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Sunday, March 06, 2011

All Seven M13 Members Sentenced Are Illegal Aliens

S-13 has been a troublesome organization for many, many years. It has a long history of drug and weapons smuggling, not to mention racketeering and trafficking in numerous 'fields of operation'. One only has to read below what a dangerous organization this still is. While the list of those convicted is impressive, it should not be lost on any of us that all seven were illegal aliens. Now that they have been sentenced, the bad part is that the American taxpayer, you and I will be footing the bill to keep these extremely dangerous criminals incarcerated.

What is not lost is the absolute necessity of staunching the flow of all illegal aliens into our country. The current administration has failed as have our past administrations. One only has to look at Europe and the problems they are now having with unchecked muslim immigration. Are we here in the States next?

MS-13 members sentenced for murder, racketeering charges
By Jim Kouri: Leaders and members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, were sentenced to federal prison this week, after being convicted or pleading guilty to criminal charges that include racketeering, murder, attempted murder, assault, cocaine trafficking and numerous related federal firearms offenses perpetrated in North Carolina. The seven men are also illegal aliens.

To date, 25 of the 26 defendants originally charged in the June 2008 indictment have been sentenced for their roles in the racketeering activities of MS-13, a national and international criminal enterprise, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

“These sentences reflect the severity of the defendants’ crimes, which included murder, attempted murder and racketeering,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “As we have done in this case, we will continue to target the leaders and most violent members of street gangs like MS-13. We refuse to let these violent groups terrorize our communities and, as these defendants have learned, we will seek stiff prison sentences for their crimes.”

“We are steadily disrupting MS-13’s grip on communities in Charlotte, dismantling the leadership and significantly impacting its ability to operate. Not only are these gang leaders going to prison for extended periods of their lives, the ability to replace them will be made difficult by our persistent inter-agency investigative efforts,” said Joseph S. Campbell, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.

Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. sentenced the following defendants this week:
  • Elvin Pastor Fernandez Gradis, 34, aka “Tigre,” of Charlotte, was sentenced today to life in prison;
  • Julio Cesar Rosales Lopez, 24, aka “Stiler,” of Guilford County, N.C.; was sentenced today to 27 years in prison;
  • Juan Gilberto Villalobos, 44, aka “Smoke,” of Charlotte, N.C., was sentenced today to 17 years in prison;
  • Johnny Elias Gonzalez, 22, aka “Solo,” of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison;
  • Santos Anibal Caballero Fernandez, 26, aka “Garra,” of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison;
  • Carlos Roberto Figeroa-Pineda, 28, aka “Drogo,” of Charlotte, was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison;
  • Carlos Ferufino-Bonilla, 31, aka “Tigre,” of Charlotte, was sentenced yesterday to 7 years in prison.
All of these defendants, except Ferufino-Bonilla, were convicted at trial in January 2010 of conspiring to engage in a racketeering enterprise in the Western District of North Carolina, El Salvador and elsewhere, beginning at least in January 2003 and continuing through July 27, 2009

The evidence at trial showed that the MS-13 clique planned and committed various criminal acts, including robbery and extortion, obstruction of justice, tampering with witnesses, conspiring to distribute and possessing cocaine and marijuana, distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, illegally using communication facilities, murder and conspiring to commit murder.

Testimony and evidence introduced during the trial showed that the enterprise also communicated with its leadership in El Salvador, protected its territory, enforced discipline among members, and collected debts through a pattern of racketeering activities that included the murders of seven people in North Carolina and Los Angeles, attempted murder, assaults and threats of violence.

MS-13 member Alejandro Umana was previously convicted at trial and sentenced to receive the death penalty for five of the murders in North Carolina and Los Angeles.

Fernandez-Gradis was convicted of two charges involving the shooting and killing of 17-year-old Ulisses Mayo-De La Torre in South Charlotte, N.C., on April 12, 2008. Evidence at trial showed that Fernandez-Gradis killed Mayo-De La Torre because his cousin was wearing a red shirt, the color of a rival gang. Fernandez-Gradis fired multiple shots into the vehicle where the victim was merely a passenger, killing Mayo-De La Torre.

Caballero Fernandez, who the evidence at trial showed was present at the shooting, was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the murder. The evidence at trial showed that Caballero Fernandez helped Fernandez-Gradis escape and took the murder weapon the next day. Caballero Fernandez was found with the murder weapon approximately one month after the murder. Both Fernandez-Gradis and Caballero Fernandez were also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, as well as other charges.

Rosales Lopez, one of the gang’s leaders whom the evidence showed was sent by MS-13 leaders in El Salvador to run what members called “The Program” in the Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C.-areas, was convicted of robbing a victim whom he suspected of dealing drugs in a Charlotte nightclub controlled by MS-13.

Rosales Lopez was also convicted of being an accessory after the fact to a double homicide perpetrated by Umana in a restaurant in Greensboro in 2007. In addition, Rosales Lopez was convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion.

Villalobos, whom the evidence at trial showed was the one of the main drug suppliers for the gang and keeper of many of its guns, was convicted of a variety of drug and gun crimes in connection with his MS-13 members

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for and New Media Alliance. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters. He served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines. He appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows.

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Anonymous Bev Blue said...

They've been in San Antonio/Seguin area...:(

3/7/11, 2:05 AM  

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