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Date: Apr 2019

MS-13 gang member gets 32 years to life for Uniondale murders

UNIONDALE -An MS-13 gang member who admitted to murdering two rival gang members in Uniondale was sentenced to 32 years to life Tuesday.

Edar Ventura shot and killed 16-year-old Alexon Moya while targeting a rival gang member in December 2016.

Eight months later, he used a machete to kill another rival gang member, Carlos Rivas-Majano, in a wooded area near Kellenberg High School.

Gang Member Sentenced for RICO Conspiracy and Attempted Murders

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for RICO conspiracy and multiple attempted murders on behalf of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a violent Bloods street gang.

According to court documents, Malek Lassiter, aka Leeko, 23, joined other gang members on a mission, ordered by co-defendant Antonio Simmons, to kill high-ranking members of a rival “line” of the Nine Trey Gangsters. When Lassiter and the other men were unable to locate the first two individuals they intended to kill, they went to a house in Portsmouth looking for another gang member they planned to shoot. After being told the man they sought was not at home by the woman who opened the door, one of Lassiter’s co-conspirators shot her six times. The woman’s life was saved by the quick response of local EMTs and officers of the Portsmouth Police Department. Meanwhile, Lassiter and the other gang members who fled the shooting fired their guns again when they saw witnesses in the neighborhood looking out of their windows and doors to see what was happening.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Second phase of MSP Fugitive Warrant Effort results in over 100 arrests in Wicomico and Dorchester Counties

SALISBURY, Md. – Maryland State Police teamed up with law enforcement agencies in Wicomico and Dorchester Counties as part of a continued effort to reduce the number of active fugitive warrants on the lower Eastern Shore.

“Operation: On The Lam[b]” was organized in an attempt to apprehend suspects with open arrest warrants issued through Maryland State Police, Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Delmar Police Department, Fruitland Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

This initiative was a follow up to “Operation: Hide and Seek”, which was conducted back on February 20th and led to 41 arrests. “Operation: Hide and Seek” was focused on gather information and identifying criminal gang members and suspects involved in open criminal investigations in Wicomico County. 11 people with suspected ties to organized gangs were arrested during that initiative.

Long Island Bloods Gang Leader Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Distribution and Multiple Shootings

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Michael Smith, also known as “Bum Jew,” a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 20 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, his participation in two shootings and possessing a firearm. Smith had previously pleaded guilty on November 9, 2015.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.

“With today’s sentence, Smith has been held accountable for his ruthless conduct and for profiting from the human misery he perpetuated in Suffolk County by supplying crack to other Bloods gang members for re-sale as well as directly to addicts himself,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This Office, together with our law enforcement partners, will continue to work tirelessly to dismantle violent street gangs in our communities.” Mr. Donoghue expressed his gratitude to the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force for their outstanding work on the case.

MS-13 GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR MURDER ON LONG ISLAND

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, William Castellanos, also known as “Dizzy” and “Satanico,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a violent transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 27 years’ imprisonment. The sentencing followed Castellanos’s February 2018 guilty plea to firearms-related murder charges in connection with the June 30, 2015 murder of 16 year-old Jonathan Cardona-Hernandez in Central Islip, New York.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence.

“Castellanos brutally murdered Jonathan Cardona-Hernandez simply because he believed Cardona-Hernandez was a member of a rival gang,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “With today’s sentence, Castellanos will pay for this senseless crime. The defendant’s conviction and punishment reflects the commitment of this Office and our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate, prosecute and dismantle MS-13 and any other gang that terrorizes our communities.”

Former Anne Arundel County Sheriff's employee sentenced in federal court for leaking information to gang

A former Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office employee was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after leaking privileged information to a gang.

Chanel Holland, 36, of Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court to obstructing an official proceeding. She was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Police said she used her position at the sheriff’s office to provide information to a “violent drug trafficking organization” lead by Traymont Wiley, 28, of Annapolis. Wiley was sentenced in March to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to being a drug kingpin

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced To Federal Prison For Murder, Other Criminal Charges

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland MS-13 Gang member was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison for a violent racketeering conspiracy, including murder and extortion.

Noe Coreas-Mejia, 22, of Hyattsville, Md., was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to participate in MS-13.

According to his plea agreement, beginning in 2015, Coreas-Mejia was a member of the Parkview MS-13 clique.

Coreas-Mejia admitted that he conspired with other MS-13 members and associates to participate in numerous acts in furtherance of the racketeering conspiracy, including extortion and murder.

Two Murders Mean 23 Years For Baltimore Gang Member

BALTIMORE, MD — Two members of a violent Baltimore street gang pleaded guilty Friday, April 5, to racketeering charges involving the sale of cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, say federal authorities. One of the men also admitted to participating in a pair of murders.

The guilty pleas by Christopher Dukes, 27, and Marcus Johnson, 28, both of Baltimore, stem from their activities as members of the Hillside gang, which sold narcotics in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. As part of his plea deal with prosecutors, Dukes admitted to participating in two murders; two attempted murders, including of a law enforcement officer; and the distribution of narcotics.

Under the plea deal, Dukes would be sentenced to 23 years in federal prison, while Johnson would get between 12 and 17 years. U.S. District Judge George Russell III has scheduled sentencing for Dukes and Johnson on June 17.

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