka Malo
Fernando Carapia, aka Youngster
Cesar Flores, aka Thumper
Erik Lupercio, aka Scrappy
Jeremiah Figueroa, aka Gremlin
Juana Araiza Janette Hernandez, aka Puzzles
Ulices Lopez, aka Tony
Tammarra Rivera, akas Tammarra Basulto, Tammy
Tony Garcia, aka Whopper,
Cynthia Varela, aka Cindy Sarah Quintana
Marcelina Reynoso, aka Marcy
Salvador Nicola Colabella
Jose Luis Mercardo
Maria De Jesus Claudia Ochoa
Richard Moreno Quevedo
Silvano Hernandez, Jr.
FNU LNU, aka Pelon
FNU LNU, aka Tony
Jose Pedro Covarrubias
Deleal Fantajamarie Cajmere
Elisa Alexandra Turner AGE 25
Manuel Borboa AGE 35 IN CUSTODY
Steve Alex Padilla AGE 31
Sara Patricia Macias AGE 26
Nahum Barajas Ramirez AGE 28
Edward Wyatt Edwards AGE 53
Daniel Robert Zapata AGE 42
Daniel Yuhas AGE 36 IN CUSTODY
Pedro Reyes Valencia AGE 43
Marcelo Fonseca Benitez AGE 39 IN CUSTODY
Marta Cecilia Ramirez Cardenas AGE 29 IN CUSTODY
Monica Ann Castro AGE 43
Yesenia Yvette Martinez AGE 21 IN CUSTODY
Larry Jiro Yafuso AGE 34
Juan Aurelio Lopez AGE 25
Alberto Jimenez Barba
Nora Elizabeth Angulo AGE 24
Peter Caleb Auzenne AGE 29
FNU LNU, aka Pelon AGE UNK IN CUSTODY
Marco Ramirez AGE 57 IN CUSTODY
Rudy Verduzco AGE 35 IN CUSTODY
FNU LNU, aka "Cabezon"
Francisco Hernandez Calderon AGE 46 IN CUSTODY
Javier Rodriguez Hernandez AGE 37 IN CUSTODY
Karlina Irma Gaskill AGE 20 IN CUSTODY
Christina Carol Campas AGE 48
Edgar Alan Sandoval Deltoro AGE 34
Jesus Antonio Lopez Siquieros AGE 40
Lisa Annette McCusker AGE 40 IN CUSTODY
Timothy Joseph Costello AGE 41
Harold Hughes Williams AGE 58
Nichole Marie Martinez AGE 33
Mona Dennise Luera AGE 30
January 26, 2012
SAN DIEGO---Christina Campas, 48, Fantaja Deleal and Christian Ivan Barraza-Guzman were detained in a series of coordinated raids in San Diego's North County. A fourth suspect John Atkinson was also arrested after a crash and chase. All of the above were linked to operations Notorious County, Operation Carnalismo and Operation 12-Step in Central and south San Diego Counties.
February 2, 2012
SANTA ANA---A jury returned guilty verdicts against 38 year old Rolando "Rolo" Ontiveros a former member of East Los Angeles's Lott Street gang. Ontiveros was found to have conspired with members of Mariano "Chuy" Martinez's eme faction in the November 19, 1998 member of Richard Serrano and two others in a Montebello auto body shop. Ontiveros faces a mandatory life sentence plus 30 consecutive years in federal custody when he is sentenced on May 7 by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter.
February 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO--- 35 year old Travis "Whisper" Chelberg was sentenced to serve a 14 year federal prison term for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for a violent attack upon a fellow inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The attack was an attempt by Chelberg, "a Mexican Mafia associate charged in Operation Keys to the City in 2009," to dissuade the prisoner from testifying against him.
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|Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:01 pm Post subject: Mexican Mafia Timeline continued from March 15, 2012
|March 15, 2012
NORWALK--- 39 year old Mexican Mafia associate and Southside Whittier gang member Gabriel Alexander Ronquillo is sentenced to die for the 2004 stabbing death of Gary Frausto at his home in Whittier. Frausto was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity after Ronquillo acting on a Mexican Mafia order to hit Richard Frausto a founding member of Ronquillo's Southside Whittier gang for reportedly skimming drug and gang tax profits from the gang's local operation. Ronquillo was also connected to the Father's Day 1999 murder of rival gang member David Borunda whose body was found in the backseat of his Buick in Southside Whittier territory.
March 17, 2012
BOYLE HEIGHTS--- Southside Whittier gang member Jesus Hernandez a 23 year old member of the Big Hazard gang in Boyle Heights is sentenced to serve a 31 year term in state prison for the shooting death of Big Hazard shotcaller Robert "Lil Joke" Gonzales. Gonzales, the brother of imprisoned Mexican Mafia member Jose "Big Joker" Hernandez, had sought to mediate an intra-gang dispute between Hernandez and another member of the gang. Hernandez grew angry after receiving a stern rebuke for his part in the dispute from Gonzales. At least two shots were fired in a brief exchange between the two which included reports of Hernandez kicking the fallen Gonzales twice in the head before fleeing the scene. Gonzales older brother is serving a life sentence for the murder of Anna Lizaraga, a gang intervention specialist connected with Edward James Olmos and the making of American Me.
March 22, 2012
NORWALK--- 30 year old Mexican Mafia associate Gerald Luis Gonzales is convicted of murdering his friend Gerald Ramirez, 29, of Santa Fe Springs on behalf of the Mexican Mafia. Gonzales admitted shooting his friend after receiving information that he'd collected taxes from a drug dealer without authorization. Ramirez was shot in a converted garage where Gonzales had been staying in the 11700 block of Smith Avenue in Santa Fe Springs on April 2, 2010. Gonzales was captured after a brief foot chase hours after the fatal encounter.
May 12, 2012
ORANGE COUNTY--- 33 year old Mexican Mafia associate Robert Luis Reil is sentenced to serve a 50 year term for the murder of Santa Ana drug dealer Bernard Ezquivel Felix on January 3, 2010. Reil ordered an unidentified Orange woman to arrange a drug deal between himself and Felix. Reil enlisted fellow Orange Street gang members Christian Galindo, 26, and Armour Villamar, 32, to serve as gunmen in an ambush attack which failed to net the conspirators the drugs they sought in the attack. Reil was later one of 26 inmates charged with participating in a factional dispute involving long time Orange County Eme shot caller Peter Ojeda and Armando Moreno.
June 07, 2012
SAN DIEGO--- 50 year old ranking Mexican Mafia member Robert Mercado acknowledged that he stabbed an accused drug dealer during an attempt to enforce a tax order on the man. Mercado faces a potential 20 year federal prison term when he is sentenced on August 24.
