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Feds: One of the MS-13 leaders in Maryland faces life in prison

A leader of MS-13 in Maryland from Severn pleaded guilty Friday to a conspiracy to participate in MS-13; attempted murder in aid of racketeering; and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

Jose Augustin Salmeron-Larios, 25, faces life in prison for his involvement in the transnational gang.

“Salmeron-Larios’ arrest and conviction have dealt a significant blow to MS-13 in Maryland,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a prepared statement. “As the founder and leader of the Maryland Program, Salmeron-Larios organized and coordinated violence, drug trafficking and extortion among six cliques operating in the Maryland area.”

Four MS-13 gang members sentenced for series of armed robberies in Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE, Md. (ABC7) — Four MS-13 gang members were sentenced in Montgomery County Thursday for their roles in a series of armed robberies last fall.

All four had plead guilty, and their sentences range between 15 and 40 years.

The men are suspected in at least 8 robberies in Maryland and Virginia. They were sentenced Thursday just for their roles in robberies in Montgomery County.

Last fall. the men targeted check cashing businesses in Silver Spring and Wheaton.

Police: MS-13 Gang Member Charged In L.I. Teens' Murders

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- An MS-13 gang member has been charged in the murders of two teenagers in Nassau County.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Friday, Angel Soler was only 15 years old, and Josue Amaya Leonor was only 19. Both were from Roosevelt, and their bodies were found in separate locations in Nassau County.

Both were victims of the MS-13 gang.

Now, Kevin Lopez-Morales, 20, has been arrested in their murders. He walked out of the Nassau County Police Department with his head down on Friday and did not say a word.

Gang members indicted in killing of Canton bartender

Gang members have been indicted in the killing of Sebastian Dvorak, a popular bartender who was killed in Canton in June 2017.

The arrest is part of a much larger case involving 13 members of the Bloods gang. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh held a press conference Monday to announce the indictments of gang members working in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

The indictments are for drug, organized crime and other charges, including the killing of Dvorak.
 

According to Frosh, a member of the "500L," a subset of the Bloods gang, killed Dvorak. One of the high-ranking members, Robert Lewis, provided a gun to Malik Mungo, who Frosh said robbed and killed Dvorak with another person.

The indictments of 13 defendants include Clinton Davis, 36; Joseph Flowers, 38; Duwarn Holt, 29; Markeece Jordan, 25; Robert Lewis, 38; Malik Mungo, 18; Vernon Miller, 29; Dante Neal, 21; Gregory Randle, 34; Harvey Turner, 28; Keith Worthington, 33; Lienell Young, 33; and Timothy Zeller, 36.

UPDATE: Salisbury woman sentenced for ordering stabbing of inmate at ECI

WESTOVER, Md. - A woman has been sentenced for her role in a racketeering conspiracy and the stabbing of an inmate while she was employed as a correctional officer at Eastern Correctional Institution.

The United States Department of Justice for the District of Maryland says on Friday, Correctional Officer Rachelle Hankerson was sentenced to four years and four months in prison for a racketeering conspiracy that operated at ECI and for deprivation of rights under color of law for participating in the stabbing of an inmate.

The Salisbury woman admitted that she accepted payments from facilitators and inmates to smuggle contraband into ECI, including narcotics, cell phones and tobacco. The 28-year-old charged at least $500 per package of contraband she smuggled into ECI. Authorities say she also admitted that she approached a co-defendant who was a member of the Bloods gang at ECI for whom she smuggled contraband, and asked the inmate to confront another inmate, with whom she had had a verbal dispute.

Police: 20-year-old arrested, 21-year-old suspect identified in death of Makiyah Wilson

WASHINGTON - A 20-year-old man from Southeast DC has been arrested in the death of 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson, according to DC Police.

Police Chief Peter Newsham and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Saturday that 20-year-old Qujuan Thomas had been arrested on a first-degree murder charge for the death of 10-year-old Makiyah, who was gunned down on July 16 when four gunmen pulled up into her Northeast neighborhood and opened fire on a group of people.

Several others were also injured in the shooting.

Police say they are now trying to locate a 21-year-old Quentin Michals from Southeast. Investigators are also working to identify three other suspects involved in the young girl's death.

According to court documents, now-arrested suspect Thomas took a plea deal for charges related to a robbery with a firearm last summer and had a two-year sentence suspended.

Due to this plea deal, Thomas was out of jail at the time of Makiyah's death when he would have otherwise been behind bars.

