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Two members of Puerto Rican gang arrested on the Texas border

May 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two members of Puerto Rican gang arrested on the Texas border

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Federal agents have arrested two members of a violent Puerto Rican gang, who law enforcement officials say operate similarly to a Mexican drug cartel on the Texas border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents arrested Carlos E. “El Negro” Carrion Nieves and Orlando “Elvin” Martinez Nunez near the border city of McAllen, Texas, both members of the Los Lobos, a narcotics trafficking criminal organization who for decades have maintained control of drug distribution in Puerto Rico.

According to Breitbart News, federal prosecutors for the District Court of Puerto Rico unsealed a six-count federal racketeering indictment charging Nieves, Nunez, along with over a dozen other members of the Los Lobos criminal organization on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, distribution of controlled substances and weapons violations.

Last week FBI agents executed warrants in San Juan, Los Bultrones de Cataño, and Las Monjas districts, arresting 16 alleged members of the organization on drug and weapons trafficking charges, Primera Hora News reported.

Another member of the Los Lobos Gang identified as Emmanuel “Mono” Mercedes-Moran was arrested in Monticello, Florida by FBI agents and Jefferson County deputies last week, according to The Tallahassee Democrat.
Officials haven’t revealed details of the arrests of the two gang members or the reason they were in South Texas.

Although federal authorities do not refer to the Puerto Rican criminal organization as a drug cartel, the indictment details how the group employs tactics that are similar those used by drug cartels in Mexico.

Nieves and Nunes appeared before the U.S. Magistrate Judge, Dorina Ramos, who formally notified the men of the charges listed in the indictment filed against them in Puerto Rico and ordered both men held without bond pending a court hearing later this week.

The indictment accuses the criminal organization of operating a drug network that controlled the distribution of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.

Furthermore, U.S. prosecutors allege that Los Lobos used armed enforcers to protect drug distribution centers.

“Co-conspirators would use force, violence, and intimidation to gain and maintain control of their drug points and to intimidate rival drug trafficking organizations,” the indictment revealed.

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