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|NUESTRA FAMILIA TIMELINE
October 28, 1940
Robert Joseph "Death row" Gonzales is born in Oxnard, California.
February 20, 1945
Robert "Babo" Rios Sosa born.
March 28, 1951
Michael "Mikeo" E. Castillo born.
A.-Familia gang forms in Soledad prison. Founders of the group were Lil John "de Valley," Haero
Morgan "de Clanton," Freddy Gonzales " de San Diego," Sammy "de New Mexico" and Chalo "de
Bakersfield." The gangs initial guidelines were written by Lil John and Chalo. Lil John assumed the role
of group Padre and Chalo served as his right hand under the title of Mijo.
July 30, 1965
B.-Jess Ontiveros is murdered during a robbery outside of the Tiajuna Cafe in Oxnard, California. Gang
leader Robert Joseph Gonzales (24), Bobby Joe Barkley (14), David (15) and Daniel Alacron (19) are
arrested and charged with murder.
November 11, 1965
C.-Robert Joseph Gonzales (25) is convicted of murder in the first degree.
November 28, 1965
C.-A jury recommends Robert Joseph Gonzales (25) be put to death for the robbery and murder of Jess
January 11, 1966
A.-Robert Joseph Gonzales is sentenced to death by the administration of lethal gas.
January 18, 1966
B.-Gonzales is received at San Quentin.
A.-Familia founders are shipped off to San Quentin where the southern California based Mexican mafia
B.-Familia Padre Lil John is paroled. Family members vote Chalo in as the new Padre, Freddy Gonzales
takes his place as Mijo.
C.-On appeal the death sentence of Joe Gonzales is overturned. Gonzales continues to serve a 5 year to
life sentence related to the robbery charge.
A.-Phillip Neri a friend of Familia Padre Chalo is murdered by the Mexican Mafia in San Quentin.
B.-Sonny Pena a gang member from northern California is murdered by the Mexican Mafia at San
September 15, 1968
Hector Padilla a northern California gang member is attacked by Mexican mafia leader Robert "Robot"
Salas in a dispute over a stolen pair of shoes. Padilla is severely wounded in the attack. Later in the day
a menito from Marvilla is also hit by Eme members.
September 16, 1968
In conjunction with the El Paso tip, Familia launches an attack on Eme members just before the last
lockup of the day. The violence which was launched in the south block of section A at 2:30, left 7
inmates wounded and 1 Eme soldier dead.
Freddy Gonzales one of the founders of La Familia dies of a heroin overdose. Gonzales was the last of
the founding members still involved with the gang.
Robert Rios "Babo" Sosa (Supreme commander) and Death Row Joe Gonzales (1st lieutenant)
reorganize La Familia renaming the group Nuestra Familia using a paramilitary structure. Gonzales
authors the groups constitution and acts as the gangs security director.
February 3, 1972
Nuestra Familia member Fred Charles Castillo "de Stockton" is transfered to Chino from Folsom after
several run-ins with Eme members.
April 21, 1972
Aryan Brotherhood members Fred Steve Mendrin and Donald Ray Hale murder Nuestra Familia
member Fred Charles Castillo. The murder reportedly seals a pact between the Aryan Brotherhood and
December 12, 1972
Nuestra Familia members Santos and Gilbert Arenda are stabbed by Eme members.
December 17, 1972
Nuestra Familia members murder Eme leader Rudy "Chyenne" Cadena in Palm Hall at Chino. Cadena is
stabbed 70 times before his body was hurled from the third tier to the main floor of the maximum
security unit. The murder was committed in retaliation for the attacks on the Arenda brothers.
Nuestra familia establishes a prescence on the streets of Fresno, California. Gang investigators take note
for the first time gang related graffiti with the symbol F-14 "a reference to Nuestra Familia's first sub-
group." Fresno's four major varrios Eastside, Parkside, Sunset and Pinedale unite to form the nucleus of
F-14 members doing Nuestra's bidding.
August 25, 1973
Michael Rodriguez a convict at Duel Vocational Institute (DVI) is attacked and killed by members of his clique.
June 11, 1973
Jess Valenzuela returned to Palm Hall as a parole violator.
Jess Valenzuela 29 year old Nuestra familia member from Oxnard is stabbbed to death in the maximum
security wing of Palm Hall at Chino prison.
December 8, 1974
Eddie Gunn a Duel Vocational Institute (DVI) con is stabbed to death on the order of Sosa passed the order through Larry Saldivar.
June 8, 1975
Duel Vocational Institute (DVI) inmate Randy Roff is murdered by two familia soldiers. No one was ever convicted as the only eye witnesses to the attack decided not to co-operate at all with investigators.
October 21, 1975
The murder of Robert Consol was ordered by Felix Avilos. It was carried out at DVI by familia soldiers who distracted a guard while the attack took place.
A.-Active Nuestra Familia regiment found to control the (CYA) facility at Preston.
B.-Nuestra Familia's first street regiment organized in Fresno. The regiment begins taxing pimps,
prostitutes and drug dealers. The proceeds are put into a central "bank" fund to be used for support of
incarcerated gang members.
C.-Nuestra Familia establishes regiments in Salinas, Bakersfield, San Jose, Stockton, Visalia and various
parts of San Bernardino county.
15 year old Carlos "Casper" Silva a Preston parolee is arrested murders 3 people witin a seven week
span on behalf of Nuestra familia.
October 3, 1976
Henry R. Escarsega 26, is stabbed six times in the chest at the Stockton county jail. Escarsega told jail deputies he was grabbed from behind by persons unknown who stabbed him for reason unknown. He did say he believed the attackers to have been members of La Familia.
October 10, 1976
Joe Gonzales orders the murder of familiano Richard Hernandez for failing to carry out orders. Rudy
Del Real and Rudolfo Quilon complete the order.
December 12, 1976
Mexican mafia associate Alejandro Moreno is stabbed to death at a Salinas work camp by Nuestra
December 18, 1976
Familia soldier Jerry Blanco is lured to a friend’s house and murdered for failing to carryout familia orders and using heroin.
December 27, 1976
James “Jesse James” Cozad is arrested for using heroin. Fearful that he will be killed for violating the Familia’s revised constitutional ban against heroin use, Cozad decided to seek law enforcement protection in exchange for information on familia efforts to organize regiments in several Northern California communities.
December 31, 1976
The body of Gloria Rice is found in a Salinas alley. Rice "who was stabbed 94 times by familia soldiers
Ernie Castro and Jesse Gomez," witnessed the murder of her husband by a Nuestra familia soldier in a
25 year old Chol Soo Lee, reportedly second in command of the Asian Family a Nuestra affiliate group stabs 21 year old Morrison Lee Needham a member of the Aryan Brotherhood at Duel Vocational Institute (DVI). Lee was serving a life sentence for a gang related murder in San Francisco. Needham was serving time for the sexual assault and hanging of a boy while in county jail. Needham pled guilty to aiding and abetting in a suicide in order to escape a murder charge.
March 7, 1977
32 year old John Joseph Hernandez “Mousie” is arrested on a grand jury indictment issued by the Monterey County Sheriff charging him with conspiracy in the death of Jerry Blanco.
March 27, 1977
Fabio Garza a Nuestra Familia soldier is murdered for stealing money belonging to the gang and using
April 15, 1977
Jose R. Guerra former Nuestra Familia lieutenant in Gilroy testifies that he was accountable to John J. Hernandez who had been charged with ordering the murder of Jerry Blanco a member of the Tracy regiment. Guerra reportedly passed on the order to murder Blanco from Hernandez to Flavio Garza, a squadron leader in Gilroy who then ordered soldiers Jose Louis Alfaro and Ralph Vasquez who carried out the hit. Guerra also detailed Hernandez’s control of a Stockton unit that was administered by Lieutenant James B. Cozad. Cozad had previously pled guilty to ordering Blanco’s death and had appeared previously as a prosecution witness. Blanco was a member of Cozad’s Stockton regiment.
April 21, 1977
Jose Louis Alfaro,24 and Ralph Vasquez 27, both members of the Familia’s Gilroy regiment are found guilty of 1st degree murder in the death of Jerry Blanco a member of the Stockton Regiment. The murder of Blanco “December 18, 1976” was the result of efforts by Familia lieutenant James “Jesse James” Cozad to organize the Stockton area on behalf of the Familia. Cozad appointed Frank Lopez squadron leader and he subsequently brought Blanco into the fold as a soldier. Blanco failed to carryout orders to commit crimes to subsidize the Familia bank. He was also suspected of using heroin a crime punishable by death under the Familia’s revised constitution.
May 11, 1977
Gregory A. Gomez a 25 year old Salinas resident and Familia associate was stabbed near his cell at Duel Vocational Institute. Gomez death was retribution for a sexually related attack on a 15 year old Salinas boy. Gomez and Jesus A. Rodriguez, 25, were convicted in the attack of the boy who was the younger brother of a Familia lieutenant.
July 4, 1977
Larry Mondragon a 22 year old Familia solider serving time for burglary and assault at Duel Vocational Institute is stabbed by two other Familia members. Mondragon who suffered wounds to his chest, back, neck and arms later recovered.
July 21, 1977
Ralph Rubio described as a 33 year old recruiter for Nuestra Familia and Robert Macias 22, are charged with participating in the stabbing death of Gregory Gomez. Macias was described as a known associate of La Familia
September 24, 1977
Death Row Joe Gonzales's order to murder of Nuestra soldier Eddie Serna for cooperating with
authorities is passed on by Lieutenant Richard Din Castro to Robert Flores and Robert "Brown Bob"
Viramontes. Flores and Viramontes strangle and hang Serna in his cell at the Salinas county jail.
October 11, 1977
Familia enforcer Robert Larry Adame 23, is sentenced to serve a life term for the Fresno murder of Lupe Venegas.
November 3, 1977
Five familia associates are charged in connection with a $4,100 robbery in Merced. David Hernandez 27, of Bakersfield, Alex Agundez 22, and Edward Hglesigas, 27 both of Union City, Lupe Valenzuela, 18 of Bakersfileld and Hector “Copas” Gallegos, 26 are held over for trial.
A.-John Joseph "Mousey" Hernanez "command captain" and Robert Prado Rocha "squad leader" agree
to testify against Nuestra familia leaders before a Monterey County Grand Jury. Ranked third in the
organization, Hernandez is replaced by Art Beltran.
A.-Hernanez, Flores and Rocha testify before the Monterey County Grand Jury investigating Nuestra
familia's activities in that area.
April 28, 1978
Danilo Melnedez a Familia defector and a founding member of the Fresno Bulldogs is stabbed to death at Duel Vocational Institute (DVI)
May 24, 1978
7 members of la familia are indicted in connection with a shootout which left two people dead. Based on information gathered from Raymond Duran Perez, 25, Eddie Adrian Vindiola, 29, aka “Crackers” and Samuel Venegas, 32 planned the attacks.
June 2, 1978
Rodney Hollingsworth a 21 year old inmate at Duel Vocational Institute is murdered on the order of Death Row Joe Gonzales. Hollingsworth was stabbed 27 times in the chest, back and arms by three men who attacked him during a yard exercise period. Edward Ortega, Manuel Torres and Manuel Aranda were charged in the attack. At least two guards witnessed the three inmates chase, tackle and stab Hollingsworth.
Nuestra 1st lieutenant Death Row Joe Gonzales requests a new defense attorney citing a conflict of
interest in sharing an attorney with his co-defendants on multiple murder charges sparking rumors of
plans to defect.
October 12, 1978
Art Beltran becomes the second top ranked Nuestra commander to defect. Beltran enters a guilty plea on two counts of second degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder and receives
immunity from future prosecution in a San Joaquin county court. Beltran exposes familia regiments
previously unknown to law enforcement in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento.
December 7, 1978
Nuestra Familia General Robert Rios Sosa is charged with conspiracy to commit murder while on trial in Monterrey County on three counts of murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Sosa had prior convictions dating back to 1966 when he was convicted of second degree burglary in Santa Barbara. He was later convicted of robbery there in 1970 and again in San Diego in 1976. Also charged were:
First Capitan Joseph “Death Row Joe” Gonzales 38, also on trial on the same charges as Sosa. Gonzales had prior convictions for possessing a sharp instrument while a prisoner in San Bernardino county. First degree murder and robbery in Ventura County.
Intermediate Leader – Lawrence A. Saldivar, 33, of Oxnard was convicted of murder in Ventura County in May 1978 Saldivar’s prior convictions included first degree burglary with use of a firearm in Imperial County and Second degree burglary in Monterrey County.
Intermediate Leader – Lawrence “Fig” Avilos, 27, of Oxnard was convicted of first degree murder in San Joaquin County in July 1973.
Sosa and Gonzales were accused of ordering the execution of members such as Familia leader
Michael Rodriquez, a DVI convict who was murdered August 25, 1973. Fernando Yanez a Stockton area resident was alleged to have been Yanez’s killer.
June 7, 1979
William Romo, 27, is shot and killed in San Jose. Authorities tie his death to a Familia plot.
Robert "Black Bob" Vasquez pushes for the impeachment of Nuestra supreme commander Robert
"Babo" Sosa for what he and his supporters call cowardice. Facing trial, Sosa had ordered familiano to
scale back their level of violence in the face of intense federal pressure. The charges effectively create
two hostile factions amoung familiano pitting Vasquez against Sosa for control.
A.-Robert Rios Sosa is indicted on racketeering charges which include 8 murders. A Sosa supporter is
murdered by members of the Vasquez faction at DVI near Tracey.
B.-57 year old Raymond F. Johns an associate of Nuestra Familia is questioned in the strangulation
death of his 32 year old wife Maureen Rettig.
Death Row Joe Gonzales is convicted of federal racketeering charges and sentenced to 20 years. He was
also convicted of three counts of murder in Monterey county and pled guilty to three of nine murders in
San Joaquin County.
January 19 ,1982
25 members of Nuestra Familia are named in a Racketeering indictment. The indicted members were
Robert Rios Sosa, Joe Gonzales, Art Beltran, Arturo Serrato, Kenneth Cassie, Raymond Castaneda, Jose
Cobos, Raymond Contreras, James Cozad, Anselmo Eddie Dominquez, Afredo Elizalde, Robert Flores,
Reynaldo Garcia Jr., David Hernandez, Phillip Lopez, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ruben Seja, Daniel Serrano,
William R. Soto, Sammy Henegas, Ruben Garnica, Manuel Montelongo, Eddie Vindiola, Cesar
Gutierrez and Alfredo Guerro.
