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MS-13 gang member in Boston pleads guilty in racketeering conspiracy

October 6, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 gang member in Boston pleads guilty in racketeering conspiracy

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A “La Mara Salvatrucha,” or MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges in federal court on September 30th in Boston. The conviction was linked to the stabbing of a rival member in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 2015.

Breitbart Texas reported that 29-year-old Mauricio Sanchez, also known by the nickname “Tigre,” pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. Sanchez was charged earlier this year along with 60 other MS-13 members. Five co-conspirators have already pleaded guilty.

The conviction followed a three-year probe that led to the indictment for the criminal activities of alleged leaders and members of the MS-13 gang. Sanchez was named as a member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha (ESLS) clique. His task was to “jump in” new members of the gang and paid street dues to fund MS-13 enterprises both in El Salvador and Massachusetts.

In a plea deal, Sanchez confessed that he and other gang members stabbed someone from the rival 18th Street group.

In the initial indictment, Sanchez was also charged with immigration violations for false documents. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Saylor IV, who set up a sentencing hearing for December 22nd where the suspect faces up to 20 years behind bars, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.

The MS-13 gang was formed in El Salvador but has gained a significant criminal presence in the U.S. Last Month, another MS-13 gang member, 28-year-old Oscar Delgado-Perez was charged with the brutal stabbing of 18-year-old Christian Villagran-Morales.

Border Patrol agents recently apprehended three MS-13 members from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador as they re-entered Southern Texas from Mexico. A few days prior, another MS-13 gang member from Honduras was caught by Border Patrol agents in California.

Additionally, back in 2013, four MS-13 members were found guilty of murder, armed robberies, and firearms offenses. During that time, FBI officials revealed that the MS-13 gang was active in at least 42 states and had up to 10,000 members.

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