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East Coast MS-13 Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

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    Weapons Seized, 56 Alleged Gang Members Arrested

    Federal authorities say they charged 56 members of the MS-13 gang in a series of overnight raids in and around Boston. (Published Friday, Jan. 29, 2016)

    An East Coast leader of violent Central American street gang MS-13 has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. 

    Federal prosecutors say Jose Adan Martinez Castro will be sentenced in February after pleading guilty in Boston's federal court on Monday. They say Castro was the leader of the MS-13's East Coast Program. 

    Castro was one of more than 60 people indicted in a MS-13 sweep last year. Authorities say the Salvadorian man lived in Richmond, Virginia, and was recorded as he ran a meeting there with East Coast Program leaders in December 2015. 

    Weapons seized during a 2016 sweep that resulted in the arrests of more than 60 people, including Castro.
    Photo credit: FBI Boston

    Prosecutors say Castro and others discussed sending money to El Salvador to support the gang and the need to retaliate against people who provide information against them. 

    Castro's attorney didn't immediately respond to an email on Tuesday.

    2 Arrested Locally as Part of Massive MS-13 Gang Crackdown2 Arrested Locally as Part of Massive MS-13 Gang Crackdown

    The local suspects arrested were Juan Martinez and Christian Alvarez-Hernandez. Martinez, 21, was arrested on Nov. 1, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017)

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