A.-Robert "Black Bob" Vasquez emerges as the dominant figure in Nuestra familia. Robert "Babo" Sosa
is convicted and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in addition to being impeached as Nuestra's supreme commander. Vasquez also removes Sosa's top lieutenants Larry Saldivar and Snake Guheen.
B.-Vasquez scraps la familia's paramilitary setup. In its place he sets up La Tabla also known as the
MESA and OGB (Organizational Governing Body). Under the new structure, Vasquez established three
categories seperating members by rank and experience. Category I- consisted of new recruits and
members returning to the fold who had not cooperated with law enforcement. Members who chose to
remain with Sosa were grouped in this category. Category II- Experienced members who's duties
entailed schooling category I members in survival tactics. Category III- The management level.
Raymond F. Johns is arrested for the death of Nancy Johnson. Johnson was beaten and strangled in her
Mountain View mobile home.
Joseph "Pinky" Hernandez, Pablo "Panther" Pena and Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez devise a "hit" list
comprised of (NF) hermits and enemies to be eliminated after Chavez is released on parole. The names
of Tony "Little Weasel" Herrera, James "Jocko" Esparza and Carlos Mejia are amoung the condemed.
April 19, 1990
Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez is paroled from Tehachapi State Prison to San Jose with orders from (NF)
Generals Vincent "Chente" Arroyo and Joseph "Pinky" Hernandez to re-establish the San Jose regiment.
Chavez is appointed temporary (RSD) of the San Jose regiment with orders to report his progress and
activities to Hernandez weekly by kite at Tehachapi.
May 27, 1990
Ronald " Lucky" Shelton is paroled to San Jose with orders to assume command of the San Jose
July 4, 1990
Carlos "Weasel" Mejias is stabbed outside of a San Jose liquor store in retaliation for ordering the death
of a Nuestra Familia member. Lorenzo "Lencho" Guzman and Victor "Sleepy" Esquibel are identified as
the suspects. Guzman and Esquibel mistakenly report that Mejias has been murdered to familiano
August 13, 1990
William "Indio" Agundez slips out of his waist chains and beats a fellow inmate at the San Jose county
jail. The attack is believed to have been issued by imprisoned Nuestra leaders.
Nuestra Familia meeting is held at the home of Lisa Quevas at the request of Andrew "Mad Dog"
Cervantes (RSD) of the Stockton regiment. Cervantes demotes Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez to second in
command of the San Jose regiment and names Ronald "Lucky" Shelton San Jose's new (RSD) Regional
September 17, 1990
Bobby "Silent" Lopez is paroled and becomes active within the San Jose regiment.
October 22, 1990
familiano William "Indio" Agundez gaves a formal statement on Nuestra familia's activities in San Jose
to Inspector Sandra Williams. In retaliation later the same day, an inmate slashes the throat of Agundez's
brother at San Quentin.
November 17, 1990
(NF) meeting is held which was attended by Ronald Shelton, Bobby Lopez and James "Huero"
Trujeque. After San Jose drug dealer John Blanco accuses Tony Herrera of being an informant Ronald
Shelton issues a green light but states he will handle the assignment personally to set an example as
(RSD). Sheldon "Skip" Villanueva (NF) lieutenant agrees to assist Shelton with the hit.
November 19, 1990
(NF) meeting is held which was attended by Ronald Shelton, Bobby Lopez and James "Huero"
Trujeque. After San Jose drug dealer John Blanco accuses Tony Herrera of being an informant Ronald
Shelton issues a green light but states he will handle the assignment personally to set an example as (RSD).
November 20, 1990
San Jose drug dealer Tony "Litle Weasel" Herrera is shot 8 times in the head and left in the middle of
Wooster Avenue. Herrera had provided information to police which led to the arrest of familiano leader
Sheldon "Skip" Villanueva the day before his murder.
A.-Bobby "Silent" Lopez is promoted to the post of (SD) Security Director of the San Jose regiment.
Lopez notifies Louie Chavez that his status is on freeze until he brings the organization a body.
B.-Robert "Fat cow" Jasso comments "Fuck Lucky, I know Lucky killed Tony at the funeral of Tony
Herrera. The comments are taken by Shelton as a show of disrespect for his position on the streets of
San Jose and (NF). Shelton orders the murder of Jasso as a lesson to others.
March 15, 1991
Lorenzo "Lencho" Guzman and Victor "Sleeper" Esquibel are convicted in the stabbing of Nuestra
hermit Carlos "Weasel" Mejias on July 4.
March 23, 1991
Fresno Bulldog gang leader Gabriel Coronado suffers a slash to his throat in an attack by familiano
Leonel Jose Cano in the Santa Clara county jail. The event leads to Coronado's defection from the F-14
(NF) members further discuss plans to murder Robert Jasso. Bobby "Silent" Lopez, Jason Vasquez and
Robert Rios search for Jasso without success.
April 15, 1991
Larry Valles an aspiring boxer is murdered by Ronald "Lucky" Shelton and Bobby "Silent" Lopez after
refusing their demand for 25% of the proceeds of his narcotics transactions. Shelton shoots Valles
between the eyes
Bobby Lopez is arrested for violating the terms of his parole. While imprisoned Lopez names Jerry
"Cripple" Salazar San Jose regiment head of security the second highest regimental position.
Familiano Elias Rosas is stabbed to death after disrespecting imprisoned Nuestra leaders who refused to
sanction the murder of a man who robbed his home. Northern Structure member Raul "Roy" Reveles
committed the act.
June 26, 1991
Familiano Elias Rosas is stabbed to death after disrespecting imprisoned Nuestra leaders who refused to
sanction the murder of a man who robbed his home. Northern Structure member Raul "Roy" Reveles
committed the act.
A.-Bobby Lopez authorizes the murder of Alphonso "Huero" Urango for disrespecting (NF). Urango
held two guns belonging to (NF) which he proposed to trade for two grams of PCP. Lopez took offense
to the proposal and issued the green light.
B.-Ronald "Lucky" Shelton is arrested [early July] and appoints Jerry "Cripple" Salazar acting (RSD).
C.-Herminio "Spankio" Serna is paroled [mid July] receives Lopez blessing and takes over as San Jose's
(RSD), Jerry Salazar resumes his normal spot as (HoS) Head of Security.
July 22, 1991
Familiano Daniel Ray Mendoza (Salinas) is shot and killed after lunging for a baliff's gun during his
arraignment on charges of armed robbery, burglary and possession of stolen property.
July 24, 1991
Herminio Serna shoots Esteban Guzman during a drug ripoff. Guzman angered regimental leaders by
selling his narcotics at a cheaper price than (NF) set street price in San Jose.
July 25, 1991
Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez gives copies of the "hit" list copiled while he was in prison along with a
(NF) membership list to his parole officer E.J. Allen.
July 28, 1991
Martin and Hermino "Spankio" Serna shoot Martin Bacos to death at Santee Elementary School in San
Ronald Shelton begins plotting the murder of Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez.
August 26, 1991
(NF) meeting held at Anthony Guzman's apartment, the murders of Bobby Lopez's girlfriend Sheila
Apodaca and Ray Perez are discussed. Apodaca was suspected of providing information to the police
and had been carrying on an affair with Ray Perez.
August 27, 1991
Guzman and Shelton are arrested, Shelton relays a message to Bobby Lopez to continue with the plan to
kill Apodaca and Ray "Chocolate" Perez.
August 28, 1991
Sheila Apodaca the girlfriend of familiano leader Bobby "Silent" Lopez is murdered after she threatens
to expose his role in San Jose's familia connected murders.
August 29, 1991
Salazar meets with James Trujeque and Mendoza to finalize the plto to kill Perez. Ray "Chocalate"
Perez is shot to death on the order of Ronald "Lucky" Shelton.
A.-"Smiley" Joe Ramirez tells Louie Chavez that he (Chavez) is on the (NF) hit list.
B.-Santos "Bad boy" Burnias phones Jerry Salazar in Utah to return to San Jose to assist with the Jasso
C.-Santos Burnias and Joey Gonzalez shoot Robert Jasso in the head. Jasso survives the attack and
Burnias later admits to Skip Villanueva that he was the triggerman in the attack.
October 21, 1991
Louie "Dumptruck" Chavez agrees to testify against members of Nuestra familia.
November 29, 1991
Drugs and prison made weapons are discovered on the fourth floor of the Santa Clara county jail where
several members of Nuestra familia are housed.
June 1, 1992
21 Nuestra Familia members are indicted by the Santa Clara grand jury in connection with the gangs
San Jose regiments activities. The indicted were Vincent "Chente" Arroyo, Santos "Bad Boy" Burnias,
Leonel "Leo" Cano, Andrew "Mad dog" Cervantes, Anthony "Chico" Guzman, Joseph "Pinky"
Hernandez, Timothy "Timo" Hernandez, Bobby "Silent" Lopez, Alice Perez Lomelin, Carlos "Gusano"
Mendoza, Irene Nieto, Raul "Roy" Reveles, Jerry "Cripple" Salazar, Herminio "Spankio" Serna, Martin
Serna, Ronald "Lucky" Shelton, Carmen Trinidad, James "Huevo" Trujeque, Eddie "Flaco" Vargas,
Sheldon "Skip" Villanueva and Celeste Williams.
September 27, 1993
Paul Farfan is ambushed during a familia organized robbery and murdered. Farfan's body was found in
Watson Park in San Jose. Northern Structure leader Adam Caris and Louis Oliverez Jr., are accused of
carrying out the crime.
December 15, 1993
Ronald "Lucky" Shelton, Jerry "Cripple" Salazar the top two figures in the San Jose regiment admit
ordering 6 murders in San Jose in exchange for a deal which would remove the death penalty as a
possible punishment for them. The two immediately are taken into protective custody by federal
May 14, 1994
Familiano Joseph Anthony Meza is shot to death for failing to pay for narcotics he was given by higher
ranking Nuestra members.
May 31, 1994
Adam Caris is released from San Quentin inadvertantly hours before he is indicted for the murder of
Paul Farfan in 1993.
June 2, 1994
8 Nuestra Familia members and associates are indicted in a second wave of pressure on the gangs San
Jose regiment. Vincent "Chente" Arroyo, Carlos Mendoza, Deborah Mendoza, Louis Oliverez Jr.,
Guadalupe Mary Segura and Jeanette Alarcon.
February 23, 1995
Familiano Javier Zubiate and Rafael Ampier Jr., enter not guilty pleas in the robbery murder of Joseph
Littlewolf Lincoln in Santa Rosa on February 10.
November 2, 1995
Familiano Javier Zubiate is sentenced to serve 19 years to life for the murder of Joseph Lincoln during a
March 28, 1996
1992 Nuestra Familia trial gets underway 4 years after the initial indictment was handed down.
March 30, 1996
Racketeering indictment handed down against the Stockton regiment. George Albert Quinones Stockton
(HoS) pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Dioncycio T. Gerolaga Sr., Stockton (RSD)
also pleads guilty to conducting a criminal enterprise.
Familia trial is potponed after Vincent "Chente" Arroyo agrees to plead guilty to robbery charges.
Arroyo "a member of la Mesa," agrees to testify on behalf of the prosecution in exchange for a 25 year
term with parole eligibility after 17 years.
January 12, 1997
The 1992 Nuestra familia trial restarts. Only 4 of the original 21 indicted in the case remain.
July 14, 1997
Nuestra Familia case ends in conviction for Bobby "Silent" Lopez, James "Huero" Trujeque, Hermino
"Spankio" Serna and Eddie "Pajaro" Vargas.
August 15, 1997
Familiano Eddie "Pajaro" Vargas is sentenced to 60 years in prison.
September 13, 1997
James "Huero" Trujeque and Hermino "Spankio" Serna are sentenced to death ending the 1992 Nuestra
Familia trial. The final tally places the cost of the trial at $10 million.
October 8, 1997
Albert "Beto" Guillen, Edward "Roach" Aroche and William "Dreamer" Fernandez are sentenced to life
in prison without parole for multiple murders committed on behalf of Nuestra Familia's San Jose
November 14, 1997
Bobby "Silent" Lopez second in command of the San Jose regiment is sentenced to death for ordering
April 15, 1998
Stockton regiment lieutenant Andrew Fred Cervantes "Mad dog" and Nuestra Raza member David
Marquez are indicted on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and
August 19, 1998
Deathrow Joe Gonzales former Nuestra Familia first lieutenant is denied parole.
August 19, 1998
Michael "Mikeo" Castillo Nuestra familia lieutenant and Salinas regiment commander aligned with Matt
Rocha is murdered by Rico "Smiley" Garcia and Ceasar "Lobo" Ramirez.
October 27, 1998
Familiano Cesar "Lobo" Ramirez is shot by gunmen loyal to imprisoned Nuestra leader Matt Rocha.
The shooting is in retaliation for the murder of Mikeo Castillo.
October 30, 1998
Salinas police disrupt an attempt by Garcia's crew to murder Nuestra general Hector "Copas" Gallegos.
November 1, 1998
Garcia crew members Gabriel Gutierrez, Paul Salcido, Humberto Estrada and Jimmy Guevara shoot
Geronimo Garza and Maria Lopez in retaliation for the attack on Rico Garcia.
November 10, 1998
Garcia crew members Gabriel Gutierrez, Paul Salcido, Humberto Estrada and Jimmy Guevara shoot
Geronimo Garza and Maria Lopez in retaliation for the attack on Rico Garcia.
April 20, 1999
Nuestra general Robert "Brown Bob" Viramontes is gunned down in front of his home in Campbell.
Viramontes murder was sanctioned by Regiment commander Gerald Rubalcaba and Mesa member Tex
Hernandez. Santos "Bad Boy" Burnias, David "Dreamer" Escamila, Antonio "Chuco" Guillen and
Albert "Beto" Avila comprise the hit team.
May 14, 1999
Albert "Beto" Avila is shot and killed for failing to properly dispose of the auto used in the Viramontes
murder. Rudy "Night owl" Moreno is the prime suspect in the murder.
October 28, 1999
Rudy Moreno, Santos Burnias, David Escamila and Antonio Guillen are charged with the murder of
November 25, 1999
Pietro Garcia familiano San Leandro security director is charged with the murder of ousted familiano Joseph Meza. Meza's murder was ordered for stealing narcotics belonging to Nuestra familia.