June 7, 2012
ORANGE COUNTY--- Douglas Joseph Jackovich an Orange County gang member and aspiring Mexican Mafia known as "Temper" member pled guilty and admitted being a member of Cear "Roach' Mungia's Forming Chaos gang. Jackovich entered his guilty plea with hopes that his admission would result in a sentence no longer than 29 months when he is sentenced later this year.
June 8, 2012
SAN DIEGO--- Angelina Chavez-Espudo, 49, the wife of Rudy Espudo entered a guilty plea on racketeering charges that arose from her estranged husbands attempt to seize control of San Diego and North County gang activities on behalf of La Eme Chavez-Espudo's sentence was left to the discretion of the judge who will preside over her sentencing in July.
June 9, 2012
SYLMAR--- Conrad Donald Garcia aka Big D., a longtime Eme shotcaller and organizer dies at his home in Sylmar, California.
June 15, 2012
SAN DIEGO--- 52 year Jose Luis Montellano sought by authorities on warrants charging armed and bank robbery and a host of probation violations was captured in Tijuana. Montellano a documented member of the Mexican Mafia, was found hiding in the colonia Salvatierra on the southwest side of Tijuana.
July 1, 2012
SAN FERNANDO--- The murder conviction of Yoracio Yepiz aka Horse a 39 year old member of the Vineland Boys convicted of executing Eugenio Cruz a rival Vineland Boys leader in a power grab, was upheld in federal court. Yepiz reportedly shot Cruz in attempt to curry favor with the Mexican Mafia and lift the long-standing green-light placed on the gang over its refusal to kick back to the organization. Yepiz is currently serving a life sentence for racketeering and violence in aid of a racketeering enterprise.
July 25, 2012
BARSTOW--- Rolando Gamez, 35, and Claudio Jiminez, 34, were convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit a crime and participation in a criminal street gang. Gamez and Jiminez were both documented members of Barstow based Los Gents gang. Both were convicted of murdering 28 year old Gilbert Chavez on May 15, 2009 on the order of a Mexican Mafia shot-caller. Sentencing was set for October 12, 2012 at Joshua Tree Superior Court.
July 15, 2012
NORWALK--- 30 year old Mexican Mafia associate Gerald Luis Gonzales is sentenced to serve a 110 year to life term for the murder of fellow Santa Fe Springs gang member Gerald Ramirez, 29, to curry favor with ranking members of the Mexican Mafia. Gonzales admitted shooting Ramirez after receiving information that he'd collected taxes from a drug dealer without authorization from the local Eme representative.
July 25, 2012
Orange County--- 39 year old Mexican Mafia member Rolando Ontiveros aka Rolo is received two consecutive life terms plus 300 months from U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana. The former Cal State LA business studen and leader of the Lott Street Stoners will serve his sentence in a federal prison.
July 29, 2012
BARSTOW--- Angel Ricardo Aranda a 40 year old Mexican Mafia enforcer is sentenced to serve an 8 year term for being a felon in possession of a firearm and activities related to a plan hatched by Eme shotcallers to seize control of the High Desert's illicit drug market. Aranda was one of 14 gang members "sent" to the High Desert from Los Angeles to distribute drugs and collect taxes for the Mexican Mafia. Aranda pled no contest to the aforementioned charges and acknowledged a prior strike and a 1996 manslaughter conviction. Aranda is one of 10 defendants who have been sentenced in the case. Anthony Moreno, 52, died in Utah under unknown circumstances and Susan Christine Galindo, 47, remains a fugitive. 34 year old Joel Orlando Pompa is scheduled to appear in court on August 17. All were under the authority of fugitive Eme shotcaller Daryl Castrejon.
August , 2012
SAN DIEGO--- Salvadore Collabello one of the lead defendants in Operation Carnalismo, pled guilty to racketeering charges. The 53 year old Logan Heights gang member and Mexican Mafia point man in charge of a large section of San Diego admitted extorting payments from gangs and collecting more than $10,000 in cash or property on behalf of La Eme. Sentencing was set for October 12.
August 16, 2012
POMONA--- Authorities concluded a 16 month investigation called "Operation Crystal Light" aimed disturbing a major source of methamphetamine traffic involving members and associates of Mexico's La Familial Michoacan drug trafficking organization and several southern California gang members. Many of those charged were members or associates of Ontario's Black Angels gang, Los Amables or Westside Pomona Malditos gangs. Featured in the raid was a house located at 952 Nocta Street in Ontario which was used as a stash house. Among those charged in the sophisticated operation featuring drug imported into the country in a liquid form disguised as gas were;
Jose Juan Garcia Barron aka Tokes
Martin Barron Alcazar aka Quini
Jose Chavez Espinosa aka Guerrin
Enrique Centeno Reyes aka Gordito
Jorge Luis Barron Zarate aka Qoi
Jose Maria Chavez Jr., aka Chema
Jose Maria Chavez aka Chemita
Daniel Lupian aka Yogi
Ines Castillion Joya
Unidentified indictment against "Borrachin"
Jose Ruelas aka Fat Boy
Rudy Zepeda aka Virolo
Rafael Favela aka Chito
Oscar Robles aka Squeaks
Miguel Saucedo aka Blackie
Daniel Yepez aka Chamboogie
Miguel Zaragoza aka Grumpy
Isaac Cervantes aka Wild Bill
Marcos Orejel aka Piolin
September 17, 2012
SAN DIEGO--- Federal investigators concluded a six-month investigation that resulted in the arrest and detention of 33 associates of an Eme connected drug ring centered in Fallbrook. The North County raid resulted in the confiscation of 40 pounds of marijuana, 31 pounds of cocaine, 25 pounds of methamphetamine, 11 ounces of heroin, 38 guns and $166,000 in cash.
