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East Coast MS-13 leader sentenced to 19 years in prison

BOSTON — An East Coast leader of the violent Central American street gang MS-13 has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Jose Adan Martinez Castro was sentenced in Boston's federal court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy in November. Authorities say Castro was the leader of the MS-13's East Coast Program.

Castro was one of dozens of MS-13 members indicted by federal prosecutors in Massachusetts in 2016.

Authorities say they used a cooperating witness to record a meeting with East Coast Program leaders at Castro's home in Richmond, Virginia in December 2015.

Police charge second man in alleged MS-13 murder in Annapolis

A Montgomery County man has been charged in the gang killing of a teenager who police say was one of three people killed by members of MS-13 in Anne Arundel County in the last three years.

Brandon Recinos-Guardado, 22, of Rockville, was charged July 10 with first- and second-degree murder as well as tampering with evidence as police wrote in charging documents he served as a lookout during the murder of 17-year-old Neris Bonilla-Palacios in August 2017 and burned evidence. Police revealed the arrest Tuesday following his extradition from Louisiana, where he was incarcerated, to Maryland. He’s being held without bond pending a bail review hearing Wednesday.

He is also charged with being a member of MS-13, a transnational gang law enforcement officials say is terrorizing Hispanic immigrant communities in the D.C. metropolitan area and elsewhere.

Teen beaten, fatally shot in gang-related attack

A Brooklyn teen was beaten and fatally shot on Sunday during a vicious gang-related attack near his home, according to police sources.

Justin Richey, 16, was walking near the corner of Pine St. and Blake Ave. in East New York when members of the notorious Bloods street gang set upon him at around 5 p.m., the sources said.

After jumping and pummeling him, someone from the group pulled a gun and started blasting.

Richey was hit multiple times and later found about a half-block away from where he was assaulted, cops said.

Long-Time Leader, Two Members of NJ Grape Street Crip Gang Convicted of Racketeering, Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. – Three members of the New Jersey set of the violent street gang “Grape Street Crips” – including its long-time leader – were convicted by a federal jury today of racketeering conspiracy and a host of murders, shootings, and drug trafficking crimes, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie and DEA Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson announced.

The leader of the enterprise, Corey Hamlet, a/k/a “C-Blaze,” a/k/a “Blaze,” a/k/a “Blizzie,” a/k/a “Castor Troy,” 41, of Belleville, New Jersey; and associates Tony Phillips, a/k/a “Blue,” 27, of Newark; and Ahmad Manley, a/k/a “Fresh,” a/k/a “Moddi G,” 32, of Summit, New Jersey, were convicted following a two-month trial before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court.

The jury deliberated for four days before returning the verdicts.

Twenty-Four Alleged MS-13 Members Facing Federal Indictment for Violent Racketeering, Murder, and Money Laundering Conspiracies

Gang Members Allegedly Committed Five Murders, Conspired to Murder Eight Persons, Engaged in Kidnappings, Extortion, and Drug Trafficking

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned a third superseding indictment charging twenty-four alleged members and associates of the gang MS-13. The indictment was returned on June 27, 2018 and unsealed yesterday.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Baltimore Office; Chief Edward G. Hargis of the Frederick City Police Department; Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith, III; Chief Timothy J. Altomare of the Anne Arundel County Police Department; Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams; Chief Henry P. Stawinski, III of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur stated “MS-13 is one of the most violent and ruthless gangs on the streets today. Working with our state and local partners, and using the tools of our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, we are determined to dismantle this organization to make our communities in Maryland safer.”

“MS-13 is ravaging communities throughout the United States with brutal violence, recruiting children to their murderous ranks, destroying families, and leaving behind countless victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “This indictment — which charges two dozen alleged MS-13 members with senseless acts of violence — is the latest example of the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to combatting violent gangs that prey on communities, whether in Maryland or elsewhere in our country.”

TEEN SUSPECTS IN MARYLAND MS-13 MURDER ARE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS FROM EL SALVADOR

A pair of teenage brothers charged in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old in Maryland are nationals of El Salvador who arrived in the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas, both 16, were arrested and charged Wednesday with first degree murder in the killing of Herson Mejia-Alvarez, Prince George’s County Police said.

Both Mancias-Callejas brothers are illegal immigrants from El Salvador, a senior Department of Homeland Security official familiar with the matter told TheDCNF on Friday.

“DHS can confirm that Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas are natives of El Salvador who entered the United States as an Unaccompanied Alien Children [UAC] and are illegally present,” the official said on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Md. woman to be sentenced in gang robberies

WASHINGTON — A Maryland woman who confessed to taking part in two gang murders will soon learn her sentence in Montgomery County.

Josselin Ramirez, 20, will go before Judge John Maloney on Thursday. She was convicted on multiple counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and gang participation. A grand jury indicted Ramirez in January, and she entered a guilty plea for a no plea deal before closing arguments in her trial.

During the process, investigators said, Ramirez confessed to setting up two murders in El Salvador. In looking into her ties to the country, investigators found photos of her flashing gang signs and aiming guns. She is a member of the MS-13 gang, they said.

Baltimore gang member pleads guilty to drug charges

A member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang pleaded guilty Thursday to drug charges, federal prosecutors announced.

Garrion McCellan, 30, distributed heroin and fentanyl in and around Pedestal Gardens, an apartment complex in the 300 block of McMechen St. He also admitted to killing two people for supposedly interfering with his gang’s drug operations, at the direction of the alleged leader of the drug conspiracy.

Police say the Baltimore man worked with others — including Jamal Carter, 24, and Dymir Rhodes, 32 — to maintain a stash of drugs at a house in Catonsville. They distributed drugs from at least July 2016 through April 28, 2016, according to McCellan’s plea agreement.

McCellan admitted to working with others to distribute between 1 and 3 kilograms of heroin during his time in the conspiracy, prosecutors said.

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