MS-13 member gets 21 months on RICO charge and for selling a gun to an informant

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Manuel "Scooby" Landaverde to 21 months in federal prison for being an MS-13 member and selling a gun to an informant in Everett in 2015.

With credit for the 15 months he has already spent in federal custody, that means Landaverde, 26, will be released in six months - after which, the US Attorney's office in Boston says, he faces deportation to his native El Salvador.

Landaverde, who pleaded guilty in July, was captured via a wire selling the gun to the informant - who had legal issues of his own - in a car parked on Chestnut Street in Everett on April 29, 2015.

The informant was working with federal and state investigators on what turned into a 61-person indictment in 2016. Landaverde, though, escaped arrest until last year, when a state trooper who had been involved in the larger investigation spotted him walking down Everett Avenue in Chelsea.

Landaverde, a member of MS-13's Trece Locos Salvatrucha "clique" in Somerville, was charged with a RICO violation and being an alien in possession of a firearm, but in documents filed in US District Court in Boston, officials said he had links to other crimes:

The hand-to-hand gun sale took up only a small portion of the meeting between Scooby and [the informant]. During the rest of the meeting, Scooby discussed his membership in MS-13 and his participation in the MS-13 RICO conspiracy. He discussed using the firearm he sold, he discussed attacking gang rivals with a machete, and he discussed being attacked himself by rival gang members.

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