Artiega, Eduardo, 23 - Fallbrook
Banks, Richard, 46 - Fallbrook
Belleville, Joshua, 21 - Fallbrook
Belleville, Nathan, 29 - Fallbrook
Bolding, Jesse, 22 - Fallbrook
Bowling, Kent, 65 - Fallbrook
Bruno, James, 25 - Fallbrook
Costa, Bethany, 22 - Vista
Escabedo, Raul, 23 - Fallbrook
Fore, Daniel, 44 - Fallbrook
Fountain, Mark, 50 - Fallbrook
Gonzales, Juan, 45 - Fallbrook
Halkias, Channing, 38 - Fallbrook
Harris, Robert, 50 - Fallbrook
Hernandez, Cesar, 36 - Fallbrook
Lindsey, Ronald, 27 - Fallbrook
Lupercio, Carlos, 28 - Fallbrook
Lupercio, Daniel, 26 - Fallbrook
Mclean, Ariel, 21 - Fallbrook
Monje, Isidro, 58, - Fallbrook
Ochoa, Michael, 39 - Fallbrook
Prather, Oscar, 43 - Fallbrook
Rios, Gustavo, 38 - Fallbrook
Rowe, Gerald, 21, - Oceanside
Santacruz, Eduardo, 29 - Fallbrook
Sims Sr., Jessie, 50 - Fallbrook
Sims, Joseph, 32 - Fallbrook
Vargas, Maria, 21 - Fallbrook
Vasquez, Cynthia, 44 - Fallbrook
Wood, Brok, 21 - Fallbrook
Wyman, Stephen, 32 - Fallbrook
Youssi, Justin, 21 - Fallbrook
Zamudio, Jose, 44 - Fallbrook
October 29, 2012
SANTA ANA--- Alberto 'Puppet' Vargas, 49, was the lead defendant named in an indictment handed down by the Orange County grand jury October 3 with extorting and collecting taxes on behalf of the Mexican Mafia. In addition to Vargas those named were;
Gloria Aguilar, 55
Joe Lara, 40
Raul Gonzalez Hernandez, 36
Edward Barela, 49
Richard Aguilar, 43
Ismael Esquivel, 33
Marvin Robles, 47
Annette Gomez, 33
Alejandro Maldonado, 34
Eugenio Salazar, 41
Vargas is a documented Eme shotcaller aligned with longtime Mexican Mafia leader Peter "Sanja" Ojeda. Vargas was charged in a previous indictment with issuing a green light on Orange County inmates who appeared in an MSNBC show called "Lockdown". Vargas was also accused of passing on an order from Ojeda to kill Armando Moreno a rival Eme leader who challenged Sanja's reign as the premier emero in Orange County.
November 15, 2012
VENTURA---17 of 28 area gang members named in a grand jury indictment charging crimes committed on behalf of La Eme included two juveniles charging conspiracy, street terrorism and extortion. Among the detained were;
Martin Madrigal, 39; aka Evil
David Acosta, 37; aka Shadow
Rodolfo Magdaleno, 34; aka
Sabrina Zuniga, 31;
Brian Beppu, 35;
Guadalupe Barrales, 41;
Juan Rosas, 26;
Jose Arreola, 35;
Ruben Mora, 29;
Miguel Gallardo, 36;
Edwin Mora, 28;
Olivia Tamayo, 37;
Alana Mora, 31;
Jose Mendoza, 23;
Jose Barrales, 39;
Liibrado Navarette, 26;
Javier Tamayo, 34;
and the juveniles
Luis Gomez and Carlos Cabrera, both 16
November 27, 2012
VENTURA---For the second time in a two week span Ventura County authorities struck against La Eme handing down 27 indictments charging local gang members with conspiring to commit felony assaul, extortion, home invasion robberies, narcotics trafficking and participating in organized criminal activity. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean announced during a press conference that the central figure in the conspiracy was a high-ranking member of the Mexican Mafia who managed through a loyal subordinate to control the Ventura county area from a cell in a prison outside the state of California. According to the indictment Martin "Evil" Madrigal by empowering Edwin "Sporty" Mora as the local shotcaller, forced rival gangs to do his bidding. Madrigal by remote oversaw the distribution of a variety of narcotics "most prominently heroin," over an extended area. Madrigal and Mora were the prime targets of a seven month investigation dubbed Operation Wicked Hand. Operation Wicked Hand resulted in the seizure of 32 firearms, 12 handguns, 12 rifles, 4 shotguns 3 assault rifles and 1 silencer equipped MAC-10, $36,000 in cash and a quarter pound of heroin.
December 8, 2012
LOS ANGELES---29 members of the Harpy's Street gang were named in a federal grand jury indictment stemming from a 2 1/2 year investigation dubbed Operation Roman Empire. The 60 count indictment focused on the activities of the Harpy's gang said to have been one of a dozen controlled by imprisoned Mexican Mafia shot-caller Danny Roman serving a life term at Pelican Bay. Using his daughter and son-in-law as messengers, Roman engaged in criminal activities which included but were not limited to tax collection, drug peddling, extortion, armed robbery and murder. Among those named in the indictment were;
Vianna Roman aka Prima, 37, of Los Angeles, who is Danny Roman’s daughter;
Manuel Valencia aka Droopy, 36, of Walnut, the alleged shot caller of the Harpys gang;
Aaron Soto aka Bobby, 40, of Los Angeles, Vianna Roman’s husband, allegedly one of the gang’s leaders;
Jaime Montano aka Sporty, 32, of Los Angeles, who is linked to the East Side Trece gang and who allegedly led
a conspiracy to murder a witness in a trial against another gang member;
Bryan Valencia aka Flint, 26, of Los Angeles, who allegedly sold drugs and collected “taxes” from gangs under Danny Roman’s control;
Eduardo Ramirez aka Blackie, 22, of Los Angeles, who allegedly supplied firearms and drugs to Harpys members;
Juan Delgado aka Kimo, 32, of Los Angeles, who allegedly collected taxes from gangs;
Carlos Delgado aka Oso, 20, of Los Angeles, who allegedly assisted in the sale and delivery of methamphetamine;
Jimmy Ramos aka Jimmy Bones, 28, of Los Angeles, who allegedly sold methamphetamine and transported large amounts of cash;
Jorge Sanchez aka Gizmo, 31, of Los Angeles, who is linked to the Florencia 13 gang and who allegedly sold methamphetamine;
Gwendolyn Etta aka Gwen, 34, of Los Angeles, who allegedly sold methamphetamine with Jorge Sanchez;
Marilyn Eta, 27, of Los Angeles, who allegedly assisted Manuel Bonilla in the sale of drugs and helped Bonilla hide from the police after Bonilla murdered a customer over a drug debt;
Mario Basulto aka Bouncer, 27, of Victorville, who allegedly sold drugs and cellular telephones inside a California state prison;
Ronnie Orozco, 37, of Los Angeles, who is linked to the 38th Street gang and who allegedly oversaw the collection of taxes from the Alameda Swap Meet;
Angel Cenea, 22, of Hollywood, who is linked to the La Mirada Locos gang, and who allegedly attempted to smuggle drugs and cellular telephones into a California state prison;
Nancy Buckley, 28, of Los Angeles, who allegedly helped her husband, Iman Buckley, funnel drug proceeds to Danny Roman;
Denise Halawi, 41, of San Bernardino, who allegedly conspired to sell methamphetamine; and
Walter Alarcon, 36, of Los Angeles, an Eastside Playboys gang member who is charged by himself in an indictment that accuses him of distributing methamphetamine.
Christopher Velasquez aka Whisper,
December 9, 2012
SAN BERNARDINO--- Froylan Chiprez known San Bernardino gang member and accused Mexican Mafia associate was found guilty on four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder for a July 9, 2000 attack dubbed the "Dead Presidents" case. Chiprez was convicted of leading a crew to a Vine Street residence to deliver a message to the Agudo brothers that they were to relinquish control of two prominent Westside gang factions on the order of Salvador Orozco Hernandez. The Agudo brothers were aligned with a rival Mexican Mafia leader vying for control of a lucrative drug, weapons and money laundering operation involving members of the San Manuel Tribe. Chiprez fled the area following the shooting and remained a fugitive until his arrest on June 21, 2011 in Tijuana, Mexico.
