Brothers from La Puente sentenced to life in Mexican Mafia case
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
March 6, 2013 | 8:44 p.m. PST
LOS ANGELES – A member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and longtime leader of the Puente 13 street gang, Rafael “Cisco” Munoz-Gonzalez, 42, was sentenced today to life in federal prison after being convicted in 2012 on federal racketeering charges that included a stabbing and conspiracy to murder members of a rival gang. The brother of the Mexican Mafia member, Cesar “Blanco” Munoz-Gonzalez, 38, of Rowland Heights, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison.
The Gonzalez brothers were convicted in December by a federal jury that found them guilty of violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, as well as committing racketeering crimes, engaging in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, illegally possessing firearms and other offenses. The evidence presented at the trial stated that Rafael Munoz-Gonzalez ordered an attack on a witness who was cooperating with federal investigators in this case. As a result of his order, a man was stabbed 22 times at the federal jail in downtown Los Angeles and beat over the head, suffering a punctured lung and fractured skull.
The evidence introduced at trial showed that members of Puente 13 were involved in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, and that leaders of the gang extorted drug dealers by collecting “taxes.”
While Rafael Munoz-Gonzalez was in custody in 2007, his brother Cesar trafficked large amounts of methamphetamine with other gang members, spoke on his brother’s behalf at gang meetings, and directed other members of Puente 13 to collect “tax” payments from area drug dealers on Rafael’s behalf. In early 2008, Puente 13 gang members and associates were arrested as part of a federal investigation into the drug trafficking activities of the gang and the racketeering indictment that led to life in prison sentences for the Gonzalez brothers was filed on June 2, 2010.
Puente member, Abraham “Listo” Aldana, 30, of West Covina, was sentenced on Monday to 27 years in federal prison. After Aldana was released from Pelican Bay State Prison in 2008, he became one of Rafael Munoz-Gonzalez’s most aggressive lieutenants, collecting tax payments and helping facilitate the conspiracy to murder and assault rival gang members.
On February 26, another Puente member Michael “Mikey” Torres, 43, who was a key player in the gang’s narcotics trafficking, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for racketeering, drug, and firearm offenses.
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