February 1, 2000
Hector "Copas" Gallegos waves indictment by a federal grand jury and pled guilty to conspiracy to
murder Fred Perez, Rman Herrera, David Mendoza and an individual known only as Jose. A second
guilty plea was entered in the case of Gallegos and 500 grams of methamphetamine and heroin.
(NF) senior lieutenant Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez is paroled to the Santa Barbara area.
Hernandez is arrested for violating the terms and conditions of his parole and returned to Corcoran State
November 9, 2000
Carlos "Charlie Brown' Alcala of Salinas pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of meth and
Daniel Hernandez is paroled from Corcoran and begins co-operating with the FBI.
Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez is indicted on racketeering and murder charges.
January 5, 2001
Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez sends a kite to Joseph "Pinky" Hernandez requesting his assistance in obtaining permission to act as the sole controller of the San Jose area. Hernandez is unhappy that Matt
Rocha is exherting a bit of control on San Jose's streets.
Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez demands 25% of the profits from a counter-feitting operation run by (NF)
associate Jeff Allen.
(NF) Familiano Robert "Chico" Rose informs Daniel Hernandez that he thinks he has been put on freeze
for bad mouthing Jimmy "Wino" Sieraoski. Hernandez and Rose organize a meeting which plans for re-
organizing the San Jose regiment are announced. Plans are also made to establish regiments in Visalia
Daniel Hernandez meets with Jimmy Sieraoski's mother and tells her to route all mail through him..
Daniel Hernandez sends a red line to several imprisoned (NF) leaders recommeding the impeachment of
(NF) General Gerald "Cuete" Rubalcaba and lieutenant Sheldon Villanueva. The red line also called for
(NF) lieutenant David Cervantes to be put on retirement status.
Daniel Hernandez attempts to alienate Henry Cervantes from imprisoned (NF) leader Gerald "Cuete"
Rubalcaba by telling him falsely that Rubalcaba has deemed him (Cervantes) as being no good because
he has betrayed the organization. He also states that (NF) leaders Sheldon "Skip" Villanueva and James
"Conejo" Perez are under investigation. On order of his FBI handlers, Hernandez squashes rumors that
Santos Burnias is co-operating with authorities. Hernandez labels Robert "Huerito" Gratton no good.
Daniel Hernandez writes red lines "on request of the FBI," to (NF) General Cornelio "Corny" Tristan,
(SD) Daniel "Stork" Perez and General James "Tibbs" Morado stating that he is incharge of the street
operations for (NF) and General Gerald "Cuete" Rubalcaba and Sheldon Villanueva are interfering with
Daniel Hernandez instructs familiano Israel "Silent" Mendoza to keep him informed of every drug deal.
February 1, 2001
Hernandez sends a red line informing General Gerald Rubalcaba that he has deposited $3,000 in the
(NF) bank and forwarded $1,000 to Sieraoski's crew.
February 3, 2001
Santa Rosa familiano Robert "Wolfie" Haas asks Daniel Hernandez to check out Jason Bachmeier
before he makes him a member of his Wolfpack crew.
February 7, 2001
A.-Jimmy Sieraoski sends Hernandez a kite ordering all communication with Robert Rose to cease.
Hernandez decides to ignore the order along with several others.
B.-Daniel Hernandez instructs Israel Mendoza what prices to charge for narcotics.
February 14, 2001
A.-Southside Stockstone gang members Jose Azua and Eric Espinoza receive 7 years in prison for
selling drugs. Samuel Zapata was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
B.-Daniel Hernandez instructs familiano Ramiro "Goose" Garcia to cut ties with San Jose regiment (SD)
Antonio "Chuco" Guillen.
February 19, 2001
Daniel Hernandez sends Corny Tristan a red line complaining about Jimmy "Travieso" Morales.
Hernandez makes accusations of betrayal against Morales which could have led to their death and or
banishment from (NF). Hernandez reiterates his desire to have Rubalcaba and Villanueva impeached for
interfering with his authority on the street. Hernandez goes on to accuse James "Conejo" Perez of not
earning his authority within the gang. Copies of the red line were sent to Sieraoski at Corcoran State
Prison and Joseph "Pinky" Hernandez at Pelican Bay.
March 7, 2001
Hector "Copas" Gallegos author of the 14 bonds becomes the latest victm of the governments onslaught
against Nuestra familia when he is sentenced to serve a term of 20 years in federal custody and 10 years
supervised conduct. Carlos Alcala is sentenced to 130 months in federal custody.
March 9, 2001
Daniel Hernandez instructs familiano Ramiro Garcia to eliminate Mark "Caja" Rodriquez if he continues
to be an obsticle. Hernandez suggests to Alberto Larez that Jaime "Smokey" Rodriquez and Paul
"Powder" Killinger would be good choices for (RSD) and (HoS) of the Salinas regiment.
March 11, 2001
(NF) regimental commanders hold a junta where Hernandez falsely states that Sheldon Villanueva and
General James "Tibbs Morado are under investigation and James "Blackie" Enriquez is on freeze.
March 22, 2001
Daniel Hernandez instructs Robert Rose the he (Rose) is under the (GOP)General of prisons and
therefore anserws to the command of Hernandez. Against the wishes of Sieraoski, Hernandez names
Rose (RSD) of the San Jose regiment.
March 28, 2001
Joseph "Pinky" Hernandes in a red line to Daniel "Lizard" Hernandes refused to acknowledge as the
(NF) street commander and orders him to continue reporting to Jimmy "Wino" Sieraoski at Corcoran
and Sieraoski's regiment commander Jose "Huerito" Gonzalez. Lizard Hernandes is warned about
sticking his chest out and doing unnecessary things.
March 30, 2001
Rico Garcia instructs Albert Larez to assist his defense investigators to obtain a list of witnesses against
(NF). Larez informs Daniel Hernandez of his cooperation and is told that he shouldn't listen to Garcia
who has no authority as he is in jail.
April 5, 2001
Larez is arrested along with Jaime "Smokey" Rodriquez and Paul "Powder" Killinger.
April 12, 2001
A.-Nuestra familiano Robert "Wolfie" Haas is arrested and charged with a parole violation.
B.-Israel "Silent" Mendoza is arrested, Hernandez names Anthony "Chino" Morales Visalia regiment
(RSD). Sylvester "Silvio" Gomez is named regiment (HoS). Both are ordered to report to Hernandez
April 17, 2001
Robert "Bubba" Hanrahan is paroled with a letter from James "Conejo" Perez placing Hanrahan
incharge of the Salinas regiment displacing Hernandez's choice Armando Heredia. Hernandez refuses to
acknowledge the command and instructs Heredia to carry on as instructed. Hanrahan passes this
information on to General Matt "Matteo" Rocha at Pelican Bay through his sister Sophie. For this act,
Hernandez strips Hanrahan of his status within (NF).
April 20, 2001
13 Nuestra Familia members are indicted on 25 counts of racketeering. Rico "Smiley" Garcia, Cesar
"Lobo" Ramirez, David "Sir Dyno" Rocha, Cornelio Tristan, James Morado, Tex Hernandez, Gerald
Rubalcaba, Sheldon Villanueva, Daniel Perez, Diana Vasquez, Henry Cervantes, Jacob Enriquez and
Vidal Fabela are the principal figures.
April 22, 2001
Hernandez instructs a group of familiano that he was removing Eric "Cobra" Martinez as the (RSD) in Visalia with a figure to be named later. Hernandez continues to spread mis-information instructing the
group to ignore any orders from imprisoned gang leaders including those from the (OGB). He also cuts
ties with Sophie Rocha because she knows to much.
Ben "Huero" Chavez is paroled with a letter from James "Conejo" Perez and Sheldon "Skip" Villanueva
with orders to place Hanrahan in charge of the Salinas regiment. Perez's order places familiano
Raymond Sanchez in charge in Salinas further complicating the picture.
June 18, 2001
A.-Nuestra familia members Christopher Carasco, Andres Perez, Gustavo Castenada, Jerry Patlin and
Steven Pena were convicted of brutally beating a fellow inmate at the Santa Clara county jail.
B.-A new indictment charging 8 Nuestra familia members with racketeering is handed down in Sonoma
county. Joseph Hernandez, Robert Rose, Israel Mendoza, Ramiro Garcia, Alberto Larez, Luis Aroche,
Armando Heredia and Anthony Morales.
July 3, 2001
Daniel Hernandez signs a government agreement which will save him from a life sentence. In turn
Hernandez pleads guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct a continuing criminal enterprise.
July 24, 2001
Daniel Hernandez heads a (NF) meeting at which he tells the gathering that he is running the streets and
Jimmy "Wino" Sieraoski had no authority until he is released later in the summer.
August 3, 2001
A.-Nuestra familiano John Sloan is convicted of killing Francisco Gonzalez and the wounding of
March 8, 2002
Federal prosecutors announce their intention to seek the death penalty against Rico "Smiley" Garcia.
October 28, 2002
Defene attorney's for Armando Santa Cruz Heredia file a motion accusing Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez
the governments cheif prosecution witness with committing crimes while under the FBI's protection.
The motion asks for all charges in the case to be dropped because of improper conduct between the
prosecution's key witness and his FBI handlers.
November 21, 2002
Norteno gang member Jose Tizcareno is arrested in connection with a ring which specialized in robbing
November 2, 2003
11 of 21 indicted members of La Familia plead guilty to racketeering related charges (Operation Black
Widow). The U.S. Attorney's office announces January 5, 2004 as the start date in the trial of Henry
"Happy" Cervantes, David "Sir Dyno" Rocha and Albert "Bird" Larez. Those entering guilty pleas were
Jacob "Blackie" Enriquez, Ceasar "Lobo" Ramirez, Sheldon "Skip" Villanueva '14 year sentence', Diana
Vasquez, Luis "Roach" Aroche, Vidal "Spider" Fabelaz, Ramiro "Goose" Garcia, Armando "Suave"
Heredia '20 years,' Israel "Silent" Mendoza '12 years 6 months,' Anthony "Chino" Morales '9 year
sentence' and Robert "Chico" Rose '15 year sentence.'
December 4, 2003
Armando "Suave" Heredia Santa Cruz one time street commander of the Salinas regiment is sentenced
to 25 years to life after pleading guilty to weapons and drug conspiracy. His plea included ordering the
murder of Salinas drug dealer Raymond Sanchez in May 2001.
September 27, 2004
The final eight defendants in the Black Widow trial plead guilty Cornelio Tristan, 43, James Morado,
55, Joseph Hernandez, 54, Gerald Rubalcaba, 49, and Tex Hernandez, 49, Daniel Perez, 46, Alberto
Larez, 34, and Henry Cervantes, 40, all pled guilty to RICO conspiracy involving drug trafficking.
August 1, 2005
3 Nuestra Familia members assault a white prisoner with a tatto showing his allegiance with the
August 8, 2005
Nuestra Familia leaders order an attack on white inmates at San Quentin resulting in a brawl between
the 70 inmates in north block.
September 1, 2005
The life sentences for Nuestra Familia leaders Cornelio Tristan, 43, James Morado, 55, Joseph
Hernandez, 54, Gerald Rubalcaba, 49, and Tex Hernandez, 49 are commuted by Cheif Justice Ronald
M. George as advised by California Govenor Arnold Schwartzenegger so they may be released into
September 17, 2005
Nuestra Raza member Mark Escobedo is shot in the chest by Antonio Benigno Rubalcava II, the chief aide to Watsonville Regimental commander Oscar Cabrera. Rubalcava shot Escobedo as punishment for using drugs and failing to submit his tax payments on time.
Jose Cabrera a 40 year old member of Nuestra Familia is shot and killed by Oscar "Baby John" Cabrera, the Watsonville Regimental Commander in a gang related incident.
October 16, 2006
Stockton resident John Escobar is gunned down hours after arguing with Nuestra Familia Stockton regimental leader Charles Edwin “Peanut” Oak.
April , 2007
Robert Patrick "Bubba" Hanrahan former Salinas regiment leaders is sentenced to 13 years in state
June 7, 2007
A Federal indictment was announced naming several members of the Fresno, Bakersfield and Inland
Empire regiments. Fidel Ramon Castro "Mouse; Vincent Rivera; Crystal Castro; Julia Quiroz; William
Eugene Conelly all of Bakersfield. Juan Villalobos Arias and Maria Victoria Marquez Pulido both of
Fontana were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, maurijauna and ecstasy.
July 10, 2007
The United States Attorney's office announces an indictment charging several members and associates
of La Familia with racketeering and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, maurijauna and
ecstasy. Mario Diaz Jr., of Los Banos; Larry Sixto Amaro "Pacqui" of Hanford; Gerardo Lopez Mora of
Salinas; Ernest Paul Killinger of Orangevale; Fernando Villapando of Moreno Valley; Jason Michael
Stewart Hanson of Los Banos; Alvaro Cobian Gomez of Los Banos; Bismark Martin Ocampo of
Petaluma; Benjamin Santos Castro of San Francisco; Marcos Anthony Gomez Jr., of San Francisco;
Edward Fuentes of Merced; Richard Mendoza of Castroville; Ernesto Bravo Tejeda of Madera; Leo
Torres of Dos Palos; David Perez Ramirez of Manteca; Faustino Gonzales of Salinas; Oscar Campos
Padilla of Castroville; Jose Angel Villasenor of Fremont; Manuel Gauna of Salinas; Thurman Lee
Maxwell of Warren, Ohio; Andrea Cadena of Los Banos; Manuel Somora Cadena of Salinas; Pedro
Anthony Rios III of Salinas; Sophia Corella Sanchez of Marina; Valdemar Salazar Cambunga of Los
Banos and Gabriel Caracheo of Salinas were named in the indictment.
February 23, 2008
The Nuestra Familia reorganizes its leadership structure under the command of David "DC"
Cervantes. Cervantes issues a new constitution applying only to inmates residing in the state of
California. A second set of directives pertain to the Nuestra Familia leaders who were transfered into the
federal prison system in September 2005. The federal leadership is identified in a newly issued copy of
the revised Nuestra constitution as an entity to be respected but holding no power nor authority over
state system affairs. Cervantes leadership structure includes himself as the sole Nuestra General, Daniel
"Stork" Perez (Salinas) and Anthony "Chuco" Guillen (San Jose) and George "Puppet" Franco (San Jose) as captains. Jose "Huerito: Gonzalez and James "Conejo" Perez were broken down from leadership
positions to common rank.
