President Trump’s DOJ Sweeps Up MS-13’s ‘Shot Callers’ in LA
US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have both talked about MS-13 in recent weeks about their gang activities.
USAG Sessions charges The Obama Admin’s immigration policies with the gang’s growth since many involved are undocumented. And have vowed to rid our nation of these criminals and make America Safe Again.
Suspected MS-13 gang members were swept up Wednesday in Los Angeles County during a pre-dawn raids by federal and local authorities as part of a 2-year racketeering investigation.
21 gang members were arrested in the sweep, which was done by the FBI, LAPD, and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
A statement from the US Attorney’s office for Central California said a racketeering indictment charged three MS-13 members for murders they committed in connection with the gang’s activities. These murders were solved as a result of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on Violent Gangs investigation and its partnership with the Los Angeles Police Olympic Division homicide detectives.
The statement said that Carlos Alfredo Cardoza Lopez, also known as “Little Boy,” 23 anni, faces a violent crime in aid of racketeering (VICAR) murder charge for allegedly fatally shooting a bystander who was confronted on 15 August 2015, inside the gang-controlled Little San Salvador Nightclub and Restaurant.
2 other alleged MS-13 members – Samuel Alexander Paredes Rivas, also known as “Blacky,” 39 anni, and Joffri Molina, also known as “Espia,” 24 anni– were also charged with VICAR murder. Mr. Rivas was accused of murdering a man on 30 August 2015, at a strip mall in Pacoima while Mr. Molina was accused of murdering a man on 27 September 2015 on a street in North Hollywood.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said in an interview that Mara Salvatrucha, aka MS-13, targets immigrants without legal status.
“They extort them. They rob them. They rape them,” Chief Beck said. “They murder them. Without their cooperation as witnesses, none of this would be possible.”
The lead defendant in the indictment, Jose Balmore Romero, known as “Porky,” 43 anni, has been in custody since Y 2015, charged with ordering a gang-related murder. Mr. Romero called the shots for the gang in Los Angeles in Y’s 2013 and 2014 and oversaw its drug-trafficking act and money extortion activities, according to the statement.
“This gang uses coercion and intimidation while inflicting horrific violence in the neighborhoods where they operate,” ATF Los Angeles field division special agent in charge Eric Harden said in the US Attorney’s office statement. “Today is a great win for justice and a heavy message to the community. Law enforcement will combine their resources and all our areas of expertise to cripple these organizations. We will win, they will lose.”