Two Dozen Mexican Mafia and other Gangs and Associates Arrested on Federal Narcotic violations right now in San Fernando Valley
by Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. April 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM PST
According to Salvador Hernandez, Assistant Director in Demand of the FBI in Los Angeles mentioned two dozen folks associated with the Mexican Mafia and other Hispanic avenue gangs were charged federally for their roles in a narcotics distribution ring working in the San Fernando Valley.
The investigation was initiated early very last calendar year by the LAPD and the FBI’s Safe Streets Undertaking Drive to tackle gang-related crime in the San Fernando Valley. The investigation concentrated on identifying and disrupting drug trafficking companies and related violence carried out by Hispanic gangs associated with the Mexican Mafia. Said, Michael Moore, Deputy Main of LAPD’s Valley Operations Bureau.
Centered on felony complaints submitted in U.S. District Courtroom in Los Angeles right now the courtroom-authorized wire interceptions, surveillance, and private sources were employed through the investigation to purchase narcotics and weapons from the topics in this situation. The defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, Title 21, USC, Area 846. One particular issue, Oscar Carbajal, is charged with remaining in the United States illegally subsequent a prior deportation.
The courtroom paperwork outline a narcotics distribution ring in which defendants performed numerous roles in a coordinated methamphetamine trafficking enterprise, such as sales, distribution and transportation.
Brokers from a number of federal businesses and officers with the LAPD executed over a dozen federal arrest warrants and twelve federal research warrants that resulted in the seizure of funds, narcotics, and weapons. Various folks charged in the grievance were by now in custody and around four folks were arrested on related and unrelated condition prices.
Before this calendar year the greatest – at any time federal gang situation associated the arrests and convictions of the Florencia 13 Gang also recognized as the Mexican Mafia, they staged attacks towards African-Americans in a bid to management drug trafficking in South Los Angeles Neighborhoods.
Florencia 13 (F13), were associated in narcotics distribution along with the shootings and were convicted on a host of federal felony prices, such as racketeering and narcotics distribution.
The 10 defendants were uncovered responsible after a 3½-month demo. They are between 102 defendants named in four F13-related indictments that were returned by a federal grand jury in the fall of 2007. The investigation into F13, which was termed Operation Joker’s Wild, led to the greatest gang takedown in American history, with 96 of the 102 defendants remaining taken into custody. Seventy-six of the defendants have now been convicted, possibly at demo or as the consequence of responsible pleas, with the remaining defendants pending demo.
“The investigation into Florencia 13 demonstrated the electric power of law enforcement coming jointly to battle arranged avenue gangs,” mentioned United States Legal professional Thomas P. O’Brien.
Assistant United States Legal professional Peter A. Hernandez whom prosecuted the gang mentioned “This gang – which focused African-Americans, whether or not they posed a risk to the gang’s drug-trafficking operations – posed an imminent threat. As a consequence of this prosecution, the people of South Los Angeles can stay alittle much easier recognizing that these hazardous gangsters have been taken off the avenue.”
Those people charged in the federal grievance right now include:
Karen Arizpe, forty six, of Reseda
Juan Ceja Barrera, forty four, of Reseda
Oscar Carbajal, 37, of Pacoima
Lisa Chavez, 28, of Northridge
Elmerante De La Cruz, 40, Mission Hills
Juan Carlos Deloera, 32, Northridge
Jesus Roberto Diaz Glindo, 36, of Pacoima
Senobio Gonzalez, 34, of Lake See Terrace
Miguel Angel Guzman Gutierrez, 26, of Solar Valley
Humberto Jimenez, 36, of Mission Hills
Ileana Patricia Luna, 31, of Pacoima
Dagoberto Ochoa, 33, of San Fernando
Candida Guerrero Padilla, 37, of Pacoima
Franciso Rodriguez, 37, of Pacoima
Richard Silva, 54, of Sylmar
Shaeda Wall, 34, of Van Nuys
Antonio Garcia, 37, incarcerated in Bureau of Prisons
Jaime Garcia, 37, incarcerated at L.A. County Jail
Monique Lopez, 32, incarcerated in CA Condition Prison
Salvador Lopez, 29, incarcerated in Ventura County Jail
Michael Martinez, 45, incarcerated in L.A. County Jail
Carlos Portillo, 28, incarcerated in CA Condition Prison
Romero Topiltzin, 34, incarcerated in L.A. County Jail
Jose Serrano, 38, incarcerated in Bureau of Prisons
Authorities explained to this reporter that this investigation was done by the LAPD and the FBI’s Safe Streets Undertaking Drive, a single of dozens of such undertaking forces during the United States, funded for the purpose of aiding nearby police in identifying and addressing violent crime in The us. Appreciable guidance was presented through this investigation and in present-day operation by a number of added businesses, such as, DEA, ICE, ATF, Bureau of Prisons, the California Division of Corrections, and the Division of Youngster and Family members Companies of Los Angeles County. The defendants mentioned above will be prosecuted by Jennifer Corbit of the United States Attorney’s Business in Los Angeles.
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