December 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO--- 32 year old incarcerated Mexican Mafia associate Eduardo Macias one of three men charged with the attempted murder of a fellow inmate at Donovan State Prison attacked his attorney William Burgener with a crudely fashioned razor during an appearance in the court of Judge Peter Deddeh. Macias and co-defendants Geronimo Polina, 35, and Lionel Quinteros, 26, allegedly attacked Victor Ortiz on July 5, 2010. Prosecutors contend the trio acted on a green-light issued by the Mexican Mafia against Ortiz during a dispute between the victim and another influential Eme leader.
December 17, 2012
LOS ANGELES--- 30 year old Avenues gang member and accused Mexican Mafia associate Armando Albarran aka Chivo, charged with one count each of conspiracy and murder in the August 2, 2008, killing of 27 year old Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Juan Abel Escalante in Cypress Park. Detained in Mexico, Albarran's arraignment was postponed until January 3., when he is expected to join fellow Avenues gang members Carlos Javier Velasquez, aka Stoney, Guillermo Hernandez, aka Flea, Jose Renteria and fugitive Roberto Salazar in the case.
January 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES--- Javier Perez, 35, one of four members or associates of the Columbia Lil' Cycos clique of the 18th Street gang found guilty of federal racketeering offenses that were the result of the September 2007 shooting of a street vendor near MacArthur Park, California that also resulted in the death of a 23 day old infant. Perez, Eduardo Hernandez, 35, Vladimir Iraheta, 31, and Leonidas Iraheta, 31 were also convicted in connection with the case.
January 9, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO--- 38 year old convicted Mexican Mafia assassin Froylan Chiprez filed a motion for a new trial on the day he was scheduled to be sentenced on four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Jurors also found a special allegation that the murders were intentional killings committed by an active street gang member. Chiprez was order to appear in court for a confirmation of counsel hearing on January 14.
January 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES--- Disbarred attorney Isaac Guillen, 52, is sentenced to serve a 7 year term after pleading guilty to racketeering and money laundering charges. Guillen 'a former gang member and UCLA grad,' was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson on the basis of Guillen's admission that he aided imprisoned Mexican Mafia shot-caller Francisco "Puppet" Martinez maintain control of the Columbia Lil Cycos clique of the 18th Street gang by ferrying messages from Martinez at the federal super-max prison in Florence, Colorado to gang minions in Los Angeles. Guillen admitted laundering approximately $1,300,000 in drug proceeds on Martinez's behalf for which he received a cut of $180,000. 35 year old Javier Perez was sentenced to serve life in a federal facility for his role in the murder of a 23 day old infant who was shot and killed in an attack on a street vendor who'd refused the gang's order that he pay $50 in rent for the right to operate near MacArthur Park. In addition to Guillen and Perez, three other members of the Columbia Lil Cycos clique have been found guilty in connection with this case and await sentencing. They are;
Eduardo Hernandez, 35
Vladmir Iraheta, 31
Leonidas Irahta, 31
January 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES--- Accused Mexican Mafia associate and Azusa 13 gang leader Santiago "Chico" Rios was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in prison after admitting that he conspired to attack blacks in an effort to purge them from the city of Azusa. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess also sentenced Rios son Louie "Lil Chico" Rios to serve a 10 year sentence for aiding his father. Rios promotion of the Azusa gang's policy dated back to 1992 when deceased Azusa shot-caller Ruben Rodriquez and Eme member issued the green-light against blacks.
January 16, 2013
ORANGE COUNTY--- 34 year old Kinney Stephen Uribe, a self-confessed member of the Mexican Mafia was scheduled to appear in court where it was expected a judge would sign off on a plea agreement which would net the gangster known as "Fat A--" a 40 year prison term, $5 million fine and lifetime probation supervision. In addition to admitting membership in the organization Uribe acknowledged his role in the sale of more than 100 grams of heroin through members of the F-Troop Gang. Uribe will remain in federal custody inside the Santa Ana county jail until he is sentenced at an undetermined date by U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna.
Febuary 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO--- 51 year old Robert Mercado, is sentenced to a 14 year federal prison term by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia. An admitted drug dealer and trusted lieutenant of Salvador Colabella, Mercado was one of three dozen members and associates of the Mexican Mafia named in "Operation Carnalismo," last year.
March 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES--- 42 year old Rafael Munoz-Gonzalez, aka "Cisco" is sentenced to serve a life term in federal prison by U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz. Aided by his brother Cesar Munoz-Gonzalez "Blanco" a 38 year old Rowland Heights resident, "Cisco" used the 600 member gang to extend his influence and control over gang activity in La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Walnut, West Covina as well as unincorporated areas in Bassett, Valinda and Azusa. Many of the areas targeted by the Munoz-Gonzalez brothers belonged to rival street gangs aligned with rival Mexican Mafia leader Jacques "Jocko" Padilla. Prosecutors charged that Blanco trafficked large quantities of methamphetamine. Others sentenced in connection with the case were Abraham Aldana, 20, a parolee from West Covina known as "Listo" who served as a collector and enforcer for Cisco following his release from Pelican Bay in 2008, and Michael Torres aka "Mikey" a 43 year old La Puente gang veterano. Aldana received a 27 year term and Torres was sentenced to serve a 25 year sentence on February 25.
March 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO--- Mexican Mafia associate Silvano Hernandez, Jr., 40, from San Diego, was sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia to serve 210 months (17.5 years) in custody after Hernandez pled guilty to conspiracy to participate in the affairs of a racketeering enterprise (RICO conspiracy), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962. Hernandez was one of 36 individuals arrested last year as part of Operation Carnalismo, an investigation that targeted the Mexican Mafia’s organized criminal activity in January 2012.
As part of his plea, Hernandez admitted to participating in the organized criminal activity of the Mexican Mafia. Specifically, he admitted to distributing, on average, 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine per month in San Diego. Hernandez stated that he distributed anywhere from 1/4-pound to multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine to a number of drug dealers who, in turn, sold the methamphetamine in smaller quantities. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Mazza, the lead prosecutor on the case, told Judge Battaglia at today’s sentencing hearing that the 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine Hernandez distributed onto the streets of San Diego every month roughly equated to well over 50,000 doses of methamphetamine per month. At the time of his arrest, investigators seized nearly $150,000 in cash from his residence and a 2011 Lincoln sedan valued at approximately $50,000.
Defendant in Criminal Case No. 12CR290-AJB
Silvano Hernandez, Jr.
