Lennox gang gets RICO indictment

By Alex A. Alonso
January 25, 2011 | 11:33 p.m.

Last Wednesday, the US Attorney’s office announced a federal racketeering indictment against the Lennox 13 gang, a small gang in unincorporated Los Angeles County south of Inglewood where the 405 and 105 Freeways intersect.

The culmination of an 18 month investigation led to the arrest of 27 members, friends and affiliates of the Lennox gang. Several of those arrested were charged in an 11-count indictment that alleges violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Those named in the RICO indictment are:
* Miguel Estrada, also known as “Stranger,” 42, of Hawthorne, a Lennox 13 shotcaller who allegedly was directly involved in drug sales, tax collections and
extortion of at least one local business (currently a fugitive);
* Baldemiro Ulloa, also known as “Pana,” 53, of Lennox, a Lennox 13 shot-caller who allegedly was directly involved in narcotics sales (arrested this morning);
* Cesar Facio, also known as “Tamal,” 34, of Lennox, a Lennox 13 member who
allegedly distributed cocaine and methamphetamine, collected taxes from drug
dealers and was involved in the extortion of at last one local business (arrested this Wed morning morning);
* Marco Ruiz Nario, also known as “Tony” and “Sniper,” 34, of Lawndale, a Lennox 13 member who allegedly supplied cocaine to the gang (arrested Wednesday morning);
* Jose Manuel Gonzalez, also known as “Cyclone,” 37, of Hawthorne, a Lennox 13 member who allegedly engaged in violent crimes on behalf of the gang
(previously taken into state custody);
* Cesar Enrique Barreiro, also known as “Weasel,” 24, of Hawthorne, a Lennox 13 member who allegedly participated with Gonzalez in robberies and assaults
(previously taken into state custody);
* Jorge Arturo Hercules, also known as “Joker” and “Trouble,” 25, of Westmont, a Lennox 13 members who allegedly assaulted innocent citizens on behalf of the gang (arrested Wednesday morning);
* Elena Martinez, 55, of Hawthorne, who owns a Lennox 13 hangout called The
Den in Hawthorne and allegedly distributed cocaine and methamphetamine
(arrested this morning);
* Donald Salazar, Jr., 45, of Inglewood, who allegedly distributed
methamphetamine (arrested this morning);
* Alejandro Sepulveda Armenta, also known as “Trini,” 43, of Hawthorne, who
allegedly provided methamphetamine to the gang (currently a fugitive);
* Santiago Larios Rodriguez, 36, of South Los Angeles, who allegedly supplied the gang with methamphetamine (currently a fugitive);
* Joe Martinez, also known as “Scrappy,” 27, of Lennox, a Lennox 13 members
who allegedly distributed methamphetamine (arrested this morning);
* Robert Velardez, 26, of Gardena, an alleged methamphetamine distributor
(arrested Wednesday morning);
* Maria Hernandez, 51, of Lennox, an alleged narcotics distributor (currently a
fugitive); and
* Dante Hurtado, 47, of Hawthorne, who allegedly sold narcotics out of a Lennox barbershop where Lennox 13 members congregated (arrested Wednesday morning). Estrada, Ulloa, Facio, Nario, Gonzalez and Barreiro are the six defendants named in the RICO count.

Alex Alonso is an author, film maker and founder of Streetgangs.com. He is also a contributing author in the 2010 book entitled “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities” (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, at 800-249-1324, or on Twitter.

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9 Comments for “Lennox gang gets RICO indictment”

  1. frank not

    if the FEDS are going to indict a bunch of rag tag gang members from this innocuous neighborhood, that has done very little in the crime arena, look out to all the other hoods, the FEDS are coming to a neighborhood near you….just because.

  2. mostknownunknown

    They don’t look all that violent to me. lol

    • StreetGangs.Com Staff

      I dont believe that the photo represents the actual members that were arrested, but I agree, in general, that area of LA gang life is not that violent when compared to other areas.

  3. Time to pay the piper.

  4. blakielnx13

    to all the nox family keep ur head up

  5. the law will prevail

    these are the individuals that do not contribute to society and may they rot in jail. where they will not harm or influence others to continue they’re evil deeds. good always prevails

  6. Big B

    Bunch of LEVA’S! Better ask somebody GRIZZLY MXP GANG IN CONTROL!

  7. DUMPER 104st

    The foos in this pic are dead or in jaiL I know kuzz that’s my hood n I know most foos in the picture FREE TERMITE LNX13TKS

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