June 10, 2008
Nuestra Familia member Antonio Benigno Rubalcava II, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Nuestra Raza member Mark Escobedo in September 2005.
August 12, 2008
Felix "Gato" Lopez an associate of the Nuestra Familia and an enforcer for the Northern Structure
was convicted of second degree murder and four other felony counts resulting from an attack at the
"Pushing Ink" tattoo parlor. The murder count steams from the death of Lopez's friend Michael Anthony
Valles who was killed by their intended target. Authorities found Lopez acted as the shot-caller for the
Nuestra Familia while awaiting trial in Modesto. Sentencing was set for September 23rd.
May 19, 2009
Nuestra Familia Captain Oscar Casares is held in connection with Operation Money Train, the largest
anti-gang effort ever on the Central Coast. The 11 month investigation netted 52 suspects and led to the
recovery of 57 stolen vehicles in addition to the seizeing of 29 firearms and a cache of drugs with an
estimated worth of $1.4 million.
May 20, 2009
Nuestra Familia members Frank Alejandrez 43, and Robert Palomino 40, both of Fresno were arrested
in connection with a methamphetamine operation by the Fresno Meth Task Force, state Bureau of
Narcotics Enforcement and Department of Corrections investigative bureau.
May 26, 2009
Familia associate Rafael Ampier, 32 is arrested in a bar fight involving Christian and Jason Soulie and a man identified as 38 year old Todd Cottier. Cottier reportedly started the fight by punching Christian Soulie, 36 in the face at the Third Street Aleworks bar in Santa Rosa. Ampier is a friend and associate of jailed Familia shot caller Javier Zubiate. Ampier was charged with a parole violation and Jason Soulie with a violation of a probationary term.
April 19, 2010
Manuel Gauna, 43 is sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of drugs in Salinas, Los Banos and other cities on behalf of La Nuestra Familia
Salinas law enforcement officers announce the arrest the detention of 88 gang members and associates of the Nuestra Familia. The raid targeting imprisoned Nuestra Familia leaders Gang investigators believe the Salinas-area Nuestra Familia members in that case, including former Castroville resident Mario Diaz and Salinas resident Larry Amaro, were old-schoolers still loyal to the gang's generals now housed in the maximum-security prison in Florence, Colo.
Power struggles to fill local leadership positions in the wake of those mass arrests were believed by law enforcement officials to be at the root of an outbreak of violence in Salinas. A partial list of those arrested or taken into custody in Thursday's Operation Knockout:
Federal warrants: Sheena Casperson, 24; Francisco Garcia, 31; Frank Garcia, 42; Javier Garcia, 38; Adrian Lopez, 27; Raymond Crosoco Lopez, 25; Martin Montoya, 33; Jose Nuno, 34; Hector Uribe, 20.
State warrants: Raul Acevedo, 33; Michael Blakeney, 43; Raymond Collins, 43; Rigoberto Chavez Diaz, 24; Andrea Hernandez, 30; Pablo Narez, 33; Candy Prevost, 43; Alberto Rubalcava, 27; Heriberto Sanchez, 60; Daniel Lopez Simo, 32; Leonardo Solorio, 30; Joy Tara, 52; Christian Uribe, 17; Gustavo Uribe, 20; Angela Valdez, 43; Priscilla White, 48; Juan Zepeda, 33.
Ramey warrant: Jonathan Perez, 27.
In custody warrant: Dakota Casperson, 23; Leshawn Grant, 28; Geno King, 31; Pablo Mendoza, 28; Jose Luis Torres Sanchez, 46.
In custody: Matthew Iniguez, 29.
Operation Knockout yielded 37 arrests Thursday and 57 in the eight months prior. Previous arrests included Tiana Avila, 30; and Vincent Stephens, 21. Investigators pointed to a potential power struggle between general David "DC" Cervantes and Salinas resident Matteo Rocha both housed at Pelican Bay. Rocha is known to exercise a tremendous amount of influence in Salinas and Monterey County using relatives to pass orders and enforce his edicts.
April 29, 2010
Danny San Nicholas a Salinas Norteno gang member and a protege of imprisoned Robert "Bubba" Hanrahan is sentenced to serve 8 years in federal prison as a result of a high speed chase on August 7, 2009. San Nicholas and co-defendant Robert Baker were spotted driving on Highway 101 near San Rafael in a vehicle without license plates. When a California Highway Patrol cruiser attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away initiating a chase reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. During the chase officers noted one of the men attempting to scatter the contents of a brown paper bag which blew out of his hand. Following the chase, detectives recovered enough evidence from the cars interior to charge both men with possession of methamphetamine for sale.
May 5, 2010
Ruben Espinosa, 51, pled guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover officer. In addition to the sale which took place on Dec. 16, 2009, Espinosa acknowledged serving three prior prison terms. His sentencing was scheduled for June 18 by Judge Terrance Duncan.
May 7, 2010
Defense attorneys accuse the FBI of using 35 year old Charles Edwin Oak aka “Peanut” to secure evidence during Operation Valley Star ignoring reports and evidence of his role in ordering a series of brutal assaults, drug trafficking and murder. Operation Valley Star focused on the Nuestra Familia’s efforts to expand their drug network from Salinas to the Central Valley.
Oak while feeding the FBI information on the activities of Monterey County residents Mario Diaz and Larry “Pacqui” Amaro, used the protection of law enforcement to “engage his criminal activities.” Investigators viewed Diaz and Amaro as la Familia’s the top ranking members on the street. As a result of Oak’s recording of conversations with Diaz, authorities gained intimate knowledge of the gang’s actions in Salinas, Sacramento, San Franciso, Oakland, Los Banos and Stockton.
Diaz was overheard telling Oak about the $200 per pound tax they deposited into Familia “banks.” FBI agents were reportedly aware of an incident involving Oak and Vincent Torres, a Norteno gang who was knocked unconscious after being summoned to a park meeting with Oak. Oak later tried to stab Torres after the later regained consciousness with either a knife or broken beer bottle. A few weeks later after Torres was arrested and sent to prison, he was slashed by an inmate who remarked “This is from Peanut” before the attack.
Oak was also linked to the murder of Stockton resident John Escobar who’d argued with Escobar hours before he was found shot to death. Oak is currently serving a 10 year state prison sentence on unrelated charges.
Five members of the Northern Riders gang are charged with crimes aimed at furthering the gang’s influence in Monterey county. Organized in 2001 at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville by members of the Nuestra Familia who were unhappy with the groups organizational direction and structure. The Northern Riders are avowed enemies of all Sureno gangs. Authorities were unclear about the status of Northern Riders members as they could be counted as Familia dropouts. Jesus Cota, Billy Auyon, Ramiro Rodriquez, Ivan Morales and Eric Amaro face up to 4 years in prison if convicted.
May 17, 2010
SACRAMENTO---Jose Villasenor, 35 of Fremont is sentenced to 20 years in federal prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release for his role in the Mario Diaz drug investigation. Authorities recorded 20 drug related conversations between Villasenor and Diaz between March 22, 2007 and May 26, 2007 where quantities of methamphetamine, marijauna and cocaine transactions were discussed.
May 19, 2010
SACRAMENTO---Mario "Weasel" Diaz, is sentenced to a 20 year federal prison term in connection with the Mario Diaz drug ring. A "narco-corrido" singer-songwriter, Diaz was a co-defendant of Jose Angel Villasenor a fellow musician who was sentenced to an identical term two days prior.
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|June 3, 2010
SALINAS---200 law enforcement officers spread out arresting dozens of members and associates of Nuestra Familia. The operation dubbed "Crimson Tide" netted 39 suspects, 20 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 assault rifles and 5 sawed off shotguns. Two key arrests included 24 year old Robert Juan Salazar, the "regimental commander" in the six county area featuring Yuba City, and 26 year old Cesar Noe Villa aka Squeeze a six-foot three inch 285 pound enforcer who assumed control of the regiment upon Salazar's May detainment. Those held in connection with Operation Crimson Tide were;
1. Robert Juan Salazar 24 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang Murder
In custody at Sutter County Jail for murder No bail
2. Cesar Noe Villa "Squeeze 26 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
2000 of Goldleaf Way, Marysville, CA $400,000 bail
3. Jorge Antonio Jauregui "Gunner" 25 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
2000 block of West El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA $300,000 bail
4. Gabriel Salcido Reyna "Primo" 41 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1700 block of Tourney Way, Sacramento, CA $300,000 bail
5. Gerardo Jaquez 29 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
800 block of Cadillac Drive, Ceres, CA $200,000 bail
6. Rafael Jaquez 26 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
3800 block of Aaron Drive, Ceres, CA $200,000 bail
7. Noe Zaragoza Cervantes, Jr. "Kissi" 31 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1300 block of El Dorado Lane, Yuba City, CA $200,000 bail
8. Juan Antonio Sanchez 18 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
900 block of Ardmore Ave., Olivehurst, CA $200,000 bail
9. David Alvarez 34 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang Murder
In custody at Sutter County Jail for murder No bail
10. Jose Leon Rosales, III "Joker" 26 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1300 block of Bancroft Avenue, Yuba City, CA $200,000 bail
11. Nicholas Salazar 21 years old aka: Nicolas Ruiz Gonzales Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1100 block of E. 22nd Street #27, Marysville, CA $200,000 bail
12. Francisco Bernal "Cisco" 34 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
2300 block of Foust St, Marysville, CA $200,000 bail
13. Ruben Melecio Zamora 29 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
700 block of Regent Loop, Yuba City, CA $200,000 bail
14. Edward John Luna "Gangster" 33 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
300 block of Peralta Avenue, Sacramento, CA $300,000 bail
15. Juan Anthony Gonzales 31 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
Kidnapping for purpose of extortion
In custody with CDC for parole hold $1,250,000 bail
16. Alvaro Angulo "Mikey" 24 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
100 block of Little John Road Yuba City, CA $300,000 bail
17. Benito Topete, Jr. "Benny" 23 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1400 block of Wendell Way, Yuba City, CA $200,000 bail
18. Enrique Jerel Perez "Ricky" 18 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1300 block of Scotten Court, Yuba City, CA $200,000 bail
19. Gabriel Juan Casimiro "Gordo" 32 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
500 block of Madrone Drive, Yuba City, CA $300,000 bail
20. Tara Sue Stancil 25 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1800 block of Hammonton Smartsville Rd #C, Marysville, CA $200,000 bail
21. Juan Ramon Quintana "Mousey" 29 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1000 block of Laurel Avenue, Marysville, CA $200,000 bail
22. Joe Ramirez "Joe Joe" 26 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
5900 block of Grove Ave, Marysville, CA $200,000 bail
23. George Munoz 30 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1400 block of Wendell Way, Yuba City, CA $200,000 bail
24. Lisa "Anna Marie" Lopez 30 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
6800 block of 23rd St., Sacramento, CA $200,000 bail
25. Tomas Alonzo Perez Jr. 55 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
400 block of Senator Way, Sacramento, CA $200,000 bail
26. Jeremy Ross Loudon "Diablo" 30 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
In custody at Sacramento County Jail on a parole hold $300,000 bail
27. Jeffrey Scott Lee 24 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
700 Julian Dr, West Sacramento, CA $200,000 bail
28. Roderick Nazarita Juan 39 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
1500 Nogales Street, Sacramento, CA $200,000 bail
29. Michael Mosley 23 years old Murder
In custody with CDC on unrelated charges No bail
30. John Rivera 33 years old Robbery
In custody in Stanislaus County
31. Nicholas Matta 24 years old Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in furtherance of the Nuestra Familia Distribution of methamphetamine Participation in a criminal street gang
In custody at Sutter County Jail on parole violation No bail
32. Raoul Jauregui 29 years old Possession of stolen firearm Possession of an illegal firearm
1000 block of Almond St., Arbuckle $10,000 bail
33. Tricia Ramirez 27 years old Felon in possession of a firearm
5900 block of Grove Ave., Linda, CA $20,000 bail
34. Martin Arias Gonzalez 37 years old Possession of illegal firearm Possession of heroin 400 block of Tactius St., Arbuckle
35. Benjamin Padilla 34 years old Possession of ecstasy
Possession of an illegal firearm
900 block of Hale Ave., Arbuckle, CA $25,000 bail
36. Rosamaria Magana 18 years old Possession of methamphetamine for sale Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
900 block of Hale Ave., Arbuckle, CA $10,000 bail
37. Monica Garcia 30 years old Obstruction of justice
1500 block of Nogales St., Sacramento $10,000 bail
38. Jose Cervantes Murder (cold homicide investigation conducted by Yuba City PD)
In custody at Sutter County Jail No bail
39. Brent Baldwin Murder (cold homicide investigation conducted by Yuba City PD)
In custody at Sutter County Jail No bail
40. Samuel Yasko Murder (cold homicide investigation conducted by Yuba City PD)
In custody at Sutter County Jail No bail
41. Julio Cano 22 years old Possession of methamphetamine for sale Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Participation in a Criminal Street Gang Possession of a firearm
2000 block of West El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA $110,000 bail
June 12, 2010
SALINAS---Law enforcement officers in Salinas continued their assault upon the ranks of Nuestra Familia sweeping parts of Fresno, Kings, Kern and Tulare counties. 11 additional arrests were made in connection with the raid including Shawn "Bubbles" Cameron, a 34 year old resident of Hanford whom authorities say was given control of parts of Fresno county by imprisoned Nuestra Generals imprisoned at Pelican Bay.
Shawn Michael Cameron "Bubbles", 34, and his wife,
Vanessa Marin Mojarro Cameron, 33, both of Hanford;
Jose Antonio Velez "Cisco", 28, of Delano;
Richard Antonio Salas "Turtle", 24, of Armona;
Raymond Louis Avalos "Littles", 27, of Hanford;
Carlos Enriquez "Charlie Brown", 31, of Lemoore;
Jerome Landeros "Peeps", 27, of Hanford;
Christopher Anthony Medrano "Bob", 29, of Hanford;
Jonathan Omar Marin Mojarro, 20, of Hanford;
Armando Nunez "Mandio", 22, of Earlimart;
Antonio Santos Perez "Tony Boy", 38, of Fresno;
John Reyna "Lil Shanker", 32, of Hanford;
Calixtro Israel Sanchez "Cali Killer", 22, of Hanford;
Manuel Alejandro Garcia "Mugsy", 24, of Lemoore;
Leonard Luera "Lenny", 22, of Hanford;
Gamaliel Guerra "Gumby", 29, of Lemoore;
Salvador Zamora Jr., "Chava" 23, of Armona;
David Sanchez, "Chuco" 29, of Hanford;
Ernesto Castro, "Lil E" 30, of Hanford;
Florentino Acosta, 34, of Fresno.