Salvadoran man wanted on gang-related homicide charge is deported

An Elizabeth man who is wanted on a gang-related charge in his native El Salvador has been deported, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Melvin Isaac Martinez-Guevara, 25, was pulled over by the police in Brick on June 10, 2017, for a seatbelt violation. The officer learned that there was an Interpol warrant for Martinez-Guevara's arrest for his alleged involvement in a gang-related homicide, according to a Brick police statement.

Authorities say he is a member of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13. Details of the crime were not immediately available on Monday. It was not clear if he had an attorney.

Martinez-Guevara, who police said entered the country illegally, was taken to the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility after his arrest. He was deported Friday and turned over to authorities in El Salvador, according to a news release from the ICE office in Newark.

Leader Of Major Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced To 16 Years

The leader of a sprawling drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, from California to Florida to Massachusetts, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, as part of a coordinated law enforcement takedown codenamed Operation Tin Panda that to date has resulted in the conviction of 39 defendants on federal firearms and drug charges.

“These cases underscore the insidious intersection between drugs, guns, and gangs,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Mr. Carew’s interstate drug trafficking operation not only supplied drugs to violent members of the Bloods gang, but also engaged in the wholesale distribution of drugs to armed street-level dealers in Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, and elsewhere along the East Coast. The Operation Tin Panda takedown in December 2017 involved over 300 agents and officers from 16 law enforcement agencies, providing a powerful example of the benefits that flow from the collaborative efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement.”

According to court documents, Nasiru Carew, 36, of Dale City, pleaded guilty on April 13 to conspiring to distribute over 1,000 kilograms (or 2,200 pounds) of marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol edibles since 2012. Carew, who entered the United States as a refugee in 1994, was the leader of a major drug trafficking conspiracy that supplied violent gang members of the Imperial Gangsta Blood set of the United Blood Nation gang, and other non-gang customers. Carew shipped marijuana grown in California to supply his operation in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, and he also coordinated the distribution of THC-laced edibles to sub-distributors in Virginia and elsewhere. A majority of Carew’s business came from supplying wholesale quantities of these drugs to co-conspirators, who were themselves street-level dealers. Many of these co-conspirators distributed controlled substances while armed with firearms.

MS-13 member in Virginia pleads guilty to murder for hacking man to death with machete

A Virginia MS-13 member charged with hacking to death a man who was killed for speaking ill of the notorious gang last year has pleaded guilty, according to reports.

Jose Luis Escobar-Umana, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday in Albemarle County Circuit Court to four crimes in the July 3, 2017, killing of Marvin Joel Rivera Guevera -- first degree murder, abduction, lynching and being a member of a criminal street gang, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported.

Three other MS-13 gang members have pleaded guilty in the slaying, the paper reported.

Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, 21, reportedly an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, pleaded guilty to the same four counts as Escobar-Umana.

MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to grisly quadruple murder

An MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty Monday to the murder of four rival gangbangers on Long Island last year, admitting he was one of the men who butchered and bludgeoned the victims with blades and tree limbs.

Josue Portillo, 17, pleaded guilty to four counts of racketeering murder and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering in federal court in Central Islip for the April 2017 slayings of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez, Jorge Tigre and Jefferson Villalobos.

“Myself and another MS-13 member personally murdered Michael Lopez by stabbing him with knives. I did this knowingly, willfully and without coercion when I was 15 years old,” Portillo said quietly in court, where he appeared unshaven and uncuffed in green and white striped prison scrubs.

Teen sentenced to 48 years for 2016 murder

Ashburn, Va. - A Herndon teen has been sentenced to 48 years in state prison for a 2016 Ashburn murder.

17-year old Oscar Lopez Nieto is the second of three suspects to be sentenced for the gang-related crime.

Nieto plead no contest to first degree murder and related charges in April. On November 4, 2016, deputies responded to Ashburn Meadows apartments for reports of a stabbing. Upon arrival, they found a 19-year old man bleeding from his neck, back, and leg and 22-year-old Guillermo Piedra-Espinoza dead at the scene. The suspects were identified as members of MS-13. Peidra-Espinoza was suspected to be a member of the rival 18th Street Gang

MS-13 gang member convicted in Maverick Station shooting

An MS13 gang member originally from East Boston but who was living most recently in New York was convicted Wednesday by a Suffolk Superior Court jury of shooting a rival gang member and a bystander at the MBTA Blue Line station at Maverick Square two years ago, officials said.

Rogelio Alvarado, 23, of Huntington, N.Y., was found guilty of two counts of assault and battery by discharging a firearm and single counts of unlawfully possessing a firearm and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement.

He was acquitted of an additional count of armed assault with intent to murder, the statement said.

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