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Mexican Mafia associate pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy in L.A. Federal Court

June 30, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Mafia associate pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy in L.A. Federal Court

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A member of a criminal enterprise linked to the California Mexican Mafia pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and illegal weapons offenses listed in a RICO indictment (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) in Los Angeles Federal Court on Thursday.

Officials said the charges stem from a June 2015 racketeering indictment accusing a top Mexican Mafia leader of uniting a trio of street gangs to take control of criminal activity in Los Angeles.

Feds charged 22 members and associates of the criminal enterprise with conspiracy to commit racketeering, narcotics conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, extortion, conspiracy to commit murder, murder, attempted murder, and robbery.

RICO indictment accuses Mexican Mafia leader Arnold Gonzales of imposing gang treat to assume control of criminal activities in Los Angeles (Photo: California Bureau of Prisons)

According to MyNewsLA, 26-year-old Giovanni “Suspect” Olvera pleaded guilty on Thursday one count of racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, weapons possession.

As part of his guilty plea, Olvera described how Arnold “Arnie” Gonzales, a leader of the Mexican Mafia brokered a treaty, uniting the Frogtown, Rascals, and Toonerville gangs to gain control of criminal operations over large sections of the city, from the Los Angeles River, Burbank and Elysian Park areas.

Court records indicate how the Mexican Mafia shot-caller, who is serving a life term in Pelican Bay Maximum Security Prison for a murder conviction, imposed the “peace treaty” in 2010, which subsequently created a criminal enterprise to assume control over narcotics trafficking and other illicit activities in northeast Los Angeles, Glendale, and Atwater Village.

Olvera faces over fifteen years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 25th.

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