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Several Texas Mexikan Mafia members sentenced to lengthy prison terms in RICO case

July 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Several Texas Mexikan Mafia members sentenced to lengthy prison terms in RICO case

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Several members and associates of the Texas Mexikan Mafia (TMM) were handed significant prison sentences last week for their participation in a Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy, Justice Department prosecutors said in a press release.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez for the Texas Southern District, Gilberto Garcia, 37, received a sentence of 222 months behind bars for charges including the December 2014 shooting of three men in San Antonio.

Juan Felipe Bazan, 45, Rogelio Ramirez, 33, Eusebio Castillo, 37, and Roman Jose Zapata II, 33, were hit with sentences of 216, 110, 70, and 70 months, respectively. Judge Rainey required Pedro Gonzales, 42, to serve a 105-months, while David Gonzales, 36, will complete 84 months in federal prison.

All of the defendants will also be required to serve three years of supervised release after completing their sentences.

Gilberto Garia was sentenced to 19-years in prison

“The FBI and law enforcement partners will not allow organized criminal activities to wreak havoc our communities,” Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Field Office in Houston stated. “We will fight crime wherever it may surface and continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit through illegal means.”

All of the defendants have been charged in a conspiracy including criminal activities such as narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering from 2013-2014.

Bazan was a captain of the TMM, while Ramirez and Garcia worked as lieutenants. Pedro Gonzales was a sergeant. The remaining suspects were “soldiers.”

Judge John D. Rainey heard testimony concerning the TMM, including its rules, which are incorporated in TMM’s “constitution.”

The document declares that the Texas Mexikan Mafia Members is a criminal organization that works in drugs, contract killings, prostitution, theft, and firearms. It also adds that 10% of the proceeds from any business or interest shall be given to the group, which is known as “the dime” and is the primary source of income for TMM.

Robert Trevino was among several gang members who pleaded guilty and are still awaiting sentencing

TMM members and prospective members often earn money by threatening people with harm if they do not pay the associate for protection from other threats or by extorting others who engage in illegal drug trafficking.

Several others were sentenced to multiple offenses relating to the case. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 80 months behind bars.

Other Texas Mexikan Mafia Members indicated on the case who has pleaded guilty to the conspiracy include David Joe Maseda Jr., 38, Jose Mireles, 34, Robert Anthony Trevino, 52, Jose Jesus Toledo, 41, Abelardo Pena, 49, and Bruce Lee Cisneros, 41. They, along with Daisy Cruz Ortiz, 28, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base with Maseda, are still awaiting sentencing.

Aside from Ortiz, who had been released on bond, all remain in custody pending transfer to U.S. Bureau of Prisons facilities.

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