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Mexican Mafia sought after by Texas authorities arrested in San Antonio

August 25, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Mafia sought after by Texas authorities arrested in San Antonio

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A member of the infamous Texas Mexican Mafia on the 10 list for most wanted criminals in Texas, was apprehended last week at a San Antonio residence.

Federal U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the San Antonio Police Department, detained Johnny Garcia, 35, who is facing charges of kidnapping and violating the conditions of his parole.

Garcia, who is also referred to as “Johnny Loco” or “Red Dog,” has links with the Dallas area, San Antonio, and Bexar County, where an arrest warrant was issued back in May stemming from the kidnapping of a female companion, according to the San Antonio Express.

The member of the Texas Mexican Mafia has prior convictions for multiple assaults, weapons, and drugs charges. He was sentenced to eight years behind bars in 2006 for assaulting a correctional officer after he reportedly punched, kicked and struck him in the face with a radio.

The man was released on parole in 2014. Officials said during the announcement that Garcia’s arrest was the result of a multi-departmental effort.

Despite having the name Mexican Mafia, which is also known as “La Eme,” the gang is a US-based criminal organization founded in the late 1950s in the California prison system.

The group has since expanded to other state penitentiaries around the country, particularly in border states such as Arizona and Texas, as well as having many top figures serving lengthy sentences inside the federal prison system.

So far this year the Texas Department of Public Safety with the help of other law enforcement agencies have managed to capture 12 suspects on the Texas list of top 10 Most Wanted fugitives, including seven sex offenders and five gang members.

As a result of the arrests, authorities have paid out a total of $18,500 in reward money to those who have provided tips or information that resulted in the arrests of the most sought after fugitives.

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