A gang member who helped handle a coalition of three rival road gangs in Northeast Los Angeles introduced collectively by orders issued by a Mexican Mafia member pleaded responsible Monday to federal expenses and admitted being a main provider of narcotics to the felony enterprise.
Santos “Slim” Zepeda, 33, of Glendale, a senior member of the Frogtown gang, pleaded responsible to conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — RICO — and conspiring to visitors methamphetamine, in response to the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.
Zepeda was amongst 22 defendants named two years in the past in a federal racketeering indictment that outlined how Mexican Mafia member Arnold Gonzales ordered the unification of three road gangs that have been conventional rivals. The “peace treaty” imposed by Gonzales in 2010 introduced collectively the Frogtown, Toonerville and Rascals gangs, which labored collectively to regulate the narcotics commerce and different unlawful actions in an space that ran alongside the Los Angeles River from Elysian Park almost to Burbank.
As a result of he was incarcerated in Pelican Bay State Jail after being convicted of homicide, Gonzales appointed one other Frogtown gang member, Jorge Gray, to be his emissary on the streets, in accordance with the indictment filed in Los Angeles federal courtroom. Zepeda served as Gray’s prime lieutenant, offered narcotics to the racketeering enterprise, and coordinated the gathering of “taxes” imposed on road-degree drug sellers, in accordance with the doc.
U.S. District Decide Philip S. Gutierrez set sentencing for Jan. 22, at which era Zepeda faces between 10 years and life in federal jail.
The RICO indictment concentrating on the Arnold Gonzales Group is the results of Operation “Gig ’em,” an investigation carried out by a multi-company process drive together with U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Violent Crime Impression Group, and the Glendale and Los Angeles police departments.
After Gonzales took management of the three gangs, he exercised his authority by means of Gray and felony associates that included Zepeda, based on the indictment. The group generated income by means of extortion, particularly the imposition of taxes on the gangs and others who distributed narcotics within the territory managed by the legal enterprise.
Members of the racketeering conspiracy allegedly carried out Gonzales’ orders, imposed self-discipline on those that tried to violate the orders or contest the facility of the enterprise, and picked up firearms that have been used to implement their authority.
The indictment particulars quite a few transactions involving narcotics and firearms, and in addition accommodates expenses associated to 2 shootings allegedly dedicated towards people who defied the principles imposed by Gonzales and his associates.
Out of the 22 defendants named within the indictment, eleven have pleaded…