Progress of Cases Charged as Part of Operation Carnalismo
Summary: As of March 15, 2013, 30 of 36 defendants have been convicted, and 14 of those 30 have been sentenced.
Salvadore Colabella—RICO conspiracy
Jose Luis Mercado—RICO conspiracy
Robert Mercado—Violent Crime in aid of racketeering (168 months in custody)
Maria de Jesus Claudia Ochoa—RICO conspiracy
Silvano Hernandez—RICO conspiracy
Jose Briseno-Contreras—RICO conspiracy (46 months in custody)
Ramon Agredano—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (84 months in custody)
Ricardo Cornejo—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (135 months in custody)
David York—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Guillermo Chaidez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (120 months in custody)
Adrian Dominguez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Charles Smith—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Anna Sheneman—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (93 months in custody)
Esteban Rodriguez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (60 months in custody)
Juan Guerrero—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (135 months in custody)
Jorge Moreno—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Eduardo Moreno—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (120 months in custody)
Allen Mundell—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Brett Youkel—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (120 months in custody)
Lacy McElroy—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (100 months in custody)
Alfredo Bazurto—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Charles Monroe—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Jose Pedro Covarrubias—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (120 months in custody)
George Chavez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Jose Esparza—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine John Atkinson—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (120 months in custody)
Annabel Vasquez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Fantaja Deleal—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (78 months in custody)
Carlos Lozano—Distribution of methamphetamine (57 months in custody)
April 15, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO--- Victor Angulo, a 39 year member of Varrio Norwalk is ordered to stand trial for the murder of Angel Cortez, 21, a member of San Bernardino's Little Counts at a home in the 200 block of 11th Street on May 14, 2011. Angulo reputedly killed Cortez during an argument which ensued during an attempt by Angulo to enforce a tax on a criminal endeavor run by Cortez. Authorities charge that Angulo shot Cortez in the back of the head, burned his body and attempted to conceal his remains in a makeshift grave in his backyard. Comments attributed to Angulo indicate he was concerned about retribution from Cortez's gang following his ill-fated tax attempt. Angulo is due back in court on April 26.
May 13, 2013
RIVERSIDE--- Julio Cesar Ramirez, a 37 year old leader of Riverside's Casa Blanca Vagabundos gang was sentenced to serve a 24 year federal prison term. Ramirez was one of 4 influential Vagabundos members and associates targeted in a multi-agency probe that featured several undercover purchases of narcotics and firearms. Among those charged were;
Carlos Alberto Ramirez, Julio Ramirez’s brother, 32, of Fontana, indicted in 2011 for distribution of methamphetamine. He was arrested April 25 after being a federal fugitive for almost two years. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years.
Gerardo Pulido, 37, of Riverside, sentenced May 21, 2012, to 30 months in federal prison. Pulido pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine;
Sergio Abraham Cota-Serrano, 39, of Perris, sentenced Dec. 8, 2011, to 12 months and one day in federal prison. Cota-Serrano pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry after deportation.
May 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO--- Eduardo Macias, a 33 year old San Diego area gang member charged along with Geronimo Polina, 36, and Lionel Quinteros of attempting to execute Victor Ortiz on behalf of the Mexican Mafia at Donovan State Prison in 2010, faces a life term when sentenced on May 21. Macias admitted attacking Ortiz with a weapon during a fight on the prison yard during the trial but authorities charge that the attack was an attempt to end a dispute between Ortiz and another Mafia member over control of the prison's illicit economy. Quinteros was acquitted of conspiracy and attempted murder but convicted of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury by a prisoner and sentenced to 8 years in prison. Polina is scheduled for sentencing in June.
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LOS ANGELES---An investigation conducted by a joint task force resulted in federal charges against 20 suspected members and associates of a Mexican Mafia controlled clique of the 18th street gang. The investigation targeted senior leadership and shot callers of the Rancho Park Locos (RPK) resulting in a grand jury indictment on charges of conspiracy, possession and distribution of methamphetamine and a variety of weapons violations. Among those named in the indictment were;
Jonathan Hernandez, of Inglewood: Distribution of methamphetamine
Daniel Lopez of Los Angeles: Dealing in firearms without a license and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition
Jaime Moreno of Los Angeles: Distribution of methamphetamine
Pedro Ramirez of Los Angeles: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine
Max Maestas of Los Angeles: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine
Victor Coreas of Los Angeles: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine
Julian Martinez of Los Angeles: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine; and aiding and abetting
Evelyn Sotelo of Los Angeles: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine; and aiding and abetting
Brenda Sevilla of Los Angeles: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine
Rigoberto Jimenez of Los Angeles (arrested in Redding, California): Distribution of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition
Gosada Munoz of Los Angeles (previously in state custody): felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition
Juan Barragan of Hawthorne (previously in federal custody): Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and distribution of methamphetamine
Luis Alberto Jimenez of Los Angeles (previously in federal custody): Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition
Henry Borja of Los Angeles: Distribution of methamphetamine; arrested Monday, May 20
Dainler Baquedano: Distribution of methamphetamine (previously in custody)
Jorge Dominguez: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine (previously in custody)
Johnny Robert Hernandez: Felon in possession of a firearm (previously in custody)
Joshua Perez: Conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine (previously in custody)
Roberto Yepez: Distribution of methamphetamine (previously in custody)
Hilary Apperson: Distribution of methamphetamine.
May 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO---Cecilia Virgen-DeLeon, 31, of Salina, Kansas is arrested and charged with aiding and abetting criminal activity of incarcerated Mexican Mafia leaders. Virgen-Deleon is said to have arranged phone calls from her Kansas home with Mexican Mafia members and associates at the Los Angeles county jail on several occasions.
May 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO---"Crazy" Rudy Espudo, 40 year old Mexican Mafia representative in charge of San Diego's North County pled guilty to conspiracy and drug trafficking charges. Espudo's plea covers multiple counts of a superseding indictment which included conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity and knowingly and intentionally brandishing a firearm during crimes of violence or drug trafficking. Espudo's admission that he engaged in drug trafficking and extortion, and profitting from criminal activity committed by gang members under his protection is a violation of past Eme edicts which prohibit admission of guilt. Espudo faces life in prison at his sentencing which has been scheduled for October 7.
Salvador "Sal" Colabella
May 24, 2013
SAN DIEGO---"Crazy" Salvador Nicola Colabella aka Sal, 54 year old Mexican Mafia representative from Barrio Logan Heights in San Diego is sentenced to a 262 month federal prison term on the basis of his . August 9, 2012 plea agreement to RICO conspiracy charges. Under the terms of the plea deal Colabella admitted participation in the Mexican Mafia and overseeing on its behalf a significant portion of the criminal activity committed in the San Diego area by hispanic street gang members. Among the crimes attributed to Colabella and his associates were drug trafficking, extortion and profiting from the criminal activity of gang members working under his command.