July 7, 2010
SALINAS---A dozen Nuestra Familia gang leaders, members and associates submitted documents in federal court, enforcing their claim that an FBI informant was involved in murders and assaults while on the government's payroll. Larry "Paqui" Amaro, Gabriel Caracheo and others sought to link informant Charles "Peanut" Oak to two Stockton-area homicides. The defendants have asked the court to dismiss the charges connected with Operation Valley Star on grounds of outrageous government misconduct.
The federal indictments handed down in 2007 accused Mario Diaz, Amaro, Caracheo and more than 20 others, most residents of Monterrey county. Diaz, once the FBI's target, has since become a witness for the government in the case. The informant, Oak, was described by police as the "kingpin" and "shot-caller" for the Nuestra Familia and its related Norteño gangs in the Stockton area. Court documents and police reports both contain references to Oak's angry and violent clashes with at least three underlings who later were found dead or slashed with a razor. The new defense documents filed this week include sworn affidavits that attorneys say show Oak has continued to be a suspect in the 2006 murder of John Escobar, which occurred while Oak worked for the FBI in the Valley Star case.
August 2, 2010
SALINAS---Richard Mendoza, 26, of Castroville entered a guilty plea effectively ending his case less than two months before its scheduled start. Mendoza's plea includes the admittance that he and an unnamed family member and friend drove a rented car from Salinas to Riverside loaded to purchase 20 kilos of cocaine. Mendoza and his accomplices were followed by Manuel Gauna who provided "security" during the trip. As a result of his admission, Mendoza is expected to receive a sentence of 17 1/2 years to life in prison. He deal does not call for him to cooperate with authorities. Mendoza's sentencing was set for Oct. 18.
August 26, 2010
SANTA BARBARA--- 28 Eastside Santa Barbara gang members are indicted in Los Angeles, including 19 under the RICO Act. the largest gang was the Eastside, which has four sub-cliques: Krazies, Traviesos, La Familia, and The Gang. Eastsider territory generally runs east of State Street to Alameda Padre Serra and from Anapamu Street to the beach. Their principal rivals are Westsiders, who claim the neighborhoods west of State Street as their own, and Bohnett Park and Guadalajara Market as their main hangouts. Other Santa Barbara gangs include Carpas in Carpinteria and a number of smaller Goleta gangs.
Arrested on Federal Charges
ISMAEL PARRA, 23; Nickname: Ishboo; Alleged Role: drug-dealing to gang
JOSE GONZALEZ JR., 20; Nickname: Scrappy; Alleged Role: Assaults including 2006 baseball-bat attack in Isla Vista
MIGUEL PARRA, 20; Nickname: Tripps; Alleged Role: Selling cocaine to gang
ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ, 20; Nickname: Stilo; Alleged Role: Using Molotov cocktail
FRANCISCO ANTHONY ALCARAZ, 21; Nickname: Stranger; Alleged Role: Gang soldier
FERNANDO MARCO ALCARAZ, 18; Nickname: Lil Stranger; Alleged Role: Gang soldier
HUMBERTO OLVERA, 24; Nickname: Danger; Alleged Role: Knife attack
PEDRO RENE GARCIA, 27; Nickname: Oso; Alleged Role: Gang leader
ALFREDO ORNELAS, 23; Nickname: Capone; Alleged Role: Gang soldier
JESUS MARTINEZ, 18; Nickname: Peke and Lil Pac Man; Alleged Role: gang leader
REYNALDO FERER-DOROTEO, 36
IVAN GARCIA, 18
Still Sought by Authorities
ROBERTO AREBALO AMADOR, 20; Nickname: Lil Oso; Alleged Role: 2007 gang attack
JESSE GARZA PEREZ, 40; Nickname: Chili Red; Alleged Role: Selling heroin to gang
Arrested but Already in Jail or Prison
BRIAN JASSO ORTIZ, 22; Nickname: Villain; Alleged Role: attack at Jack in the Box
OCTAVIO MARIN, 20; Nickname: Lil Tu; Alleged Role: Soldier
JOSE CAMPOVERDE, 20; Nickname: Big Boy; Alleged Role: Racial attack on African American
JOSHUA ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ, 22; Nickname: Sinner; Alleged Role: Attempted murder of African American
SEBASTIAN MARTINEZ COVARRUBIAS, 22; Nickname: Seabass; Alleged Role: Made Molotov cocktail
ROBERT MARTINEZ, 22; Nickname: Lil Bullet; Alleged Role: Conpiracy to murder
CARL SAMUEL FLORES, 26; Nickname: Lil Kill; Alleged Role: Conspiracy to murder
IVAN QUEZADA, 23; Nickname: Pac Man; Alleged Role: Baseball-bat attack
OMAR RAMOS, 18; Nickname: Sleepy; Alleged Role: Knife attack
ARIEL RANGEL COLON JR., 21; Nickname: Huero; Alleged Role: Attack on African American
XAVIER JESUS ALVAREZ, 25; Nickname: Malo; Alleged Role: Knife attack
MARTIN MENDEZ, 24; Nickname: Lil Shyboy; Alleged Role: Selling methamphetamine to gang
ELSON LEYVA TAPIA 25; Nickname: Yuyo; Alleged Role: Cocaine sale
ENRIQUE MORAN, 21; Nickname: Silent; Alleged Role: Soldier
EDWIN ORLANDO BAY, 20; Alleged Role: Soldier
JOSE PEDRO ZAVALA, 22; Nickname: Lonely and Shy; Alleged Role: Attack on non-gang member
Arrested on State Charges
JACKIE ARREVALO, 21
CHRISTIAN BOTELLO, 28
EDGAR CORDOVA, 23
HUGO DIAZ, 26
RICHARD GARCIA, 19
JOSE GONZALEZ SR., 58
GIOVANNI HUERTA, 19
JOSE HUERTA, 45
DIEGO LOPEZ, 18
BIANCA MACIAS, 18
RAYMOND MACIAS, 29
PAUL MARTINEZ, 46
JACOB MEDINA, 19
PATRICIA MORENO, 19
OMAR PALENCIA, 26
JOAQUIN PEREZ JR., 18
MICHAEL REGALADO, 26
FLAVIO RIOS, 18
STEVEN SALAZAR, 25
TANYA SIERRA, 22
ERIC TAPIA, 18
MARTIN TRUJILLO, 19
EDUARDO ZERMENO, 19
DANIEL PAZ, 35
RUDY YBARRA, 28
PAULINO POMMIER, 23
CHRISTOPHER MANSON, 18
August 30, 2010
SALINAS---250 law enforcement officers participated in a series of coordinated raids from the Central Coast to the Central Valley seizing dozens of Norteno gang members. Among those detained were Visalia's Felipe "Casper" Ramirez, the Familia regimental commander for Tulare County. Authorities charged that Ramirez personally carried out the orders of the most powerful Nuestra Familia General at Pelican Bay State Prison. Ramirez was the sixteenth Familia member or associate charged since August 12th. The others were;
VASALIA Regiment members
Daniel Nava, 27
Jesse Juarez, 20
Joe Dominquez, 31
Felix Ruiz, 31
Esteban Aroyo, 32
Jonas Martinez, 36
Fenton Torrez, 29
Felipe Lango, 30 of Earlimart.
Arturo Bautista, 28 of Delano.
William Sanchez, 29 of Delano.
Xavier Medrano, 20 of Farmersville.
Martin Martinez, 32 of Los Banos.
Phllip Sparks, 33 of Hollister.
Armand Valle, 36 of Salinas.
Andew Garcia, 22 of Salinas.
Phillip "Sharky" Sparks was identified by investigators as the regimental commander in Salinas. He Martin "Cycs" Martinez and Armando "Bandit" Valle face federal charges relating to a the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine. Sparks was the owner of Fordidden XTC, a Salinas adult novelty store. Sparks carried out the orders of Nuestra Familia generals (David Cervantes, Matt Rocha and Anthony Guillen) all incarcerated in the Secure Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City. Authorities claimed the trio were able to run their organization by passing messages to other prisoners, who communicated with the outside world through messages written into books or other property, passing information through visiting family members and attorneys, and making calls from cellphones smuggled into prisons.
A revised list of suspects charged read as follows;
Jesse Juarez, 20,
Felix Ruiz Jr., 31,
Felipe Ramirez, 30,
Fenton Torrez, 37, all of Visalia;
Phillip Sparks, 33, of Hollister;
William Sanchez, 29, and Arturo Bautista, 28, of Delano;
Armand Valle, 26, of Salinas;
Philipe Lango, 30, of Earlimart;
Thomas Quinones, 22, of San Jose
Martin Martinez, 32, of Los Banos.
Visalia Regiment members
Michael Beauchamp, 36,
Gonzalo Romero, 36,
Valerie Hernandez, 27,
Richard Mendoza, 23,
Colette Cortez, 31,
Jose Ramirez, 51,
Raul Lopez III, 18,
Ramiro Velasco, 20,
Augustine Torres, 26,
Justin Marquez, 22,
Carlos Mojica, 26,
John Ibarra, 18,
Dominic Bianchi, 40,
Levi Mooney, 29,
Isaiah Gomez, 21,
Ralph Mojica, 26,
Christian Perez, 27,
Raul Lopez Sr., 70,
Michael Sanchez, 22,
Valerie Garcia, 26,
George Negrette, 27,
Vincent Gerardo, 24,
Joseph Morin, 25,
Maria Morin, 46,
Winslow Lara, 22,
Juan Vallejo, 18;.
Alex Cervantes, 22, of Farmersville;
Rebekah Perez, 22, of Farmersville;
Danny Hinojos, 27, of Goshen;
Cathy Yanez, 28, of Goshen;
Marco Antonio Vargas, 27, of Goshen;
Antonio Martinez, 31, of Tulare;
Crystal Miles, 26, of Exeter;
Anna Aguilar Cardenas, 51, of Dinuba;
Feliciano Alasa, 26, of Yuba City.
Shawn "Bubbles" Cameron
September 10, 2010
SALINAS---Bismark Martin Ocampo, 40, a member of the Salinas Regiment entered a guilty plea and agreed to accept a 28 year prison sentence. Ocampo answered to Larry "Pacqui" Amaro and Mario "Weasel" Diaz in distributing cocaine to gang members located throughout Northern and Central California. Ocampo admitted his role in obtaining a 20 kilo shipment of cocaine in southern California which was then transferred north where it was distributed through familia minions. Ocampo's formal sentencing was set for January 24th.
September 24, 2010
SACRAMENTO---The trial for Salinas residents Larry "Pacqui" Amaro, Gerardo "Reggaet n" Mora, Ernest "Powder" Killinger and Jason Stewart-Hanson of Los Banos, begins in Eastern District federal court. Facing possible life sentences in a high-level narcotics conspiracy said to have been authored by la Familia members, Amaro was described as the "boss" of the gang's street operation. He was allegedly aided by Mora and Killinger the owner of an Oakland cell phone store. The government's trial hinges on the testimony of Mario Diaz who began co-operating with authorities soon after his May 2007 arrest. At the time he was said to have been second in command to Amaro. Charles "Peanut" Oak described as a confidential informant is also expected to make an appearance during the trial.
October 18, 2010
SACRAMENTO---Prosecutors claim Larry "Pacqui" Amaro, Ernest "Powder" Killinger and Mario Diaz were ordered by high ranking Familia leaders to kill to kill an attorney. The disclosure closely mirrored a plot in the 80s against two Santa Clara County prosecutors.
October 25, 2010
KING CITY---The strange saga of Israel "Shorty" Cota, a 33 year old parolee who has twice absconded while on parole. Cota was apprehended by the California Parole Apprehension team, a newly activated CDC unit. Created in the wake of a string of parole reform measures, the unit consist of an intelligence and apprehension apparatus with units headquartered around the state. Early this year year Cota went missing for three months shortly after he'd been released from the Monterrey County jail last December. He was named as a possible suspect in the gang related death of 40 year old Angel Gutierrez near a Greenfield motel on January 14th. At the time of his disappearance authorities claimed Cota was in charge of Familia operations in the Salinas Valley. This duty they said included enforcing an edict to exact revenge upon familia members or associates who'd fallen out of favor. These duties linked Cota to the Greenfield murders of Yliza Martinez and Veronica Gallegos two 30 year old women shot to death in their motel rooms on December 5, 2009. Gallegos was Angel Gutierrez half brother. No charges were filed against Cota following his arrest in March and he was allowed to remain free after an ankle bracelet was attached. The question of why Cota has been accorded such favorable treatment remains to be seen but it is highly unusual bringing to mind the saga of Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez and more recently Charles "Peanut" Oak.
Israel "Shorty" Cota
November 17, 2010
SALINAS---Dalmacio Ramirez Santos, described by prosecutors as a "traveling methamphetamine salesman" was sentenced to a 20 year federal prison term on drug and firearms charges. Ramirez Santos was said to have been under FBI surveillance when Salinas police arrested him following a minor traffic violation. Ramirez Santos defense attorney argued for leniency in the case stating Santos became involved in drug trafficking "only after going through serious personal and financial hardships." Those hardships included the failure of his meat business, marriage as well as the stress of caring for his severely disabled son. Ramirez Santos has been implicated by the FBI in their high profile case against members and associates of la Familia though he was never charged.
December 3, 2010
SACRAMENTO---Tempers rose after Larry "Paqui" Amaro insisted Judge William Shubb allow Charles Edward Oak Jr., an FBI informant who played a key role in the amassing of evidence in the Operation Valley Star investigation, take the stand and "invoke his rights in person." Judge Shubb finally consented and Oak was transferred from his maximum security cell at Pelican Bay prison where he reluctantly took the stand on December 2nd. Oak spent a few moments on the stand invoking his Fifth Amendment right as Amaro looked on. After failing in their attempt to force Oak to testify, the defendant unsuccessfully attempted to have several affadavits signed by Oak and one of his associates Jerry Tuter, entered into the record. Ultimately Judge Shubb allowed only one document entered into the record. In the document Oak admitted to committing 'unsanctioned drug deals and assaults" while working for the FBI. Amaro hoped to show that the "unsanctioned" actions of Oak though used against him and his fellow co-defendants was a part of a conspiracy overseen by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Oak also admitted that FBI agents were aware of his activities but "turned their heads and allowed me to continue to handle my business." The prosecution attempted to deflect the impact of the statements contained within by stating that Oak felt pressured to the statements in an attempt to regain favor with Familia leaders after it had become known that he'd worked on behalf of the FBI. This is a highly doubtable theory as Oak would have become a marked man the moment his betrayal of the organization became known and his admittance of FBI complicity would have been for naught. Amaro and his co-defendants face a possible life sentence if convicted in the case.
