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Leader of Gulf Cartel Rip Crew linked home invasions in South Texas arrested

October 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leader of Gulf Cartel Rip Crew linked home invasions in South Texas arrested

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Leader of Gulf Cartel rip crew arrested

A member of a Gulf Cartel Rip Crew is in custody after he was accused of being the mastermind behind numerous home robberies all over the Rio Grande Valley.

Detectives indicated more charges are likely to be filed against Macrin Marin Rios-Cerda, who is the last of suspects men to be arrested by San Juan police and the U.S. Marshals for a home invasion that occurred in April, KGRV reported.

Rios-Cerda was taken into custody after he and members of his Gulf Cartel Rip Crew were accused of stealing money, narcotics, and valuables, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said.

“This is a home invasion crew that knew what they were doing. They’ve been doing it for years,” he added.

Macrin Marin Rios-Cerda is accused of leading a rip-off crew accused of committing home invasions in south Texas.

Authorities identified the men as suspects in April. They reportedly broke down the door of a home with masks on their faces and firearms in their hands.

“They are affiliated with the Gulf Cartel and that was a concern for us and they are individuals that probably committed other violent crimes,” Gonzalez said.

Although the crew targeted drug dealers, Gonzalez said innocent victims would sometimes get involved in the crossfire.

“Innocent bystanders could be caught in the crossfire of a home invasion,” he added. “It’s important for residents to call when they suspect neighbors are involved in drug activity because sooner or later there will be an invasion near that residence.”

Rios-Cerda is in jail on a $2 million bond.

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