Progress of Cases Charged as Part of Operation Carnalismo—Convictions and Sentences
Salvadore Colabella—RICO conspiracy—262 months
Jose Luis Mercado—RICO conspiracy—sentencing June 28, 2013
Robert Mercado—Violent crime in aid of racketeering—168 months
Maria De Jesus Claudia Ochoa—RICO conspiracy—sentencing July 26, 2013
Silvano Hernandez—RICO conspiracy—210 months
Jose Briseno-Contreras—RICO conspiracy—46 months
Ramon Agredano—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—84 months
Richard Cornejo—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—135 months
David York—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Guillermo Chaidez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
David Garcia—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Adrian Dominguez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—108 months
Charles Smith—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Anna Sheneman—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—93 months
Esteban Rodriguez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—60 months
Juan Guerrero—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—135 months
Jorge Moreno—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—sentencing June 28, 2013
Edward Moreno—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Allen Mundell—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Brett Youkel—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Lacy McElroy—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—100 months
Alfredo Bazurto—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—sentencing June 7, 2012
Charles Monroe—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Jose Pedro Covarrubias—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
George Chavez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Jose Esparza—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—130 months
John Atkinson—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—120 months
Annabel Vasquez—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—72 months
Fantajamarie Cajmere Deleal—Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine—77 months
May 24, 2013
SAN DIEGO---56 year old Eduardo Arellano Felix pled guilty to money laundering and conspiracy charges in San Diego federal court. Under the terms of a plea agreement, federal prosecutors will recommend Arellano Felix sentence to be set at 15 years. Arellano Felix admitted laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds, setting aside a portion for bribes and weapons purchases. He also admitted purchasing large volumes of marijuana and cocaine for distribution in the United States. The Arellano Felix Cartel were the first to form an alliance with Mexican Mafia members to distribute drugs in the United States.
Eduardo Arellano Felix
June 4, 2013
LONG BEACH---Federal charges were filed agains 16 members and associates of the Eastside Longos for their roles in a distribution network specializing in methamphetamine. Among those named in either criminal complaints or grand jury indictments returned in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles were;
Gerardo Galvan, aka “Big Head,” 31, of San Pedro
John David Martin, aka “Smokey,” 30, of Cudahy
Manuel Cuanriquez, aka “Wacky,” 31, of Downey
Jose G. Hernandez, “Serio,” 31, considered to be a fugitive
John Gonzalez, aka “Cisco,” 33, of Long Beach
Raudel Sandoval, aka “Lil Gumby,” 32, of Long Beach
Danny Jose Salazar, “Lonely,” 28, of Long Beach
Geraldo Santos, aka “Sugar Bear,” 30, of Bellflower
Joseph Ferguson, aka “Jawbreaker,” 41, of Florida
Martha Torres, aka “lil’ Martha,” 25, of Wilmington
Francisco Sianez, aka “Profit,” of Texas
Daniel Martinez, “Soldier Boy,” 25, previously in state custody
Jose Antonio Baldovinos, aka “Lil Bozo,” 35, deported.
Baltazar Santacruz, 35, previously in federal custody
Julio Mario Peraza, aka “Coco,” 27, deported.
Jose Manuel Gomez, aka “Gato,” 37, previously in state custody
Mario J. Engfui, 33 was detained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on a murder charge.
June 5, 2013
WASHINGTON D.C.---The U.S. Department of Treasury designated six member of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) pursuant to Executive Order 13581. The designation of the six who were said to work for or on behalf of MS-13, were targeted in an attempt to disrupt the groups activities which include human smuggling, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion and immigration offenses.
June 4, 2013
WASCO---21 year old Angel Martin Torres 'AN7008' is shot and killed during a prison riot on the Facility A exercise yard. Approximately 40 inmates engaged each other at 09:30 at the Wasco State Prison-Reception Center. Torres was serving an 11 year term for a gang related stabbing in Mecca, California on New Years eve 2011. He'd been housed at Wasco pending transfer to a permanent facility since March 12, 2013.
Name: Moris Alexander Bercian Manchon
AKA: "El Barney"
Date of Birth: October 30, 1984
Place of Birth: San Salvador, El Salvador
Name: Jose Misael Cisneros Rodriguez,
AKA: Jose Misal Cisneros
AKA: "Medio Millon"
AKA: "Half Million"
Date of Birth: October 2, 1976
Place of Birth: Agua Caliente, Chalatenango, El Salvador
Name: Marvin Geovanny Monterrosa-Larios
AKA: Marvin Jeovanny Monterrosa-Larios
Date of Birth: May 21, 1974
Place of Birth: San Miguel, San Miguel, El Salvador
Name: Moises Humberto Rivera-Luna,
AKA: "Viejo Santos"
Date of Birth: May 23, 1969
Place of Birth: San Salvador, El Salvador
Name: Saul Antonio Turcios Angel
AKA: "El Trece"
Date of Birth: May 17, 1978
Place of Birth: Zaragoza, La Libertad, El Salvador
Name: Borromeo Enrique Henriquez Solorzano
AKA: Racson Mario Rivera Arias
AKA: "El Diablo Pequeno"
AKA: "El Diablo"
AKA: "El Diablito"
AKA: "El Diablito De Hollywood"
Date of Birth: July 27, 1978
Place of Birth: San Salvador, El Salvador
June 11, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO---Closing arguments in a civil trial in which Leonard Epps, 42, of San Bernardino sought a multi-million dollar payout from members of the San Manuel tribe for their role in a 2006 plan to have him killed by members and associates of the Mexican Mafia. Epps alleged that he was targeted for murder by Erik and Stacy Barajas-Nunez for his role in a series of gang related incidents at the Brass Key bar formerly owned by San Manuel Tribal member Greg Duro where Epps was employed as a manager. The saga allegedly began when Erik Barajas was confronted by members of an Eme affiliated gang upset with Barajas younger brother for testifying against a member of their clique facing trial for murder. Barajas ultimately exchanged $4,000 and a rolex watch to settle the dispute. Barajas is now accused of conspiring with his sister Stacy and convicted Eme shot-caller Salvador Hernandez, 48, Hernandez's brother Alfred, 42 for failing to protect him or of planning the incident.
June 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES---Mexican Mafia shot caller Eulalio "Lalo" Martinez, 51 dies of an apparent overdose in his cell at the Los Angeles county jail. Martinez had controlled Mexican Mafia activity at the Los Angeles county jail since his arrival in September 2007 to face racketeering and murder charges.