December 6, 2010
SACRAMENTO---The jury began deliberating after defense attorneys for Larry "Paqui" Amaro, Gerardo Mora, Ernest Paul Killinger and Jason Stewart-Hanson wrapped up their closing arguments. The attorney's ripped the government's portrayal of the Familia as a "highly organized crime empire...based on a military concept." Instead of a drug sales enterprise Federal public defender Peter Kmeto "representing Amaro," said the FBI and local police departments mistook a collection of "independent drug contractors," associated with Castroville resident Mario Diaz as having been run by la Familia representatives. The defense team hammered away at the credibility of Mario Diaz who escaped a life sentence by agreeing to testify against the aforementioned figures. He is expected to receive a 20 year term and could receive less when sentenced at the conclusion of the case. Diaz was one of several figures in the case who either escaped life sentences "as was the case with Andrea Cadena who could receive as little as 7 years," or escaped charges altogether "see Jason Treas." Prosecutors contend that Amaro ran the Salinas regiment with ruthless efficiency from 2004-2007. They charge that "the detail-oriented commander" employed a team of paid drivers and equipped a fleet of cars with sophisticated hidden compartments to secret drug shipments.
December 8, 2010
GREENFIELD---30 members of the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force and sheriff's SWAT team arrested 34 year Leo "Sparky" Garza during an early morning raid on a home on Larson Lane in Greenfield. Garza was seized as he attempted to flea the home in possession of an AK-47. The raid also turned up 50 OxyContin and ecstasy pills, $10,000 in cash, a .45-caliber and .380-caliber home guns. Authorities are touting Garza as a major player with the Familia's revised structure. He was transported to San Jose where he was to be arraigned in federal court.
December 9, 2010
SACRAMENTO---Jurors wrapped up three days of deliberation by returning guilty verdicts for Larry "Pacqui" Amaro, Gerardo Mora, Ernest Paul "Powder" Killinger and Jason Stewart-Hanson. Authorities celebrated the verdict detailing their long pursuit of Amaro who faces 30 years to life in federal prison.
December 13, 2010
SACRAMENTO---Judge William Shubb sentenced 26 year old Richard Mendoza a resident of Castroville to 17 1/2 years in prison for his role in a 20 kilogram drug transaction involving the Nuestra Familia Salinas cell. Mendoza entered a guilty plea on August 2nd admitting that he recruited a relative and an associate to drive a rented car to Riverside to obtain cocaine. The trio later secured the drugs and drove them back to Salinas. Judge Shubb urged Mendoza to stay away from gangs if he hoped to live a productive life outside of prison.
January 13, 2011
SANTA CRUZ---Julio "Sleepy" Amezcua Cabrera, 27 pled guilty to assault with a firearm, gang participation and threatening a police officer in case steeming from a January 1, 2010 incident in an East Lake Avenue restaurant. Cabrera was charged after chasing a 28 year old Watsonville man from the restaurant firing multiple rounds in the process. The victim escaped unharmed. Cabrera's brother Evaristo Amezcua Cabrera, 35 was accused of threatening several restaurant customers and beating one patron he believed to have called the police during the incident. Evaristo pled guilty to witness intimidation and assault, both to benefit a street gang. The Cabrera brothers are well known to law enforcement officials as yet another brother Oscar Cabrera is wanted on an outstanding murder warrant. Oscar was the Nuestra Familia Watsonville regimental commander until he fled "reportedly to Mexico," to escape prosecution in the 2006 shooting of Jose Cabrera outside of Watsonville. A fourth brother Mauro Cabrera was convicted and sentenced to prison on a felony gun charge related to that case.
January 18, 2011
SAN JOSE--- Opening statements in the trial of El Hoyo Palmas gang members Gene "Shorte" Sanchez, Samuel "Rico" Castro, Michael "Negro" Espana and Orlando "Gangster" Rojas detailed a murder spree prosecutors charge was inspired by a previous attack by Sureno gang members that left two El Hoyo Palmas gang members dead in the closing months of 2006. Shorte Sanchez reportedly led the squad in a wave of violent acts that injured four people and killed four others. All four face life in prison if convicted. El Hoyo Palmas answers to Nuestra Familia leaders in the San Jose regiment.
January 27, 2011
GREENFIELD--- Danny Ray McCarter Jr., and Anabel Trujilo are found shot in the 200 block of 3rd Street in Greenfield. A power struggle or case of retribution is believed to have been the cause of the shooting.
January 30, 2011
SAN JOSE--- John Mendoza a former Norteno gang leader from San Jose offered testimony in the El Hoyo Palmas gang trial. Mendoza explained his decision to become a "snitch" was influenced by the Nuestra Familia's "closing the door," on him. A gang member since the age of 12, Mendoza claimed to have held the position of Familia regimental commander in Santa Clara prior to a 2004 arrest. Mendoza ran afoul of the gang after county jail officials provided a transcript of a phone call between him and his wife where he promised her he would provide testimony against la familia in exchange for his release. He was soon stripped of his rank and targeted for elimination. That led him to turn states evidence effectively ending his association with the Familia.
February 22, 2011
SAN JOSE--- 40 year old Bismark Martin Ocampo an admitted Familia soldier received a 28 year federal prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ocampo, Larry "Pacqui" Amaro, Ernest Paul "Powder" Killinger and Gerardo Mora, were convicted on conspiracy charges in December and are scheduled to be sentenced on April 4.
February 28, 2011
SAN JOSE--- David 'Sir Dyno' Rocha, performs a highly publicized Christian rap concert at the Colusa Theatre in an event promoted by Miguel Valladares, a member of New Life Apostolic Church in Colusa. Indicted in the Black Widow conspiracy case in 2000, Rocha reportedly began to transform his life while awaiting sentencing in Sacramento on charges related to methamphetamine sales. Rocha spent six years in prison where he completed a bible studies program and became a licensed minister. The former Nuestra Familia 'music' promoter is currently working toward a bachelor's degree while spreading a message of hope as a traveling minister and musician.
March 8, 2011
SOLEDAD---57 year old Laurencia Martinez Hiracheta was shot to death as she climbed into her vehicle in the 100 block of Buena Vista Drive. Hiracheta was once an associate of Familia leaders but ran afoul of the group after testing in a case several year ago.
March 27, 2011
MERCED---Edward Fuentes, 32, Gabriel Caracheo, 37 of Salinas, Fernando Villalpado aka Victoriano Perez, 43 of Sinaloa, Mexico pled guilty to a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine on behalf of or in association with Nuestra Familia members and associates. The trio were tied to a 10 pound shipment of methamphetamine seized in Los Banos on May 26, 2007. They were also accused of transporting and distributing 16 kilograms of cocaine between Los Angeles and Salinas and another 20 kilogram shipment cocaine shipped to Cleveland. All in addition to 3 pounds of methamphetamine they moved in Sacramento and San Francisco.
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|April 5, 2011
SANTA CRUZ---Julio "Sleepy" Cabrera, 28 and Evaristo Amezcua Cabrera, 35 were sentenced to 14 years and 8 months in state prison and 270 days in jail for the New Year's day shooting of a man outside an East Lake Avenue restaurant. A sheriff deputy who witnessed the shooting and arrested Cabrera after a brief chase, was allegedly threatened shortly thereafter. The Cabrera brothers reportedly helped run Familia business on behalf of their brother Oscar the Watsonville regimental commander. Yet another Cabrera brother "Mauro" was convicted in 2008 on felony gun and gang charges.
April 18, 2011
SALINAS---Authorities report that 34 year old Israel "Shorty" Cota, cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and disappeared for the third time within a 12 month span. Cota "who was released from Monterey County Jail in December of 2010, and failed to show up for a parole appointment," is said to have left jail with the intent of organizing Familia business in the south county cities. One of the most troublesome struggles has centered around the internal issues with Varrio Grinfas Norte. It is believed the January 27th murder of Danny Ray McCarter Jr and Anabel Trujilo were the result of this struggle. Leo "Sparky" Garza maintained control over the gang until his arrest by the FBI in December 2010 marked an upswing in internal gang strife.
April 26, 2011
SACRAMENTO---Federal authorities are notified after deputies at the Sacramento County jail seize several "kites" containing confidential information and orders concerning Familia business. The deputies discovered several kites containing "detailed, confidential information," during a search of Lary "Pacqui" Amaro as he attempted to enter an inmate recreation area. Amaro reportedly was attempting to pass along a list of "cooperating witnesses," names, addresses and dates they began working with law enforcement. Prominent on the list were the names of three informants who had never been identified publicly. The on going investigation will include a push to discover who leaked the information to Amaro and for what purpose.
May 5, 2011
SACRAMENTO---23 members of a drug peddling operation headed by 57 year old Mario Salazar and his 31 year old son Jose Salazar of Hamilton City, are charged with dealing drugs and firearms in connection with a Nuestra Familia regiment. The 10 month investigation produced a rather meager harvest as $17,000 in cash and undisclosed amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine were seized. Authorities also found 8 hand guns in 16 separate raids in Butte, Placer, Sacramento and Yuba counties.
May 12, 2011
CONTRA COSTA---Authorities concluded a 15 month operation known as Red Reach. A coordinated law enforcement sweep produced 135 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 fire arms and a modest amount of cash '$85,000,' and 35 arrests. Targeted during the operation which uncovered ties to the Tijuana cartel were Joseph "Butch" Abbate aka Sherman Fisher, a documented Norteno gang member.
May 23, 2011
WATSONVILLE---Albert Martinez a 35 year old Nuestra Familia member is arrested after a brief chase. Authorities charged Martinez was in the process of consolidating control over Familia business in and around Watsonville at the time of his arrest.
May 25, 2011
SACRAMENTO---Four men charged with controlling Nuestra Familia regiments between Salinas and the Central Valley were sentenced ended a key phase of Operation Valley Star. 44 year old Larry "Pacqui" Amaro of Salinas was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. He was joined by Ernest Paul "Powder, 33, who received 36 years, and Los Banos resident Jason Stewart-Hanson, 37, who received 25 years. Gerardo Mora, 34 received a 33 year term.
May 30, 2011
MODESTO---35 year old Felix "Gato" Lopez is sentenced to 58 years and four months to life for the January 26, 2004 shooting death of Michael Anthony Valles 23, of Modesto. Lopez described as a Familia enforcer, accompanied Valles to the Pushing Ink Tattoo Shop looking to avenge the stabbing of Lopez cousin two nights prior. Lopez and Valles reportedly went in search of Paul Bargas, a Norteno gang dropout who once co-operated with authorities in solving a drive-by shooting years ago. Bargas reportedly opened fire mortally wounding Valles after a brief confrontation with the two. Bargas was granted full immunity from prosecution as a result of his co-operation in the case.
June 8, 2011
LOS BANOS---More than 100 suspected Nuestra Familia associates are targeted in a nine-month Central Valley based investigation called Operation Red zone. The raids and subsequent arrests wrapped up months of surveillance by state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agents and several local agencies. BNE spokesmen reportedly launched the investigation which featured "mostly street-level traffickers," driven out of Salinas by earlier raids and arrests. The latest round of raids were conducted in Madera, Los Banos, Livingston, Merced, Atwater and Dos Palos. The street level dealers are said to have operated under the direction of Nuestra Familia leaders struggling to reorganize the groups street level operations in the wake of the removal of high-level regimental leaders such as Larry "Pacqui" Amaro, Martin "Cyclone" Montoya and Phillip Sparks. Among those featured in the latest round of arrests named in two federal indictments handed down June 2 in Fresno and unsealed Tuesday alleging conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine charges were.
Gonzalo "Gunner" Esquivel, 30, of Los Banos;
Efren Steve "Grande" Jiminez, 32, of Los Banos;
Kenneth Hernandez, 28, of Dos Palos;
Gustavo "Gus Gus" Moreno, 31,of Madera;
David Torres, 29, of Madera;
The second indictment named featured
Juan "Joker" Herrera, 37, of Madera;
Felipe Gutierrez, 37, of Madera;
Rafael "B-Street Guerro" Velasco, 33, of Madera;
June 13, 2011
25 Stockton area gang members and affiliates of the Familia are arraigned by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office on charges ranging from drug and weapons violations to street terrorism. Prosecutors charged that 35 year old John Pantoja and 28 year old Matthew Espinoza were responsible for overseeing a drug distribution operation which contributed payments to a familia controlled bank. The pair are alleged to be members of the South Side Tracy Nortenos. Also targeted in the raids was 31 year old Jose Martinez, a repeat offender caught up in a 2008 narcotics related sweep held in Stockton in 2008. Martinez faces a life sentence under the three strikes initiative.
June 21, 2011
35 year old Carolyn Huerta of Castroville, pled no contest to a single charge of obstructing law enforcement officers. Huerta was one of five Familia members and associates charged in a five year investigation featuring former Salinas regimental commander Robert "Bubba" Hanrahan dubbed Operation Valley Star. Authorities zeroed in on Huerta after learning that she routinely received methamphetamine and had her household expenses paid by gang members currying favor with her husband Joseph 'Pinky' Hernandez. Hernandez is a Familia General imprisoned at the super-maximum security federal facility in Florence, Colorado. Investigators charge that Huerta passed sensitive gang information to Hernandez on her visits to the prison. They also noted she has children with Art 'Rascal' Marquez a noted Norteno gang leader serving time at Salinas Valley State Prison.
June 28, 2011
Pablo Jose Mendoza, 29, of Salinas received a "longer than usual" 11 year federal prison term after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Salinas. Prosecutors called Mendoza a "manager in the conspiracy" and charged that he had paid someone to watch a San Jose apartment that served as a drug "stash house." In his plea agreement, Mendoza admitted ownership of drugs seized during a raid conducted in connection with Operation Knockout, a multi-agency series of raids conducted in Salinas on April 22, 2010. Mendoza was one of three dozen suspects arrested and charged in state and federal courts connected with a Familia headed drug operation in Salinas.
