The US Supreme Court this week rejected David "Cilindro" Lopez's appeal of his sentence for being a leader of a Chelsea MS-13 gang - and for trying really hard to kill a rival - which means he gets to stay behind bars until 2033. Read more.
A federal judge today denied compassionate early release for Joe "Profit" Simmons, sentenced to 7 years in prison in 2018 for selling crack at the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain. Read more.
The US Attorney's office reports that Alexis "King Looney" Peguero, 29, pleaded guilty to a RICO charge for his role as second in command of the Devon Street Kings, a Latin Kings chapter whose alleged members included Shaun Harrison, the English High School dean convicted in 2018 of shooting one of his students in the back of the head. Read more.
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports that Wilson "King Dubb" Peguero, 29, pleaded guilty today to RICO charges related to his role as "Inca" or leader of the Devon Street Kings, a chapter of the national Latin Kings gang. Read more.
A federal judge ruled today that Alvin "King Humble" Mojica of Worcester is too much of a flight risk to release on cocaine-distribution charges that could net him more than 10 years in prison and ordered him kept locked up pending his trial. Read more.
G Fredo may be charged as part of a vicious gang, but he wore a face mask in recent videos.
Federal agents and Boston and State Police yesterday started rounding up alleged members of the Norton/Olney/Barry Gang, whom they accuse of being a full-service gang that, when not busy shooting rivals, dealing drugs, pimping women and robbing people at gunpoint, made lots of rap videos, often featuring scenes from the neighborhood, sometimes on rival turf as a way to taunt other gangs. Read more.
A federal judge today denied a request from David Wood of Dorchester that he be allowed to await trial on fentanyl and crack distribution charges because the existing conditions he says he has would put him at high risk for complications should he contract Covid-19. Read more.
A federal judge today rejected a request from an alleged leader of the Mattapan branch of the Latin Kings gang for pre-trial release because of Covid-19 concerns, saying there is no way she could release him without creating a potential danger to society. Read more.
A federal judge yesterday ordered the release of a Dorchester drug dealer with two years left on his sentence, because of the potential risks he faces as an older man with both high blood pressure and diabetes in a crammed Brooklyn prison. Read more.
The US Attorney's office in Boston today charged David Wood, 30, with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, after he allegedly sold fentanyl and crack to a "cooperating witness" three times over the past month. Read more.
Harrison's tattoos - 100 is a gang symbol, feds say.
The US Attorney's office in Boston today announced the indictments of 62 alleged members of Massachusetts chapters of the national Latin Kings gang on racketeering charges. Among them: Shaun "Rev" Harrison, sentenced to 23 to 26 years in prison last year for shooting an English High School student in the head because the kid owed him money for the marijuana Harrison was having him sell. Read more.
A federal appeals court yesterday rejected a local MS-13 leader's argument that he "withdrew" from the gang once he was tossed in prison, saying that he continued to direct gang activities from behind prison walls - including ordering the murder of a member he thought had snitched. Read more.
An alleged member of the Heath Street gang, whom the feds say ran a "successful" coke and heroin ring in and around the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain, was arrested yesterday on federal charges he sold drugs in stairwells in the development. Read more.
Nelson "Inquieto" Cruz Rodriguez Cartagena, 25, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison yesterday for his role in running an MS-13 "clique" in Everett, after which he will be subject to deportation to his native El Salvador, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.
A federal judge this week sentenced Nery Rodriguez Diaz, 19, a Salvadoran national living in Chelsea, to 14 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Read more.
WFXT reports ICE agents went into the Chelsea and East Boston courts this week to arrest two men they say are here illegally and who were facing local charges - one an alleged MS-13 member, one an alleged member of the rival 18th Street Gang.
The US Attorney's office this week announced the arrests of 14 people it said were some of the founders of a new Brazilian gang in the Boston area that was beginning to make a name for itself through gun and drug sales - and armed robberies, home invasions and kidnappings. Read more.