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Md. MS-13 member found guilty in ‘greenlight’ gang murder

WASHINGTON — A Maryland man is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison after a federal jury found he took part in a Frederick, Maryland, gang murder that was ordered from El Salvador.

Raul Ernesto Landaverde-Giron took part in the murder of Merlin Garcia more than four years ago, prosecutors said, after the victim was lured into the Frederick’s wooded Hillcrest neighborhood.

The Silver Spring man is one of seven defendants charged in the case.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the evidence proves Giron was one of three MS-13 gang members who followed through on a so-called “greenlight order” from gang members in El Salvador to find and kill Garcia after he escaped the country.

Alleged MS-13 member indicted for suburban Maryland drug trafficking, attempted murder

A federal grand jury has indicted an alleged MS-13 member on multiple charges stemming from the organization’s drug trafficking business in suburban Maryland.

Luis Arnoldo Flores-Reyes, 37, of Arlington, Virginia, is charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

The indictment alleges that from at least 2015 through January 2018, Mr. Flores-Reyes was a member and associate of MS-13’s Sailors Clique and that he engaged in a racketeering conspiracy including extortion, drug trafficking, murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Prosecutors allege members of the Sailors Clique, including Mr. Flores-Reyes, extorted owners of illegal businesses in the Langley Park and Wheaton areas of Maryland, with the profits being sent to MS-13 members in El Salvador. In addition, the Justice Department accused Sailors Clique members of trafficking drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, in Langley Park.

MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy and Drug Trafficking

BOSTON – A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to charges of racketeering conspiracy and drug conspiracy.

Rutilio Portillo, a/k/a “Pantera,” 34, a Salvadoran national who resided in Chelsea, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy, as well as conspiracy to distribute marijuana. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2018.

After a three-year investigation, Portillo was one of 61 persons named in a superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts. Portillo was a “homeboy,” or full member, of MS-13’s Everett Locos Salvatrucha (ELS) clique. During the investigation, law enforcement officers recorded conversations between Portillo and a cooperating witness in which Portillo discussed ongoing MS-13 activities in Massachusetts and admitted to conspiring with MS-13 members to distribute marijuana.

Portillo is the 34th defendant to be convicted in this case. The charge of RICO conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, a minimum of two years of supervised release, and a fine of no greater than $250,000. Portillo will be subject to deportation upon the completion of their sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Two gang members charged in Allentown stabbing, beating

Two Latin Kings gang members allegedly beat and stabbed a man Tuesday morning in an apartment in Allentown, according to court records.

Alec Bermudez, 23, and Hector G. Escalera, 24, both of Allentown, beat the victim at 11:13 a.m. in an apartment in the 200 block of Turner Street, court records say.

During the assault, Bermudez yelled “stab him” to Escalera, who plunged a kitchen knife into the victim’s abdomen, police said. Bermudez then stabbed the victim once in the back, according to the records.

Bermudez and Escalera fled, dumping one of the knives, police said. The victim’s sister flagged down a police officer.

The victim and family members told police they knew the two suspects and told officers where they live, according to the records.

Allentown officers arrested Escalera and Bermudez at Bermudez’s apartment in the 400 block of West Maple Street a short time later, police said.

Suspected MS-13 gang member believed to be tied to robberies across D.C. area being sought

Detectives in Virginia and Maryland are looking for a suspected MS-13 gang member who is believed to have ties to a string of robberies that ended with a crash in November that shut down part of the Beltway.

The man the police are looking for is 24-year-old Jose Molina Arevalo.

Since the November crash, ABC7 uncovered a search warrant that shows several of the MS-13 members involved in the crash were behind seven robberies across Virginia and Maryland since June.

MS-13 Members Convicted For Brutal Murder

Six MS-13 gang members were convicted Monday for their roles in a disturbing kidnapping and murder and extortion scheme in Northern Virginia. Ten gang members—three from the Alexandria area of Fairfax County and seven from Leesburg—in all had been charged in the kidnapping and and murder of Otero-Henriquez, 18, of Leesburg and a separate extortion scheme. Aside from the six convicted gang members, the remaining four pleaded guilty before trial.