July 30, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO--- A jury awards Leonard Epps, 43, more than $4.5 million for a plot initiated by San Manuel tribal members and Mexican Mafia associates Stacy Barajas-Nunez, 30 and her brother Erik Barajas, 40 in 2008. Stacey Barajas-Nunez solicited a "green light," on Epps following a confrontation involving Erik Barajas and James Seay at the Brass Key bar in Highland in 2006. The month long trial concluded with the verdict announced July 18, awarding Epps $377,000 for past lost wages, $2.5 million for past emotional distress and $1.7 million for future emotional distress, bringing total compensatory damages to $4,577,000. In addition, jurors determined Barajas-Nunez was responsible for 45 percent of the damages and Erik Barajas was 33 percent responsible, court records show.
In August 2008, the two high-ranking members of the Mexican Mafia who the Barajases solicited to kill Epps, Salvador Orozco Hernandez, 48, and his brother Alfred Hernandez, 44, were sentenced to 10 years and 9 years in prison, respectively, for their roles in the murder conspiracy.
Federal drug agents and San Bernardino police officers learned of the murder conspiracy during a joint investigation into the Mexican Mafia's methamphetamine rackets in San Bernardino in 2006. The investigation revealed the influence and ties some San Manuel tribal members, including the Barajases, have to local gang members and the Mexican Mafia, according to police and court records.
The second phase of the trial will begin Aug. 26, when jurors will deliberate how much in punitive damages Epps should be awarded.
August 7, 2013
SACRAMENTO--- 44 members and associates of La Eme and Mexico's La Familia drug cartel are indicted for their role in an attempt to forge a union among traditional gang rivals for illicit purposes. Chief among those named in the indictment are Arturo Castellanos aka Tablas, a Mexican Mafia shot-caller serving a life term in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison. Castellanos is one of four leading figures leading a month long hunger strike in protest of living conditions for inmates housed in isolation. Castellanos was reportedly aided in organizing the protest by Leonel Laredo aka Wizard, also a Florencia 13 member. Convicted of murder in Los Angeles in 1979 Castellanos was shipped to Pelican Bay in 1990. He is alleged to have participated in a half dozen prison stabbings. Others named in the indictment were;
FLORENCIA 13 MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES
Leonel Laredo aka "Wiza Celina Arana
Victor Espinoza aka "Te
Max Maestas aka "Sn
Rene Juarez aka "Scrappy"
Alberto Sifuentes aka "Bluebird"
Javier Manuel Ulloa aka "Yogi"
Jose Mandujano aka "Chuchi"
Oscar Olivera Avila
Jose Sanchez aka Trouble
Jesse Barraza "Chapito"
Giselle Casado aka "Guera"
Beatriz Tavira aka Betty
Jesus Meza aka "Chana"
David Proo aka "D"
Members and associates listed under La Familia indictment;
• Jose Rodriguez-Landa, also known as “Fox” and “Fox Tapia,” 49, of Michoacán, an alleged Mexican Mafia member currently in custody in a Los Angeles County jail;
• Michael Moreno, aka “Boo,” 55, of Fresno, an alleged member of the Mexican Mafia, who was arrested this morning;
• Fred Anthony Montoya, aka “Fast Freddy,” 46, of Antioch, California, an alleged Mexican Mafia member who is currently in custody in a California state prison;
• Freddie Montes, 44, of Castaic, an alleged member of La Familia, who was arrested this morning;
• Luis Gerardo Vega, aka “Little” and “Little One,” 30, of the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles, an alleged Mexican Mafia member who is currently in custody in a Los Angeles County jail;
• Manuel Larry Jackson, aka “Cricket,” 49, of Monterey Park, an alleged Mexican Mafia member, who was arrested this morning;
• Jimmy Ruben Soto, aka “Rube” and “Old Man,” 77, of Visalia, an alleged member of the Mexican Mafia, who was arrested this morning;
• Raymond Lozano, 36, of San Diego, an alleged Mexican Mafia associate who is currently incarcerated in a federal prison;
• Efrain Isak Rosales, aka “Tucán,” 35, an alleged member of La Familia who resides in Michoacán and who is currently being sought by authorities;
• Sonia Apodaca, aka “Shorty,” 44, of El Monte, an alleged “secretary” of the Mexican Mafia, who was arrested this morning;
• Claudia Garcia, aka “Giggles,” 42, of the Gramercy Park district of Los Angeles, an alleged associate of the Mexican Mafia, who was arrested this morning;
• Adam Rios, aka “Blanco,” 35, of Sylmar, an alleged associate of La Familia, who was arrested this morning; and
• Omar Hugo Robles, 30, of Sylmar, an alleged associate of La Familia,
August 27, 2013
SAN DIEGO---Eme associate Geronimo Polina, 38, convicted in December, along with Eduardo Macias, 33, of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and assault, was sentenced to 75 years to life, plus 16 years. Jurors ruled that the July 5, 2010, attack on Victor Ortiz, an inmate at Donovan State Prison was carried out for the benefit of a street gang. Polina's record contains felony convictions for making criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon. Court records show Polina assaulted an accused child molester two days before the start of his trial for the Ortiz attack. Macias sentencing is scheduled to take place in September.
September 15, 2013
SANTA ANA---Eme associate Eduardo Macias, 33, is sentenced to 64 years to life, plus 35 years for conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and assault charges. Macias was convicted in December 2012 in a July 5, 2010, attack on Victor Ortiz, an inmate at Donovan State Prison was carried out for the benefit of a street gang.
September 24, 2013
SAN DIEGO---Eme associates George "Monk" Martinez and John Terrones alledged leaders of the Santa Ana based Delhi gang are among 129 Orange County gang members and associates indicted in Operation Smoking Aces. Martinez and Terrones are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin. A subsequent conspiracy charge was lodged against Mario Franco, a member of a separate Santa Ana based gang involved in the distribution of narcotics on behalf of La Eme.
October 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES---82 year old emero George Bustamante is sentenced to serve 6 years in prison under the RICO Act. Authorities charged Bustamante with using his influence as a senior member of the 38th Street gang to coordinate a variety of criminal activities including extortion, drug sales and assaults. Bustamante entered a guilty plea in July in an attempt to escape a 20 year federal term. Previously convicted for Mafia related activities in 1996, Bustamante served nearly four years in federal prison before his release and return to active status as a mafia operative.
October 3, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO---Former Westside gang member Froylan Chiprez is sentenced by Judge William Jefferson Powell to four life terms without parole, plus 125 years to life and an additional 31 years for his role in the "Dead Presidents" quadruple murder in July 2000. Judge Powell commented "Life in prison without the possibility of parole is the only way to keep society safe from what I can only describe as a monster." Chiprez was part of a crew sent to an intra-gang meeting on Vine street on July 9, 2000 to discuss gang business and met out discipline for infractions. The true purpose of the crew consisting of Chiprez, Luis Mendoza, John Ramirez, Lorenzo Arias and others, was to remove Johnny and Gilbert Agudo from their positions as Presidents of the Calle Siete Locos and Lil Counts gangs. Killed during the ambush were the Agudo brothers, Anthony Luna, 27 and Marcelino Luna, 19. Wounded in the attack were Armando Villasenor and Michael Velarde. Killed shortly before the attack was Big Ed Vargas, older half-brother of the Lunas. Chiprez was arrested a decade after the attack in Tijuana, Mexico.
