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Mexican Mafia leader admits to role in slaying of Texas cop

July 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Mafia leader admits to role in slaying of Texas cop

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A top leader of the Texas Mexican Mafia has pleaded guilty charges listed in a federal murder racketeering conspiracy that included the 2013 slaying of a drug-dealing Police officer on Thursday.

Prosecutors said in his guilty plea,  38-year-old Ruben “Menace” Reyes admitted to his role in several murders including the killings of Balcones Heights Police Officer Julian Pesina and four Texas Mexican Mafia members, News4 San Antonio reported.

Reyes admitted to ordering the May 4th execution of Pesina outside his “Notorious Ink Tattoo and Piercing Studio.”  

Although he was a police officer,  Reyes said Pesina simultaneously sold narcotics to Mexican Mafia members, while claiming membership in the Texas Mexican Mafia and had tattoos consistent with such membership.

On the direct orders from the gang’s leadership, Reyes admitted to ordering the killing and providing the firearms to three-foot soldiers, used to carry out Pesina’s execution after discovering he was a police officer

Pesina allegedly posted about his career in law enforcement on Facebook, which is when leadership ordered the hit.

“Maybe they thought he was undercover, the loyalty factor in the gang is very high in the organization,” explained Gilbert De La Portilla says, an SAPD cop for 32 years, and crime tracker specialist.

 De La Portilla said what happened next is typical for the gang’s justice system since it has gotten younger over the years.

“They tend to be more violent than the original ones because there was more structure to the gang itself.”

On May 4th last year, Pesina was called outside his tattoo shop, to meet gang members who arrived to collect the ‘dime tax.’ As soon as Pesina paid, TMM members allegedly opened fire, killing him.

DPS and FBI agents, who were conducting surveillance operations on Officer Pesina because they suspected he was dealing drugs watched the entire event unfold.

Cameras positioned on a nearby pole, and inside the tattoo shop picked up the murder as it progressed.

Reyes plead guilty in San Antonio Federal Court to five counts of violent crime (murder) in aid of racketeering (VICAR), five counts of aiding and abetting the using and discharging a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He also admitted to the October 12, 2013, killing of fellow gang member Ulysses Farias in front of his family in San Antonio to improve his standing in the Texas Mexican Mafia.

Reyes and fellow gang member Jerry Moreno carried out the execution ordered by the criminal organization’s leadership out of concerns Farias had been cooperating with federal authorities.  

According to the Dallas Moring News, Farias was warned he violated TMM rules by taking his wife along on ”dime” collection runs.

A ‘dime’ is a 10 percent tax the gang imposes on drug dealers selling narcotics in their territory for protection from robbery, competing drug dealers, and for assistance in collecting drug debts. 

Furthermore, Reyes pleaded guilty to murdering Mark Anthony Bernal (aka “Lefty”) a TMM “Captain,” along with TMM ‘General Carlos Chapa (aka “Worm”), and Johnny Solis (aka “Smiley,”)  a“Lieutenant of Lieutenants.”  

The executions of the three gang leaders were ordered for making poor decisions, compromising TMM daily operations, which includes the alleged mishandling of approximately $60,000 in drug proceeds.

Reyes admitted to burying the bodies of Solis, Bernal, and Chapa in Pearsall.

According to court documents, Reyes led authorities to the burial site in Pearsall after TMM members made an attempt on his life. 

Reyes, who has remained in federal custody, no faces life in federal prison when he is sentenced on September 2, 2016.

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