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Three MS-13 gang members convicted of murder-racketeering in Maryland Federal Court

May 24, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three MS-13 gang members convicted of murder-racketeering in Maryland Federal Court

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Three reputed members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, from Prince George County, Maryland, have been found guilty of racketeering in federal court, Justice Department prosecutors announced last Friday.

A jury convicted Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana, aka Chele and Furia, 27, Jorge Enrique Moreno-Aguilar, aka Flaco, 22, both members of the MS-13 Sailors Locotes Salvatrucha Westside Clique from District Heights, Maryland. Along with Minor Chach-Perez, aka Little Bad, a member of MS-13 Langley Park Salvatrucha Clique, from Hyattsville, Maryland, on multiple counts of RICO in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland made the announcement.

All three reputed gang members were found guilty of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and murder in aid of racketeering.

Ortiz-Orellana and Moreno-Aguilar were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering. Ortiz-Orellana and Chach-Perez were found guilty on multiple weapons violations.

Prosecutors accused the three defendants of planning and committing murders, attempted murders, assaults, and robberies in Maryland’s Montgomery and Frederick Counties from 2009 through 2014.

The Gang members are also alleged to have extorted operators of illicit businesses including brothel houses, tampered with evidence, and retaliated against witnesses.

Moreno-Aguilar and Ortiz-Orellana were convicted of plotting and murdering a rival gang member with the rival 18th Street gang on March 12, 2013,

Furthermore, a jury found Perez-Chach guilty for the Feb. 2013 murder of an MS-13 member who he believed had testified against gang members in federal trials. In fact, however, the victim was not the cooperating witness from the previous MS-13 trials, according to evidence presented at trial.

Prosecutors said Perez-Chach fatally stabbed the victim at his home in Hyattsville while another MS-13 member attacked the victim with a machete. Federal agents found Perez-Chach to be in illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition during his May 2013 arrest.

So far 8 of the other 13 defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty to their roles in the racketeering conspiracy, according to prosecutors.

Each of the three defendants face life-in-prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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