October 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES---32 year old Rudy Aguirre Jr., also known as "Lil Psycho" was sentenced to 25 years to prison. A primary target in a 2009 investigation targeting members of the Avenues gang was charged with the 1999 death of a rival gang member as well as a 2008 slaying of a fellow Avenues member who had been accused of fraudulently taxing Los Angeles gang members for the Mexican Mafia.
October 22, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO--- Albert Angel Amaya aka Big Spanky was arrested in Sedalia, Missouri 5 years after receiving a 25 year to life sentence under the 3 strikes law. Spanky and Javier Joaquin Luque were convicted of extortion and carjacking during a 2006 incident. Luque was also charged of murdering Ronald Jaramillo and Elizabeth Amaya in northern San Bernardino September 2006. Both Amaya and Luque were associates of the Hernandez brothers, two Emero whose attempt to subdue San Bernardino's hispanic gang consortium resulted in a number of murders including the those of Michael "Kiki" Carillo, Ernie "Leche" Carillo, Big Ed Vargas and the Vine Street massacre that claimed among others the lives of the Agudo brothers. Javier Luque is currently serving time in Calipatria..
October 24, 2013
SAN DIEGO--- Rudy Espudo aka Crazy Boy is sentenced to 35 year in prison for his role in a RICO case involving drug distribution and crims of violence. A validated member of the Mexican Mafia representing San Diego county, Espudo oversaw the gang's activities in northern San Diego county. Under Espudo's direction San Diego gang members engaged in drug trafficking, extortion and tax collection. Convicted on 3 counts of the August 2, 2012 indictment, Espudo was found to have distributed methamphetamine and cocaine, brandished a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence in addition to the RICO charges. Convicted along with Espudo were 7 members of the Escondido based Diablos, West Side and Varrio Fallbrook Locos gang.
Rudy Espudo, aka Crazy Boy Age 41, Escondido, California
Pablo Franco aka Casper, Age 31, Escondido, California
Francisco Gutierrez aka Bullet, Age 29, Fallbrook, California
Julio Solorzano aka Mowgli, Age 20, Escondido, California
Hector Fernandez aka Evil, Age 23, Escondido, California
Jose Cornejo aka Rabbit, Age 21, EScondido, California
Hector Garcia aka Studders, Age 20, Escondido, California
November 19, 2013
OXNARD--- Authorities announced the arrest of 14 of 17 defendants named in the third phase of Operation SuperNova by a multi-agency task force targeting Mexican Mafia-affiliated street gangs in Ventura County. The year-long undercover operation featured a series of narcotics transactions which resulted in the seizure of 2 lbs., of methamphetamine and an unknown quantity of heroin supplied by a Mexican DTO controlled by alledged Mexican Mafia member Martin Madrigal-Cazares. Among those targeted in phase three were the "shot callers" of a number of Ventura and Oxnard gangs including Lemonwood, Surtown and the Ventura Avenue Gangsters. Among those named in the indictment were:
David Acosta, 33
Daniel Armendariz, 38
Pedro Arrieta, 42
Robert De La Cerda, 35
Lina Fuentes, 35
Daniel Gonzales, 40
Phillip Guerra, 28
Ruben Hernandez, 20
Alejandro Herrera, 38
David Leal, 44
Martin Madrigal-Cazares, 38
Dillon Mansell, 21
Armando Molina, 30
Edwin Mora, 29
Librado Navarrete, 27
Frank Ruiz, 32
Javier Tamayo, 35
November 21, 2013
POMONA---34 year old Robert Gonzales Castro, was found guilty of murder with two special circumstances of a killing committed during the commission of a robbery and committing a previous murder. A self-admitted member of the Pomona 12th Street gang, Castro faces a death sentence for the May 18, 2008 shooting death of Juan Genaro Gonzalez in front of a Moreno Valley home. Charged in the case were Steven Ray Eynon "who entered a plea of guilty to the charges," and Castro's brother Anthony Gonzalez who was acquitted in the death of Gonzalez. Both men pled guilty to the Moreno Valley murder of 58 year old Ronald Sexson who was killed when he discovered the pair climbing out of a window at his home. Both were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
November 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES--- Jurors convict Andre Upshaw on two counts of murder and one attempted murder count in a March 2009 incident in the Echo and Glassell Park neighborhoods. On March 1, 2009, Upshaw drove from his Pasadena home to Echo Park where he wounded William Vargas on Echo Park Avenue. He then drove around the corner and confronted Eric Zamarripa aka Chopper, an influential leader of the Echo Park Gang. Approximately 30 minutes later Upshaw shot and killed Carlos Gonzalez another member of the Echo Park gang in the 4300 block of Toland Way. Upshaw seeking to curry favor with Mexican Mafia leaders carried out the attacks against members of his own gang. Zamarippa was reportedly calling shots for the Echo Park Gang at the time of his murder.
December 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES---20 members and associates of MS-13 were charged with violations which include distribution of methamphetamine and extortion activities in the areas of Los Angeles where the gang operates. These areas include the Rampart, Wilshire, Olympic and Hollywood areas.
Those charged in the federal indictments are listed below.
Thomas Rodriguez, aka “Big Boy,” 35, Los Angeles, arrested
Jose Rodriguez, aka “Dreamer,” 34, Los Angeles, arrested
Jorge Orellana, aka “Spike,” 34, Los Angeles, arrested
Anival Orellana, aka “Pantera,” 35, Los Angeles, arrested
Juan Garcia, aka “Duende,” 32, Los Angeles, arrested
Rogelio Lemus, aka “Sky,” 42, Los Angeles, arrested
Elvis Molina, aka “Lil Comando,” 33, Lynwood, fugitive
Jose Avelar, aka “Chema,” 38, Los Angeles, arrested
Lazaro Nunez, aka “Fino,” 28, Los Angeles, arrested
Fabel Roque, aka “Spooky,” 25, Kansas City, arrested
Sandra Hernandez Chinchila, 40, Valencia, arrested
Mario Morales, aka “Plucky,” already in custody on unrelated charges
Luis Vega, aka “Lil One,” 29, already in custody on unrelated charges
Edwin Castillo, aka “Directo,” 31, already in custody on unrelated charges
The state defendants are listed below.
Santos Ventura, aka “Payaso,” 30, Los Angeles
Jonathan Chavez, aka “Lento,” 25, Los Angeles
Thomas Linares, aka “Lil Lonely,” 30, Los Angeles
Oscar Chavez, 28, Los Angeles
Ivan Castro, aka Inocente,” 21, already in custody
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