According to prosecutors, the gang members believed the victim was part of the rival 18th Street gang. On May 21, 2016, the gang members lured Otero-Henriquez into a car, saying they were going to a party but instead driving to a quarry at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. At the quarry, the group restrained and killed Otero-Henriquez by stabbing him over 50 times and beating him.

Baltimore Co. police warn parents of gang recruitment in schools

CHASE, Md. (WBFF) - Baltimore County police say they're seeing some gang activity in the county, and a lot of kids are recruited at school.

The county school system held a meeting in Chase about safety Monday night.

Teachers, parents and students gathered inside Oliver Beach Elementary School.

This month's topic centered on gang awareness.

County statistics showed 1,688 "validated" gang members, including 607 members of the Bloods (250 of them active members), 418 members of Dead Man Inc., (DMI), 274 members of the Crips, 234 members of Black Guerrilla Family and 56 members of MS-13.

Accused MS-13 members laugh in court near victim’s family

Five accused members of the bloodthirsty MS-13 street gang palled around like they were having a grand old time in court Tuesday as the family of a 16-year-old girl they’re accused of slaughtering looked on grimly from the gallery.

Enrique Portillo, Alexi Saenz and Jairo Saenz laughed and grinned amongst themselves, their shackles clanking, as prosecutors said they’d yet to hear if the Justice Department will allow them to seek the death penalty for the murder of best friends Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas in Brentwood in 2016.

Mickens, 15, and Cuevas, 16, were bludgeoned with a baseball bat and hacked to death with machetes by the men as the girls headed home from school, authorities have said.

3 gang members charged after brutal beating of teen girl in MS-13 home

WASHINGTON — Three gang members were charged on Jan. 29 for first degree assault, child abuse and gang activity after a teenage girl who worked for MS-13 as a prostitute was brutally beaten in a Kensington, Maryland, home which housed more criminal activity.

The alleged attack and other crimes are all said to have occurred in a house not far from the Westfield Wheaton Mall and Einstein High School in the 11209 block of Valley View Avenue.

Official documents say 20-year-old Ivan Pena-Rodriguez, 24-year-old Miguel Ayala-Rivera, and 21-year-old Yervin Romero-Rivera were among five men who used a baseball bat to beat the 15-year-old victim more than two dozen times “for not doing a good job” as a prostitute.

The victim, who was interviewed on the phone by police, would not tell local authorities where she was. She also refused to say that she knew one of her attackers, who was stopped by police in Ocean City during the summer of 2017.

Wicomico County Gang Member Arrested On Gun Charges

Maryland State Police have arrested a criminal gang member who is believed to have been involved in trafficking guns on the Eastern Shore.

The accused is identified as Dana A. Lank II, 38, of Willards, Md. He is currently charged with the illegal possession/sale of an assault weapon, being a prohibited person in possession of a rifle/shotgun, and illegal possession of ammunition. Additional charges are possible. Following his arrest, Lank was held without bond in the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Earlier this month, members of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit and the Maryland State Apprehension Team began an investigation after information was developed concerning Lank’s possible involvement with the illegal sale of firearms. The State Police investigation indicated Lank was involved in converting semi-automatic rifles to fully-automatic and illegally selling regulated assault rifles. Investigators determined Lank was involved in a pending illegal sale of an undocumented SKS assault rifle. He was also identified as a member of the Dead Man Incorporated criminal gang.

ATF Baltimore Seeks Leads on Cherry Hill Fugitives

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $1,000 each for information leading to the arrest of three men allegedly involved in a Cherry Hill gang. Travis Eugene Alewine, Deaven Raeshawn Cherry and Terrell Luster were indicted, along with 18 others, in September 2016 for their alleged roles in a violent drug distribution conspiracy known as the Hillside Enterprise.

“There is no higher priority for ATF Baltimore than the safety of our communities,” said Amanda Hils, ATF public information officer. “These individuals have been indicted on serious charges and anyone with information about them is urged to contact us immediately.” The gang operated for 14 years in South Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood. Hillside members often sold drugs — powder and crack cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana — at the Cherry Hill Shopping Center, according to the indictment.

Mar 2018