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. Read more.
One of the 17 people charged in connection with a crackdown on two Dorchester gangs was actually arrested last November, pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in February and was sentenced in May to 30 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, during which he agreed to stay out of Grove Hall and Uphams Corner. Read more.
Some 17 members of the Wendover Street and Cameron Street gangs were arrested yesterday and today - and 22 guns seized - following a yearlong investigation aimed to stamping out their violent feud, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
A federal judge this week sentenced Victor Florentino, 22, to two years in prison after he'd plead guilty to one count of engaging in the business of dealing with firearms without a license, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
A man whose actual identity remains in question faces federal racketeering and gun charges as part of an overall federal and local investigation that resulted in dozens of indictments last year.
A second man was also charged with new MS-13-related racketeering charges in an indictment released this week. Read more.
Elenilson Gustavo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, also known as Siniestro, was nabbed today on Paris Street in East Boston, the US Attorney's office reports.
A federal grand jury has indicted Adarbaad Karani, 37, of West Roxbury, on two counts of making false statement during the purchase of firearms and two counts of making a false statement in a record, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
NBC Boston reports the arrests of two men from Hyde Park and one from Dorchester. All are alleged H-Block gang members.
A federal judge this week ruled prosecutors can use a gun allegedly found on Wesner Theodore as evidence against him when he goes on trial on a charge of being a convicted criminal in illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Read more.
For the second time this week, law-enforcement officials say they've broken up a large heroin and fentanyl ring in the Boston area.
Two days after the feds announced some 20 arrests of what they say was a ring run out of Saugus and Roslindale, local law-enforcement officials announced their own heroin-ring bust, centered on Jamaica Plain's violent Mozart Street gang. Read more.
Around 3:40 a.m. on March 26, their windows closed on a chilly night, residents of Kittredge Street in Roslindale were jolted awake by the sound of gunfire. It was, a federal indictment charges today, an attempt by a member of a Jamaica Plain gang to murder an associate of a rival Jamaica Plain gang who was living near the intersection with Cliftondale. Read more.
Boston.com reports on a court transcript related to the death of Cristofer Perez de la Cruz, 16, whom local MS-13 members allegedly found in the central Mass. area where he'd been relocated by police after he agreed to testify against MS-13 members, then killed him and dumped his body on Falcon Street in East Boston.
The ACLU of Massachusetts this week asked a federal judge to order federal prosecutors and judges to stop sealing information about requests to unlock phone data - if they are, in fact, doing that. Read more.
Federal and local authorities hailed yesterday's arrests of alleged gang members at the Lenox Street development as a major blow against the crime and violence that has made residents virtual prisoners in their own homes, in a complex where gang members boldly took over entire hallways for joint-smoking parties and didn't think twice about getting into gun and knife fights.
But an affidavit by the lead ATF agent in the case paints a different picture: Read more.
Boston Police report the arrest of a man newly on probation for armed-robbery convictions who was wanted by federal officials for his alleged participation in the robbery of a man in Everett last month.
Dejahn Harrison, 27, who has "a lengthy, violent past" and was considered armed and dangerous, was arrested following a stakeout at 37 Pleasant Hill Ave. yesterday, police say. Read more.
When federal officials announced the indictments of 56 alleged MS-13 members on charges that included the murder of three teens in East Boston, city and school officials began working on programs to keep kids at East Boston High School out of gangs.
But after hearing parents and residents complain at a community meeting tonight that gangs were reaching kids even younger than that, Mayor Walsh said he's going to insist efforts begin in first grade. Read more.