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.