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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced For Robbing Taxi Drivers

BALTIMORE (WJZ) An MS-13 gang member was sentenced to more than five years behind bars for his part in robbing several taxi drivers here in Maryland.

Kevin Fernandez-Serrano, 23, was sentenced to 68 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for leading a conspiracy to rob taxi drivers.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Fernandez-Serrano, who is an El Salvador native, admitted to being an MS-13 gang member during his trial.

Authorities found that Fernandez-Serrano and at least three others robbed taxi drivers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Fernandez-Serrano provided weapons — knives and a gun — to be used during the robberies, and he was the getaway driver.

MS-13 gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison in brutal killing of 15-year-old girl

A female member of MS-13 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday in the brutal killing of a 15-year-old girl.

Venus Romero Iraheta, 18, was convicted of murder in January 2018 in the 2017 slaying of Damaris Reyes Rivas.

She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, abduction and criminal street participation earlier this year at the court Fairfax County, Virginia.

Prosecutors said Iraheta was one of the 10 MS-13 members and associates who met Damaris at Lake Accotink Park in Fairfax County, seeking revenge for the murder of her boyfriend, Christian Sosa Rivas. Reyes Rivas was a student at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Maryland State Police arrest suspected gang member on drug, weapons charges

Maryland State Police arrested a Baltimore man suspected of supplying heroin and cocaine to other drug dealers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County on Thursday, according to police.

Andre Duane Davis, 29, was arrested on drug dealing and weapons charges as part of an effort by Maryland State Police to crack down on inter-jurisdictional criminal activity, according to state police.

Maryland State Police, Anne Arundel County Police and Homeland Security Investigations served a warrant Thursday in the 4500 block of Pennington Ave. in Curtis Bay, where they found heroin, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, prescription opioids and two handguns, according to state police.

MARYLAND NEWS: BALTIMORE, TWO LEADERS IN THE BLACK GUERILLA FAMILY GANG PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY CHARGE, INCLUDING AUTHORIZING MURDERS

Baltimore, Maryland – Ricky Evans, a/k/a Dorsey, and Shawn Thomas, a/k/a Bucky, both age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty on November 5, 2018, to the federal charge of participating in a racketeering conspiracy, as leaders in the Black Guerilla Family(BGF) gang.

The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

According to their plea agreements, from prior to 2010 through February 22, 2018, Evans and Thomas were employed by and associated with the BGF gang. BGF is a nationwide gang operating in prisons and in cities throughout the United States, including in Baltimore. BGF is involved in criminal activity including murder, robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice, and witness intimidation.

West Baltimore 'Trained to Go' gang members found guilty of dealing heroin, murdering rivals

In a verdict celebrated by the city’s interim police commissioner and the U.S. attorney for Maryland, a federal jury convicted eight men Wednesday of racketeering crimes as part of a murderous West Baltimore heroin crew known as “Trained To Go.”

The jury found members of the gang murdered nine people, threatened witnesses and dealt large quantities of heroin — at least 1,000 grams — around the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Jurors deliberated one week before finding all eight men guilty. The convictions represent the latest victory for prosecutors who have been turning to the federal racketeering act to lock up Baltimore’s street gangs.

“We are not letting up,” pledged Robert Hur, the U.S. attorney for Maryland. “These defendants were responsible for a staggering amount of violence.

MS-13 member who directed drug scheme from prison gets 10 more years

A 32-year-old MS-13 gang member previously incarcerated in California will spend an additional decade behind bars for arranging a 2015 drug shipment to New Jersey, federal prosecutors said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares on Tuesday sentenced Luis Calderon, also known as "Lagrima," to 10 years in prison for arranging the shipment of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to an Edison business park, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said Calderon, who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges, had access to numerous contraband cellphones while behind the bars of Calipatria State Prison.

Calderon's calls arranging the shipment with a New Jersey gang member, prosecutors said, were being monitored by Homeland Security Investigations, whose agents intercepted the package before it could be delivered.

Virginia leader of Bloods gang gets 20 years for drug trafficking and gun crimes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (ABC7) — Tarvell Vandiver, 29, the leader of a Northern Virginia division of the national gang, United Blood Nation, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug trafficking and gun charges.

Vandiver of Triangle, Virginia was arrested along with than 40 people in DC, Maryland, and Virginia in December 2017 as part of Operation Tin Panda, a gang-related sting operation conducted by the ATF, the FBI, and local law enforcement.

Vandiver was a long-time member of the Imperial Gangsta Blood gang (IGB), according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He had been acting as the “superior” of the IGB, a “hood” of the United Blood Nation.

As of September, 39 defendants had been convicted on federal firearms and drug charges as part of Operation Tin Panda, including Vandiver’s stepfather, Rashourn Niles, 37, of Woodbridge. Niles pled guilty in April to distributing cocaine and heroin. Niles supplied cocaine to Vandiver and taught him how to manufacture “crack” cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's statement.

Suspected gang members charged in May assault on bicycling teen

Two suspected gang members have been arrested and another is wanted in connection with the spring abduction and assault of a teen riding his bicycle near Manassas Mall.

On Oct. 25, detectives with the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force wrapped up an investigation into the May 7 case, which happened in the area of Rixlew Lane and Sudley Road.

Kevin Oswaldo Duran Reyes, 18, of the 7500 block of Gales Court in Manassas was arrested and charged with abduction, brandishing a firearm, assault and battery and two counts of gang participation, said Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus.

An 18-year-old teen was charged with abduction, assault and battery and two counts of gang participation, Probus said. He was 17 at the time and has been charged as a juvenile. His name was not released.

2 MS-13 gang members plead guilty to murder, attempted murder

BRENTWOOD - Officials say two alleged MS-13 gang members have pleaded guilty to separate murder and attempted murder charges.

They say 26-year-old Ronald Catalan, of Brentwood, pleaded guilty Monday to the attempted murder of three rival gang members. His trial was supposed to start today.

According to police, Catalan had been a leader of the Brentwood MS-13 clique.

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