Photograph: Mexican Mafia, Cartel, and Florencia 13 Federal Indictment

The following is a Perplex News Exclusive NEWS BREAK (April 17, 2019) 

The Mexican Mafia federal racketeering RICO trial stemming from a 2013 indictment continues today at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.  The original charges linked members of the Mexican Mafia and La Familia Michoacàna Mexican drug cartel.   A second indictment included Florenica 13, a South L.A. street gang controlled by the Mexican Mafia. 

The indictments revealed the alliance, also known as El Proyecto (The Project), between these groups and named six members of the Mexican Mafia, three EME associates and four individuals linked to La Familia.

The indictment alleges that Mexican Mafia participants in the Project sought to give La Familia members “free rein” to sell methamphetamine in Southern California and to provide protection for incarcerated cartel members in exchange for money and methamphetamine going to Mexican Mafia members.  During the course of the investigation, which began in 2010, more than 600 pounds of methamphetamine was seized.   

A second indictment also unsealed in 2013 concerned the Mexican Mafia and its control over the Florencia 13 criminal street gang in south Los Angeles County.

 The indictment charged 31 defendants with violations of the federal racketeering (RICO) statute, as well as a host of narcotics, firearms, and fraud offenses. Florencia 13 is one of the largest, most powerful and oldest street gangs in Southern California. Several members of the gang have risen through its ranks to become leaders of the Mexican Mafia.  In 2007, over 100 members and associates were charged in a crackdown resulting in five of them receiving sentences of life without parole in federal prison.   

Under tight courtroom security, the Government continued to present its case against the remaining Mexican Mafia co-defendants and one associate. 

The three Mexican Mafia members are:

Jose Rodriguez-Landa, known as “Fox”;

Fred Montoya, aka “Fast Freddy”

Manuel Larry Jackson, aka “Cricket;”

The Mexican Mafia Sureño associate is:

Luis Gerardo Vega, known as “Little One;”

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