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MS 13 gang indictment

MS 13 gang indictment

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THEGRANDJURYCHARGES:GENERALALLEGATIONSMS-13THEENTERPRISEAtvarioustimesandmaterialtothisindictment:1.DefendantsRodneyZaidMEJIA,akaSarco,HectorABARCA,PedroMELENDEZ,akaLooney,HectorVILLARREAL,akaGumby,JohnnieSANCHEZ,akaJ5,andothers,wereleaders,membersandassociatesofacriminalorganizationinHouston,TexasknownastheMaraSalvaTrucha,ortheMS-13gang,thecentralleadershipforwhichislocatedin
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2commitedthesecrimesandotherswithintheSouthernDistrictofTexasandelsewhere.2.TheMS-13gang,includingitsleadership,members,andassociates,constitutedan"enterprise"asdefinedbyTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1959(b)(2),thatis,agroupofindividualsassociated
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fact,thatwasengagedin,andtheactivitiesofwhichaffected,interstateandforeigncommerce.Amongotheracts,theenterpriseengagedindrugtraffickingwhichincludestraffickingincocaineforsaleintheUnitedStates,theproceedsfromwhichareinpartoftenreturnedtoElSalvador.Theenterpriseconstitutedanongoingorganizationwhosemembersfunctionedasacontinuingunitforacommonpurposeofachievingtheobjectivesoftheenterprise.3.TheMS-13enterprise,throughitsmembersandassociates,engagedinracketeeringactivityasdefinedinTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Sections1961(1)and1959(b)(2)consistingofmultipleactsinvolving:(a)Murder,AttemptedMurder,andConspiracytoCommitMurder,inviolationofTexasPenalCode,Sections19.02,15.01,15.02,and7.01;and(b)Narcoticsdistribution
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violationofTitle21,UnitedStatesCode,Section841(a)(I),846andTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section2.4.TheMS-13gangiscomprisedprimarilyofimmigrantsordescendantsofimmigrantsfromElSalvador,withmembersoperatingintheHouston,Texasarea,andinothercitiesthroughouttheUnitedStates.Thename"MaraSalvatrucha"isacombinationofseveralSpanishslangterms.Theword"Mara"isthetermusedin
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Salvadorfor"gang."Thephrase"Salvatrucha"isacombinationofthewords"Salva,"whichisanabbreviationfor"Salvadoran,"and"trucha,'whichisaslangtermforthewarning"fearus,""lookout,"or"headsup".5.
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ordertojoinMS-13,malemembersarerequiredtocompleteaninitiationprocess,
 
oftenreferredtoasbeing"jumpedin"or"beatin"tothegang.Duringthatinitiation,othermembersofMS-13beatthenewmember,usuallyuntilagangmemberfinishescountingaloudtothirteen.Femalememberscouldbe'jumpedin"orcouldsubmittosexualactivitywithgangmembers.6.MS-13membersoftensignifytheirmembershipbywearingtattoosreading"MARASALVATRUCHA,""MS,""MS-13,"orsimilarslogans,oftenwritteninGothiclettering.7.MS-13membersoftendisplaythegang'scolors,blueandwhite,andmembersoftenwearclothingbearingthenumber"13,"orwithnumbersthat,whenaddedtogether,totaled13.MS-13membershavemorediscreetlyandlesspubliclysignifiedtheirmembershipbyhidingandavoidingsuchclothingandtattoosinordertoavoiddetectionbylawenforcement.8.MS-13membersfromtimetotimemarktheirterritoryorsignifytheirpresencethroughtheuseofgraffitiwiththewords"MS"orotheridentifyingslogans.9.MS-13memberspayduesthatarecollectedatgangmeetings.MS-13memberscollectduesforthebenefitof,andtobeprovidedto,MS-13gangmemberswhoareimprisonedintheUnitedStates,inEISalvador,Panama,andelsewhere.10.MS-!3memberstransferfundstoMS-13membersincarceratedinprisonelsewhere.MS-13membersalsocollectduestobuyfirearmstobeusedintheconductofMS-13'sillegalactivities.
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PURPOSESOFTHEENTERPRISE
11.ThepurposesoftheEnterpriseincludedthefollowing:a.Preserveandprotectthepower,territory,reputation,andprofitsoftheenterprisethroughtheuseofintimidation,violence,threatsofviolence,assaults,andmurder;b.Promoteandenhancetheenterpriseandtheactivitiesofitsmembersand

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