Santos "Flaco" Portillo Andrade, the leader of the MS-13 East Boston Loco Salvatrucha "clique," agreed to plead guilty today to RICO charges related to his involvement in "an aggravated assault, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking," the US Attorney's office reports.
Portillo, 33, of Revere, was one of several dozen alleged MS-13 members rounded up in a sweep by federal and local authorities last year. He's the latest in a series of members who have agreed to plead guilty rather than face trial.
According to the US Attorney's office, District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor deferred accepting the defendant’s plea agreement until sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2017. If the court accepts the plea agreement, Portillo will be sentenced to 10 years in prison and four years of supervised release.
In May, another alleged MS-13 leader, Oscar "Demente" Moran, was charged with ordering the murders of two teenagers in East Boston. Authorities have charged MS-13 with killing six people locally, three of them teens, either as initiation rites or as part of a feud with a competing gang. Gang members allegedly tried to kill even more people, but failed.