Murder USA ILLEGAL GANGSTERS Eight Alleged MS 13 Members Thrive in Sanctuary in Maryland Now Charged in Violent Racketeering Conspiracy
Gang Members Allegedly Committed Four Murders, Extortions, and Engaged in Drug Trafficking
GREENBELT, MD. – A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment on September 27, 2017, and it was unsealed today. The second superseding indictment charges the following defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13:
- Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of 11324 Evans Trail, Beltsville, Maryland;
- Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara, a/k/a “Stop,” age 20, of Landover Hills, Maryland; also of Jersey Street, Elizabethtown, NJ. Charged on Aug. 27, 2017, in District Court for Prince Georges County, Md., with attempted first-degree murder and several counts of conspiracy to first-degree murder; armed robbery, and was jailed on March 31, 2017, in Prince Georges County jail. On May 23, 2017, Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks dropped the charges and Hernandez-Guevara was released from jail.
- Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, a/k/a “Virus,” a/k/a “Daffy,” 22, of 1317 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, Maryland; he was charged with second-degree murder in District Court of Prince George’s County, Md., on June 5, 2017, by the Prince Georges County Police. A taxpayer-provided free public defender, Kalev Kaseoru, has been assigned to represent him.
- Jeffry Rodriguez, a/k/a “Hyper,” (DOB 02/21/1996), 21, of an unknown address in Beltsville, Maryland; was charged with eight counts of murder, assault, armed robbery and robbery by way of a warrant issued on Aug. 27, 2016 for events that allegedly took place on Aug. 9, 2016. Rodriguez was committed to the PG County Jail on July 10, 2017. Andrew Jezic is listed in court records as his defense attorney.
- Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, a/k/a “Insolente,” a/k/a “Trankilo,” age 20, of Landover, Maryland;
- Michael Eduardo Contreras, a/k/a “Katra,” a/k/a “Insoportable,” age 22, of Silver Spring, Maryland;
- Luis Fernando Orellana-Estrada, a/k/a “Pinguino,” age 18, of 8118 15th, Hyattsville, Maryland; and was charged with burglary in District Court for Prince Georges County, Md., on July 7, 2017. The case has been sent to Circuit Court for jury trial. Three charges of assault and reckless endangerment were filed on July 6, 2017.
- Donald Roberto Mendez-Lopez, a/k/a “Chuckie,” age 18, of Hyattsville, Maryland.
The second superseding indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning.
According to the indictment, MS-13 is a national and international gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador. Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operating throughout Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, Maryland. The defendants were allegedly members of the Sailors Clique of MS-13. The four-count superseding indictment alleges that from at least 2015 through September 2017, the defendants were members and associates of MS-13 who planned and committed murders, drug and gun trafficking, and extortions.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICIALS GIVE SANCTUARY TO ILLEGAL ALIEN GANGSTERS OF MS-13
For a period of time beginning at least in 2015 through September 2017, the Sailors Clique is alleged to have extorted owners of illegal businesses in the Langley Park and Wheaton areas of Maryland, with the extortion proceeds being sent to El Salvador to benefit MS-13. In addition, members of the Sailors Clique allegedly trafficked narcotics, including marijuana and cocaine in Langley Park, Maryland, with the proceeds benefiting the gang.
More specifically, the superseding indictment alleges that on June 16, 2016, Alvarado-Requeno, planned with and directed other MS-13 members and associates to murder an individual who was thought to be a member of the rival 18th Street gang in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
On July 29, 2016, Tejada-Cruz, Hernandez-Guevara and other members and associates of MS-13 planned another murder. After luring the victim to a secluded location, Tejada-Cruz attempted to shoot the victim, and Tejada-Cruz and others stabbed the victim to death.
On March 27, 2017, Contreras arranged for members of the Sailors Clique to travel from Maryland to Lynchburg, Virginia where they murdered a victim in Bedford County.
The indictment further alleges that on August 9, 2016, Tejada-Cruz, Hernandez-Guevara and Rodriguez planned a drug deal to purchase marijuana. Hernandez-Guevara and Rodriguez attempted to steal the marijuana by brandishing a gun and knife, and in the course of the robbery shot and stabbed two individuals.
According to the indictment, on June 1, 2017, Juarez-Vasquez and other members and associates of MS-13 exchanged words with an individual in the Adelphi area of Maryland, and threw MS-13 gang signs. Juarez-Vasquez shot the victim in the head, killing him.
Alvarado-Requino, Tejada-Cruz, Hernandez-Guevara, and Juarez-Vasquez face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Rodriguez, Contreras, Orellana-Estrada, and Mendez-Lopez face a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Tejada-Cruz and Hernandez-Guevara also face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering. Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez also face a maximum of twenty years in prison for conspiring to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion.
Contreras is also charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez have been charged with conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion, which carries a possible sentence of 20 years in prison.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning thanked the FBI Washington Field Office, HSI, DEA, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Hyattsville Police Department, the Montgomery County Police Department, the State’s Attorney’s Office of Prince George’s County, and the State’s Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County. Mr. Schenning also commended Assistant United States Attorneys William D. Moomau and Daniel C. Gardner of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and Trial Attorney Catherine K. Dick of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, who are prosecuting this case.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The violent El Salvadoran gang MS-13 is expanding in Maryland. MS is behind numerous murders in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, but recently sources say MS-13 may be linked to multiple murders in Anne Arundel County. Sources tell WJZ MS-13 gang members lured 21-year-old Jenni Rivera Lopez into a wooded area in Crownsville and beat her to death.
She’s one of at least three victims of gang-related killings in the county in recent months. Police, prosecutors and the county executive announced a gang crackdown late last month, but they have not revealed many details about the murders.
Charging documents WJZ obtained say a source tipped off prosecutors to “a clandestine grave in the area of Chesterfield Road and Hawkins Road.. investigators recovered a female body from the location that had suffered significant trauma,” Police have charged five people in connection with the murder–people who took Rivera Lopez to Crownsville and participated in the killing. They have relied on confidential informants but have yet to release a motive.
WJZ has extensively covered MS-13 killings in Maryland. The mother of another young victim in Maryland said her daughter was targeted in school and urged parents to watch who associates with their children.
Retired gang unit investigator Tony Avendorph, who has worked with Prince George’s County Police, told Investigator Mike Hellgren, “Never underestimate [MS-13]. They’re now told to videotape killings to provide proof to gang leaders… if they feel that they have been disrespected…they will commit these heinous crimes.” Avendorph says the gang also has a presence in Baltimore.
All five remain behind bars right now. They include Brenda Argueta, Ervin Arrue-Figuero, Ronald Mendez-Sosa, Darvin Guerra-Zacarias and Francisco Ramirez-Pena.