July 27, 2011
Gabriel Caracheo, 38, of Salinas is sentenced to serve a 25 year term for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in connection with Operation Valley star. Caracheo pled guilty March 28 and received his sentence from U.S. District Court Judge William B. Shubb in Sacramento. Shubb ordered Carecheo to be remanded to a federal facility located as far as possible from the West Coast in hopes of breaking his contact with Nuestra Familia leaders. A longtime associate of Familia leader Robert "Bubbha" Hanrahan, Caracheo received sanction to run a Familia controlled drug operation in the East Bay 'including Oakland.' Caracheo is said to have obtained methamphetamine in multi-pound quantities from gang associates working for Familia member Mario Diaz in Los Banos.
August 3, 2011
Miguel Angel Soto, 28, a parolee is detained in Live Oak after police discover three bindles of heroin, a scale and other drug related items in his vehivle during a traffic stop in the 2900 block of Soquel Avenue. At the time of his arrest, Soto was reportedly wanted on a parole violation. Among the items confiscated from Soto were his cell phone, a glass meth pipe and $60 in cash. Soto was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
August 17, 2011
MODESTO--- Authorities file an indictment charging 8 Norteno gang members in connection with three takeover style armed robberies in December 2007. All of those named in the indictment are Modesto residents are believed to comprise a Norteno regiment answering to the Familia representative in the area. Authorities contend that Ramirez is the leader of this particular regiment and has been given authority to collect taxes and maintain order among local gang members.
Ray John Luna, 23:
Johnny Anthony Montalvo, 20;
Anthony Michael Gonzalez, 35;
Joe Luis Ramirez Jr., 30;
John Joseph Rivera, 34
Paulimar Rodriquez Jr., 27;
Miguel Avina, 28;
Rafael Jaquez, 27.
September 25, 2011
SALINAS--- 22 year old Alex Alejo a resident of Castroville was convicted of two counts of premeditated attempted murder, two counts of assault with a semiautomatic weapon and one count of shooting at an occupied car, one count of shooting at an occupied dwelling and being an active participant in a criminal street gang. The jury also ruled that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang along with the special allegation that Alejo personally discharged a firearm in the attack on June 15, 2009. The intended victims later identified Alejo and Pierre Santana 'the driver' to authories. Santana later pled guilty and accepted a prison sentence. Both men were identified as members of Northside Castroville, a gang authorities say is a Norteno affiliate. Alejo faces a life term. Sentencing was set for November 2, 2011.
September 29, 2011
OAKLAND--- Henry "Happy" Cervantes, 47, a high ranking Nuestra Familia leader was charged in the deaths of Johnny Gilbert Navaerette, 73, and Renee Washington, 56 in Oakland. Authorities detained Cervantes as he travelled to Oakland for a meeting with his federal probation officer. The murder charges were filed October 4th, accusing Cervantes of fatally stabbing Navaerette and Washington after a relative falsely accused the pair of inflicting injuries to a Cervantes relative. Authorities discovered the bodies inside a buring apartment in the Fruitvale section of Oakland on September 11th. Cervantes was one of three high-ranking Familia leaders 'convicted in the FBI's 2001 Operation Black Widow case' released from federal prison last year. The others were 'Daniel "Stork" Perez and Albert "Bird" Larez, both of Salinas. Of the three only Larez remains free, Perez is currently completing a 9 year state sentence. Prior to his release, Perez and former Salinas regiment leader Rico Garcia were stabbed in a gang-related attack at the federal prison in Atlanta.
October 12, 2011
SALINAS--- 34 year old Israel "Shorty" Cota, agreed to accept a 4 year prison term which was doubled to 10 years under the states three strikes law. Cota is a documented Nuestra Familia member with a 20 year prison history which includes a host of gang and gun offenses, requested that he be allowed to enter a residential treatment program to deal with a methamphetamine addiction. Judge Russell Scott denied the request after reviewing Cota's lengthy rap sheet. Cota was listed by gang investigators as a shot-caller given charge over regiments in the Salinas, Soledad and Greenfield areas.
October 13, 2011
GILROY--- Authorities announced the conclusion of a 16 month investigation dubbed Operation Garlic Press. More than 100 people identified as Norteno gang members were detained over a three day period in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Gilroy. Authorities seized 3 pounds of methamphetamine, 28.5 grams of heroin, 4 ounces of cocaine, 34 Ectasy tablets, 10 OxyContin pills, 44 firearms, 81 stolen vehicles and an assortment of other pilfered items. The sweeps involved the use of more than 400 officers from 39 separate agencies, including ATF, California Department of Justice, CHP, Monterrey County Sheriff's, Salinas Police Department and an assortment of other unidentified agencies. The breakdown of suspects included 51 suspected members of the Nortenos gangs and 2 Surenos. The inclusion of the Sureno gang members in the operation is curious considering the long and sorted history between the two factions.
October 17, 2011
TULARE--- 45 year old Sylvester 'Silvio' Gomez described by authorities as a high-ranking familia member received a 35 year sentence for a litany of crimes including, drug sales, weapons, child endangerment and gang offenses. Gomez was one of 10 people arrested in a January 2008 gang sweep. Raiding officers found marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and a handgun in a home where children were present. A three-strikes candidate, Gomez reportedly held authority over all familia criminal activities in Tulare county at the time of his arrest.
December 11, 2011
MERCED---Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II announced the completion of a series of raids conducted in an effort to prevent La Familia Michoacana from establishing a foothold in the Central Valley. La Familia Michoacana is known for its violent tendencies and links to the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas. The organization was founded by Carlos Rosales Mendoza and Zeta member Omar Lormendez-Pitalua. The pair were jailed in Mexico in 2004 and 2055 reulting in the rise of Jesus "Chango" Mendez-Vargas and Nazario Moreno-Gonzalez. Gonzalez was shot in killed on December 9, 2010 in Apatzingan, Mexico by Federal Police. Mendez Vargas was arrested in a highly publicized raid June 2011. The northern California raids conducted in Merced, Madera, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties resulted in the arrest of 24 cartel members and associates, the seizure of 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 14 pounds of powdered meth, 30 gallons of methamphetamine solution and 17 fire arms, a meth conversion lab, 2 meth super-labs, 4 vehicles modified to secret drugs or cash and $110,000 in cash. The obvious goal of preventing the cartel from taking advantage of the Norteno gangs controlled by Nuestra leaders was a consideration in this operation.
December 20, 2011
SAN JOSE--- Martin 'Cyclone' Montoya a top target in Operation Knockout and 25 year old Dakota Vernon Casperson of Castroville, were sentenced to serve 19 and 18 year federal terms. Montoya and Frank Garcia were two of those targeted in the April 2010 takedown of the Salinas regiment.
December 20, 2011
SALINAS---Miguel Gonzalez a 37 year old Norteno gang member from Salinas and 31 year old Adrian Gamino of Morgan Hill entered pleas of guilty on various methamphetamine related charges resulting from Operation Garlic Press. A multi-agency effort the crackdown resulted in 46 federal convictions, the seizure of 86 vehicles, 52 firearms and methamphetamine with an estimated street value in excess of $100,000.
February 6, 2012
HANFORD---Leonard Luera a 24 year old Familia associate enters a guilty plea in exchange for a maximum 4 year state prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Luera acknowledged using a telephone in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in conjunction with a Familia regiment directed by Shawn "Bubbles" Cameron.
March 4, 2012
LOS BANOS---A trial date was set for Pedro Cintora a 24 year old Familia associate and owner of Pete's Barbershop in Los Banos in connection with a multiagency cracked down last June dubbed Operation Red Zone. Cintora is alleged to have allowed Nuestra Familia Gonzalo Esquivel to sell methamphetamine from his business. Authorities also charged Anthony Heredia, a barber at the shop in connection with Esquivel's drug operation. Cintora maintains that he had no knowledge of the drug sales and denied allowing his business to host gang meetings.
March 19, 2012
SANTA CRUZ---Three Watsonville affiliates of the Northern Riders gang receive sentences for a 2010 robbery on Santa Clara Street. Jose Yudiel Mejia, 29, was sentenced to serve 7 years and 4 months for robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics for sale and gang participation. Blas Christopher Marquez, 23, and Larry Lloyd Lee, 35, were sentenced to 5 year terms for grand theft to benefit a gang, having a prison record, being active gang members and committing theft to benefit a gang. Mejia will be required to serve 85% of his sentence whereas Marquez and Lee will become parole eligible after serving 80% of their terms. The three are part of a growing contingent of former Nuestra Familia members and or associates who broke away and formed the Northern Riders and Nuevas Flores gangs in recent years.
April 8, 2012
SACRAMENTO---35 year old Juan "Wino" Gallegos pled guilty to conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana as well as four other drug related felonies. Under the terms of the plea agreement Gallegos admitted his participation in a drug distribution network affiliated with La Familia's Salinas Regiment and that between 2004 and 2007, he cut, transported and or delivered drugs from Southern California for distribution through Familia channels in the north.
April 15, 2012
STOCKTON---36 year old John Pantoja described as the Familia liason to its Norteno affiliates in Tracy pled guilty to four criminal charges ranging from street terrorism to possession of a firearm by a gang member. Under the terms of a plea agreement Pantoja is expected to receive a 14 year and 8 month state prison term of which he will be required to serve 85 to 100 percent of his sentence. Pantoja avoided a possible 40 year term had he been convicted at trial. Pantoja was arrested in June 2011 during a multi-agency sweep targeting local gang members called Operation Gateway a spin-off of an earlier sweep called Operation Crimson Tide.
MAY 6, 2012
SAN JOSE--- 33 year old Saragoza Santos Sanchez aka Capone, was sentenced to serve 223 years to life plus 112 years for a crime undertaken by area gang members as representatives of La Familia. Sanchez while serving as the regimental commander of the San Jose regiment ordered the kidnapping of a drug dealer who failed to pay for a shipment of methamphetamine obtained through gang sources. Sanchez in a fit of rage issued an order to make example out of the would be victim who was abducted on January 15, 2009. The victim escaped from a minivan as it travelled on the Capitol Expressway. Sanchez "who escaped a mandatory life sentence in 2004 when two of his prior convictions were set aside," had been charged with being a felon in possession of gun and ammunition in addition to gang enhancements. Previously he'd served time for assaulting a neighbor with a firearm in 1999.
May 7, 2012
SACRAMENTO---3 men identified as "former regimental commanders of Nuestra Familia groups in San Francisco and Merced County," were sentenced to federal prison for their role in a drug trafficking ring. Marco Gomez Jr., aka Silky, 33, and Benjamin Castro aka "Reaper" 35, both of San Francisco were sentenced to serve 25 year prison terms. Edward Fuentes, 32, of Merced received a 20 year prison term.
August 3, 2012
SOLEDAD---Investigators identify Vincent "Big Chente" Garcia, as a high ranking member of Nuestra Familia's Soledad operation. A native of Salinas long associated with the activities of Rico Garcia, Chente recently emerged in Soledad after stints in Greenfield and his native Salinas where it is believed he was dispatched to re-organize Familia business activities interrupted by several successful law enforcement operations. Garcia's efforts to revive the gang may be linked to a string of recent murders that have claimed the lives of several former Familia members and associates in recent months. Among the victims were;
Laurencia Hiracheta, "a 57 year old former gang associate shot as she sat in a parked car outside of her apartment on March 7, 2011".
Johnny "Tiger" Torres, 62 year old former Familia associate shot dead on September 4th, 2011 on Dixie Street.
George Campa, 343, a homicide victim shot at close range two weeks ago.
and Dario Melchor, 42, shot and killed at his home on Easter Sunday.
September 30, 2012
SANTA CRUZ---Jesse Andrew Ybarra, 32, purportedly a high-ranking Santa Cruz gang member affiliated with Nuestra Familia was convicted on three felony counts of participating in gang activity, possession of a weapon in jail and committing an assault in jail. The charges stemmed from an attack Ybarra made on another inmate on August 8, 2011 with a prison crafted knife. Ybarra's lengthy criminal record includes a number of prison terms the latest of which is an alleged parole violation. Facing 14 years behind bars, Ybarra's sentencing was set for November 27.
October 1, 2012
SALINAS--_27 year old Rebecca Guzman was sentenced in Sacramento court to a 14 year prison term by Judge William Shubb after pleading guilty to transportation of drug money, methamphetamines and cocaine for the Salinas regiment. Guzman is the niece of Larry "Pacqui" Amaro who until his arrest in 2007 served dually as the Salinas regimental commander and overall operations chief outside of prison for the state of California. Convicted and sentenced to serve a 40 year federal term, Amaro was aided in the scheme by a number of loyal Salinas gang members including Juan "Wino" Gallegos who entered a guilty plea in April and is slated to be sentenced in November.
November 8, 2012
SALINAS--_45 year old high ranking Nuestra Familia leader Alberto "Bird" Larez was arrested in a sweep targeting one of the group's largest and most profitable regiments. Larez and 45 year old Vidal "Spider" Fabela stand accused of spearheading the efforts of a group of Familia Generals serving life sentences at the Federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado to maintain a commanding presence in California criminal circles. Both were released from federal prison in 2010 and now face life sentences after a series of raids which netted cash, vehicles and a sizable quantity of narcotics including 25 pounds of methamphetamine, 40 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and oxycontin.
November 15, 2012
SACRAMENTO--_A federal grand jury returned a nine count indictment against 20 members and associates of Nuestra Familia for a variety of weapon and drug violations. Among the indicted were Vidal Dominic Fabela, 45, Zebulen Cole Hughes, 20, Albert Miranda, 20, Angelo Lorenzo Gonzales, 27, Marion Hernandez Garcia, 35, Jaime Ysidro Sturgis, 37, Emilio Roberto Lopez, 19, Rudolph Edward Jimenez, 26, and Eleazar Guido Nunez, 21, all of Sacramento, allegedly conspired to distribute and did distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in the Sacramento area. The indictment further charges Jose Andres Jaramillo, 35, a felon, with possessing a firearm that he distributed on behalf of Sturgis. In addition, Sturgis and Garcia were arrested on suspicion of possessing at least 50 grams of pure methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Alvaro Herrera, 29, Cilvino Dejesus Hernandez, 31, Arthur Albert Morales, 32, Juan Carlos Palacios Venegas, 42, and Rusty Allen Rycraft, 22, were charged with distribution of methamphetamine. Morales was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, and Rycraft was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Also indicted were Jesse Anthony Montanez, 24, Sonny Melvin Gonzalez, 23, Ramon Jose Levario, 30, Zachary Kurtz, 21, and Robert Emilio Gonzalez, 31, all of Sacramento. All are accused of distributing methamphetamine in the Sacramento area. Levario, a felon, allegedly also sold a firearm to a confidential source. Some of these defendants have criminal histories that include assault, carjacking and drug distribution.
