Dozen Indicted in Massive Gang Conspiracy
November 29, 2012
The Ventura County Grand Jury has handed down indictments on 27 people accused of conspiring to commit assault likely to cause serious bodily injury, extortion, home invasion robberies, commercial pharmaceutical robberies, narcotics trafficking, and other organized criminal activity.
All of the suspects are documented members of several local gangs in Ventura County. The unusual aspect of this case was that they allegedly were working in conjunction with and for the benefit of a highly organized prison gang hierarchy controlled by the Mexican Mafia or ‘La Eme.’
All of the criminal activity was organized and coordinated by one high ranking member of the Mexican Mafia from a prison outside California, according to authorities.
The investigation revealed the Mexican Mafia has used its intimidation and narco-trafficking powers to direct extortion and fear to control the criminal activities of Ventura County gangs
‘This case has dealt a crushing blow to organized crime in Ventura County,’ said Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis. ‘We have incapacitated the organization from the top through its geographic managers.’
While gang activity in Ventura County is not unusual, the cooperation among various rival gangs was unprecedented in this case, according to the grand jury.
During the past seven months, investigators utilized a variety of resources to uncover the activities of the group and actually interrupted several violent crimes before they were carried out. Detectives seized dozens of firearms and a variety of narcotics.
The complexity of the investigation required tremendous cooperation between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County Probation Agency, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.
The defendants indicted in this case are:
|Martin Madrigal||Mar. 11, 1973|
|David Acosta||Apr. 28, 1975|
|Ismael Arreola||July 7, 1980|
|Jose Arreola||June 11, 1977|
|Guadalupe Barrales||Dec. 12, 1972|
|Jose Barrales||Sept. 18, 1993|
|Brian Beppu||June 20, 1977|
|Lina Fuentes||June 3, 1978|
|Michael Lopez||July 18, 1976|
|Angel Mata||Aug. 1, 1978|
|Alana Mora||Aug. 28, 1981|
|Edwin Mora||Apr. 2, 1984|
|Jose Mendoza||Mar. 10, 1989|
|Ruben Mora||Aug. 9, 1983|
|Librado Navarette||Nov. 15, 1986|
|Cesar Navarette||Feb. 13, 1988|
|Javier Tamayo||May 1, 1978|
|Ollivia Tamayo||Aug. 24, 1975|
|Juan Rosas||Mar. 17, 1986|
|Alfred Perez||Sept. 8, 1984|
|Sabrina Zuniga||Oct. 29, 1981|
|Robert De La Cerda||Aug. 6, 1978|
|Miguel Gallardo||May 28, 1976|
|Rodolfo Magdaleno||July 7, 1978|
|Rafael Palazuelos||Aug. 26, 1981|