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Former Mexican cartel member testified against Irish Mafia founder

October 14, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Mexican cartel member testified against Irish Mafia founder

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A former Mexican drug cartel associate testified in a homicide case in California against the founder of the Irish Mafia on Thursday and revealed his relationship with a corrupt officer from Richmond.

Sergio Vega-Robles, a former member of the infamous Sinaloa Drug Cartel, is now considered a critical witness in the trial of 42-year-old Coby Phillips. Phillips, who is one of the founders of an Irish-American gang, who has been charged with the slaying an Aryan Brotherhood drug dealer.

The man allegedly also placed a hit out on Vega-Robles’ lawyer, who negotiated the plea deal that appointed Vega-Robles as a key witness.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Sergio Vega-Robles, and his brother Jose Vega-Robles, sold drugs in Solano Counties and Contra Costa counties in the early 2000s. Sergio Vega-Robles revealed on Thursday that he sold cocaine and that his brother dealt meth and cocaine.

The man testified under oath that his brother established drugs deals with Phillips, one of the originators of the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia, also known as FAIM. Occasionally, Sergio Vega-Robles said his brother would trade guns for drugs given to Phillips, and that the firearms would then be shipped to Mexico.

The Irish Mafia or FAIM developed as a gang out of the Crockett/Rodeo area during the mid-90s and is mainly comprised of Irish-Americans. Phillips, who is one of four founders, earned a reputation as brutal, but brilliant. Prosecutors also allege that Phillips and other members of the FAIM made hundreds of thousands in profits during the 1990s, selling methamphetamine and purchasing expensive cars, houses, and investing in local companies.

Prosecutors also allege that Phillips and other members of the Irish Mafia made hundreds of thousands in profits during the 1990s, selling methamphetamine and purchasing expensive cars, houses, and investing in local companies.

Sergio Vega-Robles testified that, unbeknownst to other members of the drug ring, he started providing information to law enforcement about neighborhood drug dealers. In exchange, he indicated that Richmond police Sergeant Michael Wang provided him cash that was seized from arrested drug traffickers.

Furthermore, the ex-Sinaloa operative testified that he gave Wang money, approximately more than $100,000. He cited Wang’s role in other offenses as well, such as withholding money seized in drug operations, which was required to submitted as evidence.

Sergio Vega-Robles, his brother, Phillips, and others were charged as co-defendants in a federal drug trafficking claim. During that time, Vega-Robles indicated that Phillips discovered that he had been talking to cops. He claims he was assaulted in jail soon afterward.

Wang has yet to be charged with his role in any of the crimes, according to Barry Grove, the Contra Costa Senior Deputy District Attorney. Grove stated there was a “long story” regarding why Wang was never implicated in the case, but instead deferred all inquiries to Tom Kensok, the prosecutor spearheading Phillips’ murder trial.

Kensok just indicated that no charges have “yet” been filed against Wang for inappropriate conduct, but refused to reveal any additional details.

Sergio-Vega Robles also noted that after he had gotten back from a trip to Mexico, his car was gone. He stated his brother later informed him that he, Phillips, and a third suspect — Josue “Primo” Lomelli, used the vehicle to meet with an Aryan Brotherhood-linked drug dealer named Darryl Grockett, who had been fatally shot.

Lomelli is still on the lam and is believed to be hiding in Mexico. Jose Vega-Robles was found guilty in Grockett’s murder. In 2013, a jury deadlocked on Phillips murder conviction, which led to the declaration of a mistrial.

Phillips has since been accused of recruiting Jason Soletti, a fellow prisoner at the Martinez jail, to murder the attorney of Vega-Robles.

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