November 15, 2012
SALINAS--- Rosa Martinez, a 32 year old a former conduit in the network of gangs associated with the Salinas and Watsonville regiments received a 70 month federal prison term. Martinez pled guilty earlier in the year to possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, conspiracy as well as aiding and abetting charges. Martinez was sentenced by Northern District Judge D. Lowell Jensen to a higher term than requested by prosecutors despite a number of supporting letters crediting Martinez for her attempts to improve herself following her arrest in detention in connection with Operation Garlic Press.
January 9, 2013
SAMTA CRUZ--- Rosa Maria Martinez, the 32 year old former conduit in the network of gangs associated with the Salinas and Watsonville regiments sentenced earlier to serve a 70 month federal prison term,received an additional two years in state prison. Martinez pled no contest to felony possession of stolen property. The state sentence will run concurrent to the federal term which was imposed on her in November 2012
January 21, 2013
SACRAMENTO--- Juan Gallegos aka "Wino," 36, of Salinas is sentenced by Judge William B. Shubb to 21 years and 10 months for his role in a narcotics distribution network between 2004 and 2007. Gallegos provided security for the distribution network run in connection with the Nuestra Familia's Salinas regiment. Under the terms of a guilty plea entered on April 9, 2012, Gallegos admitted that he transported, cut and distributed methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from Southern to Northern California in multi-kilo quantities. Other members of the Salinas regiment previously sentenced in connection with this case were;
On April 21, 2010, Manuel Gauna was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.
On December 13, 2010, Richard Mendoza was sentenced to 17½ years in prison.
On February 22, 2011, Bismark Ocampo was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
On May 25, 2011, the trial defendants were sentenced to the following:
Larry Amaro was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Ernest Killinger was sentenced to 36½ years in prison.
Gerardo Mora was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison.
Jason Stewart-Hanson was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
On July 25, 2011, Gabriel Caracheo was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
On July 27, 2011, David Ramirez was sentenced to 15½ years in prison.
On September 26, 2011, Fernando Villalpando was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
On October 17, 2011, Faustino Gonzalez was sentenced to more than 15½ years.
On November 28, 2011, Oscar Campos-Padilla was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
A second indictment resulted in Rebecca Guzman being sentenced to 14 years in prison on September 24, 2012.
Danny Pereda, aka T-Mighty, pleading guilty on April 23, 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25, 2013.
January 29, 2013
OAKLAND--- 48 year old Henry Cervantes aka Happy, is charged with two counts of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon and using a fire to commit a felony. The Cervantes indictment handed down on January 8, stems from the deaths of John Gilbert Navarette, 73 and Renee Washington, 56, whose bodies were found by firefighters responding to an apartment fire in the 3100 block of Coolidge Avenue on September 11, 2011. Authorities charge Cervantes committed the murders in connection with his duties as the Oakland Regimental commander. Cervantes faces the death penalty if convicted.
March 19, 2013
TURLOCK--- The Central Valley Gang Impact Team Task Force completed a two day sweep resulting in the arrest of 13 suspected members and associates of Nuestra Familia in Modesto, Turlock, Ceres and Hilmar. 7 of those detained face charges in connection with a methamphetamine trafficking operation and the remaining 6 faced an assortment of state charges ranging from murder to burglary. The murder charges stem from the December 30, shooting of David Hernandez, 35, in front of his grandmother's South Avenue home in Turlock. Ernesto Negrette has been charged and remains in custody in connection with that case. Among those held were;
Jesus Manuel Aispuro, also known as "Chuy," 18, and Jarred Elkins, 18, both of Turlock, and a 17-year-old juvenile from Hilmar on charges of attempted murder with a gang enhancement; Brian Gonzales, also known as "Troubles," 36, of Turlock on charges of attempted murder and burglary; Jorge Trevino, 40, of Turlock on a charge of sale of methamphetamine; and Steven Parga, also known as "Silent," 19, of Turlock on charges of conspiracy to transport marijuana and conspiracy to bring drugs into a custodial facility.
A federal grand jury previously indicted the seven other suspects arrested in the sweep. They were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth and possessing meth with the intent to distribute the drugs, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento.
Arrested Wednesday were Salvador Raymond Deleon Rodriguez, also known as "Sal" or "Fat Shark," 37, of Ceres; Maximilano Sanchez, also known as "Max," 38, of Turlock; Victor Barrajas Arriola, also known as "Twinky," 32, of Ceres; and Jesse Israel Alarcon, 23, of Modesto.
Arrested Tuesday were Joe Anthony Gomez Felix, also known as "Gator" and "Bullet," 33, and Danny Richard Edwin Brown, also known as "D-boy," 37, both of Modesto; and Gary Romero, 47, of Stockton. His aliases are "Pizza," "Cesar" and "Pepperoni."
March 26, 2013
SACRAMENTO--- Carol Huerta, 37, of Castroville, entered a guilty plea acknowledging that she received methamphetamine in 4-ounce quantities from a Castroville gang leader as payment for her "facilitation of communication between her husband and other incarcerated Nuestra Familia leaders housed in the Federal System. Huerta is married to Joseph "Pinky" Hernandez, who exercised ultimate control over the Salinas regiment through loyal minions like Robert "Bubba" Hanrahan.
April 9, 2013
SAN JOSE--- Alberto Jose Larez aka "Bird," a 44 year old Red Bluff resident was one of there men charged in the August 2012 murder of Martin Chacon of San Jose. A long time Familia member, authorities charged Larez in November 2011 with heading the gang's San Jose regiment. Two other men charged in the Chacon case were Angel Kiko Martinez, 30, of San Jose and Josef Ryan Oakes, 24, of Red Bluff. The men reportedly conspired with Larez to kill several rival San Jose gang members and individuals suspected of cooperating with law enforcement. Chacon and Larez were reportedly at odds over control of the San Jose regiment a dispute the ended when Chacon's body was found in the driver's seat of a white Chevy Impala in North San Jose. The murder kicked off a violent 11 day stretch that totaled 8 of the 46 homicides recorded in San Jose during 2012.
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|May 24, 2013
SALINAS--- 47 members and associates of Nuestra Familia's Salinas Regiment were detained in a multi-agency raid covering 20 Monterey county locations. Officials called the Salinas regiment La Familia's most important in the state. The investigation reportedly began during a crackdown on Chinatown area drug trafficking and expanded into an investigation of the Salinas regiment headed by Vincent "Big Chente" Garcia, 46, called the highest ranking Familia member outside of Pelican Bay's SHU. Garcia reportedly exercised command of the regiment through aide Trinidad Pimentel, 45, who resided in South Monterey County. Among those caught in Operation Snake Eyes were;
Vincent Garcia 1/26/1967 "Chente"
Trinidad Pimentel 1/12/1971 "Trini"
Joel Hernandez 9/13/1976
Omar Ramirez 9/28/1987
Xavier Lopez 10/27/1991
Rogelio Hernandez 8/19/1987
Efrain Perez 1/17/1974
Paul Leyba 11/16/1978
Gerald Albo 2/22/1990
Brian Alderte 1/6/1986
Jacqueline Brooks 10/24/1969
Pablo Castaneda 3/19/1990
Maria Delarosa 4/22/1958
William Feliz 9/7/1975
Cain Garcia 9/10/1984
Rafaela Garcia 7/26/1987
Gilberto Gutierrez 4/1/1983
Anthony Grijalva 10/16/1993
Tyrone Horton 11/16/1956
Markese Hunter 7/4/1979
Frank Ibarra 5/31/1978
Raymond Collins 9/29/1966
Marco Alcala 12/31/1971
Jose Avila 9/10/1951
Annette Brooks 1/26/1968
Stanley Edwards 5/24/1983
Bob Espinoza 2/26/1991
Isabel Rico 10/11/1982
Nicole Valencia 8/5/1970
Jason Stephens 9/27/1983
Daniel Sanchez 7/14/1987
Daniel Magdaleno 4/22/1986
Juan Ortiz 12/31/1991
Rudolpho Ontverio 8/17/1962
Yesenia Navarro 4/4/1983
Fook Tank 4/14/1938
Rudy Salas 5/2/1985
Mario Robles 6/10/1973
Alexander Padilla 9/12/1985
Jaime Perez 3/16/1983
Raul Mendoza 9/3/1988
Cory Meeks 9/12/1972
Jeffrey Lopez 9/21/1992
Cresencio Leon 10/7/1976
Duane Jefferson 4/17/1981
June 11, 2013
OAKLAND---Elias 'Hammer' Gonzalez, 30, of Mabton, Washington, Peter 'Mijo' Cuen and Peggy Larez enter guilty pleas in connection with Operation Red Dawn. Under the terms of his plea deal, Gonzalez acknowledged his participation in a Norteno gang in Yakima, Washington, operated under the direction of Nuestra Familia members in Northern California.
June 26, 2013
YUBA CITY--- Mosies Urquidez, 29, a high-ranking Yuba City gang member tasked with overseeing Nuestra Familia tax collection activities in Sutter County entered a plea of not guilty on weapons and gang charges in an appearance before Sutter County Superior Court Judge Christopher R. Chandler. Urquidez was one of a number of Yuba City gang members rounded up in a local gang investigation. 39 year Ray J. Caudillo and his son Ray Caudillo Jr., 17, were charged with weapons violations and or criminal street gang participation.
July 9, 2013
WATSONVILLE--- 39 year old Armand Valle aka Bandit, enters a plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court. Valle faces a mandatory minimum 10 year sentence with a possible maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Authorities charged Valle and Martin Martinez with directing the activities of the Familia's Watsonville and Salinas regiments in conjunction with several other NF members and associates. Sentencing was scheduled for September 30.
July 10, 2013
FRESNO - Gonzalo Esquivel aka Gunner, 34, and Efren Jiminez aka Grande, 33, both of Los Banos, and Kenneth Hernandez aka Kenny, 30, of Dos Palos entered guilty pleas admitting that they conspired to arrange the sale of methamphetamine to two Madera men in June 2011. The trio faces a minimum 10 year prison term with a possible life sentence for their role in a two ounce sale of methamphetamine to Gustavo Moreno aka Gus Gus, 33 and David Torres, 33, both of Madera. Court documents identify the trio as members or associates of Norteno gangs affiliated with Nuestra Familia.
July 18, 2013
PELICAN BAY--- Javier Zubiate an inmate formerly in charge of Familia business in Santa Rosa identifies Antonio Guillen as "the highest ranking general within the state faction. A Los Angeles Time features reveals publicly that the former '2nd tier Familia leader,' has debriefed in an attempt to escape the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison.
July 22, 2013
FRESNO--- Felipe Gutierrez, 38, of Madera, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and Manuel Alejandro Garcia aka Mugsy, 27, of Lemoore, pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine in case targeting active members and associates of Nuestra Familia. Court documents identify Gutierrez as a member of the Madera County regiment involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in Sacramento and Modesto between December 2009 and June 2010. During the same time period Garcia is alleged to have assisted Nuestra Familia members distribute methamphetamine and cocaine in Kings County. Both face 5 to 40 year terms when sentenced on October 25, by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill.
August 1, 2013
WATSONVILLE--- Federal agents arrested Oscar “Baby Joker” Cabrera, 36, in Jacona, Michoacan, Mexico on a 7 year old murder warrant. Authorities suspect Cabrera in 3 Salinas area homicides in association with his duties as the commander of Nuestra Familia’s Watsonville regiment. Authorities credit Cabrera with being one of the first Familia members to establish direct contact with a Mexican cartel. A close associate of Robert “Bubba” Hanrahan “former Salinas regimental commander,” Cabrera was found working in a butcher shop on property owned by family members in Mexico. Cabrera is the brother of Julio “Sleepy” Cabrera, 28, currently serving a 14 year term for a 2010 shooting, Evaristo Amezcua Cabrera, 35, sentenced in a 270 day sentence in 2011 for threatening restaurant patrons and Mauro Cabrera, convicted of felony gun charges in 2008.
August 18, 2013
SALINAS--- Juan 'Wino' Gallegos, 36, and Danny 'T-Mighty' Pereda, 29, are sentenced to serve 21 years and 10 months and 20 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine and cocaine as members or associates of Nuestra Familia. Authorities charged that between April 2004 and June 2007, Pereda functioned as a top level Familia distributor moving multi-kilogram amounts of methamphetamine every other day. Familia associate Rebecca Guzman received a sentence of 14 years in prison. Two others have entered guilty pleas in connection with the case and are scheduled to be sentenced in September.
September 8, 2013
SALINAS--- Alvaro Cobian Gomez, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb to a 20 year prison term for participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea entered by on July 5, 2011. Gomez admitted conspiring with Nuestra Familia members to distribute methamphetamine through the Salinas regiment.
January 26, 2014
FRESNO--- Shawn Michael Cameron, 36, former commander of the Kings county regiment pled guilty to multiple drug trafficking offenses. Vanessa Mojarro Cameron, 26, and Jonathan Mojarro, 24, both of Hanford and Carlos Enriquez, 34, of Lemoore, also entered guilty pleas. The Cameron's, Mojarro and Enriquez reportedly oversaw a drug trafficking network that orchestrated the delivery of more than 45 lbs., of methamphetamine to various Familia regiments throughout California, Utah and other western states. All are scheduled for sentencing on April 21, 2014 when Shawn Cameron, Mojarro and Enriquez are expected to receive 10 year terms.
March 19, 2014
SAN JOSE--- Jose Miguel Aguilar, aka Lil Joe, reportedly one of the highest ranking members of Sunnyvale's Varrio Via Sol, an affiliate of Nuestra Familia's Norteno feeder system, was sentenced to 12 years for methamphetamine trafficking. Indicted on October 17, 2013, Aguilar pled guilty on December 18, 2013 to one count of intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. Under the terms of his plea agreement Aguilar acknowledged he is a "career offender," with at least 3 felonies committed over the course of two decades.
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