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Ms 13 Indictment

Ms 13 Indictment

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFTEXAS
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HECTOROVIDIOMOLINAFUENTES,AKAHECTOROVIDIOMADRIDAKANEGRO2.JOSEGABRIELGARCIACALDERON,AKALUNATICO
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UNDERSEALTHEGRANDJURYCHARGES:COUNTONERACKETEERINFLUENCEDCORRUPTORGANIZATION(RICO)CONSPIRACYTITLE18U.S.C.
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HECTOROVIDIOMOLINAFUENTESAKAHECTOROVIDIOMADRIDAKANEGROJOSEGABRIELGARCIACALDERONAKALUNATICOERNESTOMANUELMEJIAAKASLEEPYSAMUELDeJESUSARGUETAAKACHUCKYRONALDALEXANDERGOMEZAKATOPOLLIYOAKAKEEPERJAIMEEDUARDOLOPEZTORRESAKAPINGUINOCARLOSCONTRERASAKAPUPUSA
andothers,weremembersandassociatesofacriminalorganizationinHouston,TexasknownastheMaraSalvaTrucha,ortheMS-]3gang,whosemembersandassociatesengagedinmurder,attemptedmurder,drugtrafficking,robbery,extortion,andconspiracytodothesamewithintheSouthernDistrictofTexasandelsewhere.2.TheMS-)3gang,includingitsleadership,members,andassociates,constitutedan"enterprise"asdefinedbyTitle]8,UnitedStatesCode,Section]961(4),thatis,agroupofindividualsassociatedinfact.Theenterprisewasengagedin,anditsactivitiesaffected,interstateandforeigncommerce.Theenterpriseconstitutedanongoingorganizationwhosemembersfunctionedasacontinuingunitforacommonpurposeofachievingtheobjectivesoftheenterprise.3.TheMS-13gangiscomprisedprimarilyofimmigrantsordescendantsofimmigrantsfromEISalvador,withmembersoperatingintheHouston,Texasarea,andinothercitiesthroughouttheUnitedStates.Thename"MaraSalvatrucha"isacombinationofseveralSpanishslangterms.Theword"Mara"isthetermusedinEISalvadorfor"gang."Thephrase"Salvatrucha"isa
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combinationofthewords"Salva,"whichisanabbreviationfor"Salvadoran,"and"trucha,"whichisaslangtermforthewarning"fearus,""lookout,"or"headsup".4.InordertojoinMS-J3,malemembersarerequiredtocompleteaninitiationprocess,oftenreferredtoasbeing"jumpedin"or"beatin"tothegang.Duringthatinitiation,othermembersofMS-13beatthenewmember,usuallyuntilagangmemberfinishescountingaloudtothirteen.Femalememberscouldbe"jumpedin"orcouldsubmittosexualactivitywithgangmembers.5.MS-J3membersoftensignifytheirmembershipbywearingtattoosreading"MARASALVATRUCHA,""MS,""MS-13,"orsimilarslogans,oftenwritteninGothiclettering.6.MS-13membersoftendisplaythegang'scolors,blueandwhite,andmembersoftenwearclothingbearingthenumber"13,"orwithnumbersthat,whenaddedtogether,totaled13.MS-]3membershavemorediscreetlyandlesspubliclysignifiedtheirmembershipbyhidingandavoidingsuchclothingandtattoosinordertoavoiddetectionbylawenforcement.7.MS-]3membersfromtimetotimemarktheirterritoryorsignifytheirpresencethroughtheuseofgraffitiwiththewords"MS"orotheridentifyingslogans.8.MS-)3memberspayduesthatarecollectedatgangmeetings.MS-)3memberscollectduesforthebenefitof,andtobeprovidedto,MS-13gangmemberswhoareimprisonedintheUnitedStates,inEISalvador,Panama,andelsewhere.9.MS-13memberstransferfundstoMS-13membersincarceratedinprisonelsewhere.MS-J3membersalsocollectduestobuyfirearmstobeusedintheconductofMS-J3'sillegalactivities.
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