Mexican Mafia members arrested after federal investigation

Orange County based Mexican Mafia members alleged to be involved in racketeering and gang-related offenses

Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
July 14, 2011 | 10:29 p.m.

Mexican Mafia member arrested in Orange County

Mexican Mafia member arrested in Orange County

Over five hundred law enforcement officers and agents executed arrest and search warrants Wednesday after a multi-year investigation by the Santa Ana Gang Task Force that resulted in five federal indictments and various state felony charges for gang-related crimes. Several gang members and associates were taken into custody for alleged offenses including racketeering, extortion, narcotics and firearms violations, assault and murder.

On Wednesday, 26 of the 57 federal defendants were arrested during the early morning operation while 25 were already incarcerated on unrelated charges. Six are considered fugitives and are being sought be members of the task force. In addition, eight of the state defendants were arrested Wednesday and three are considered fugitives. The remainder were already in custody.

A federal grand jury in the Central District of California returned five federal indictments, the last of which was returned on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011. The federal indictments collectively charge 57 members or associates of the Mexican Mafia and a tagger crew from Costa Mesa called Forming Kaos. Two of the five federal indictments charge violations of the federal racketeering statute, commonly known as RICO.

One RICO indictment charges a total of 28 defendants associated with an Orange County branch of the Mexican Mafia, an organization led by Mexican Mafia member, Peter Ojeda. Ojeda was previously indicted in 2005 in the Central District of California and is currently incarcerated in federal prison serving time for his conviction in that case. T

The second Indictment charges an additional 17 defendants (11 with RICO) associated with the Forming Kaos and details their ties to the Mexican Mafia.
The three remaining federal indictments charge an additional 13 defendants with a variety of narcotics trafficking violations, including the distribution of heroine, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as a series of firearms offenses.

The indictment charging members and associates of the Orange County faction of the Mexican Mafia, headed by defendant Peter Ojeda, alleges the defendants engaged in conspiracies to commit murder, extortion, conspiracies to commit extortion, and narcotics trafficking for monetary gain.

As a member of the Mexican Mafia, or “carnal,” defendant Ojeda maintained the primary leadership role among Hispanic street gang members in Orange County and his influence over gangs extended from the streets to the jail system. High ranking and intermediate level members of the F-Troop gang, as well as high ranking members of other Hispanic criminal street gangs, such as Delhi, Highland Street, Orange Varrio Cypress, East Side Santa Ana, Little Hood Santa Ana, McClay, Townsend, and Forming Kaos, made up the Orange County Mexican Mafia and assisted defendant Ojeda in exerting his influence over Hispanic street gangs and their members in Orange County, according to the indictment.

Ojeda ordered people to pay money as a “tax” or “tribute” which consisted of a portion of the proceeds the gangs earned from various criminal activities. In return, gang members were permitted to exert influence over their neighborhoods and territories and seek protection or assistance from the OC Mexican Mafia.

The indictment alleges Ojeda disciplined Orange County criminal street gangs and their members who engaged in unsanctioned violence or did not pay taxes as required. The OC Mexican Mafia also disciplined any gang member who committed some act of disrespect to the organization, its members, or those protected by it. The discipline included “green lights” placed on the offender, meaning the gang or gang member would be physically disciplined or required to pay a “penalty”. The OC Mexican Mafia also disciplined members and associates of its enterprise and other gang members by putting them on a “Hard Candy” list, meaning the individual would be targeted for death by any member or associate of the OC Mexican Mafia.

Ojeda, who served as the unchallenged leader of the OC Mexican Mafia for decades, was transferred out of Orange County in 2007 to serve the federal sentence imposed as a result of his 2006 conviction in the federal Bureau of Prisons. At this time, another member of the Mexican Mafia, defendant Armando Moreno, attempted to take over defendant Ojeda’s leadership position in the OC Mexican Mafia and ordered Ojeda’s supporters to be placed on the “Hard Candy” list. Despite being incarcerated outside of California, defendant Ojeda maintained his leadership position in the organization and ordered those members and associates loyal to defendant Moreno to be placed on the “Hard Candy” list.

The girlfriends and wives of incarcerated members and associates are alleged to have been directly involved in the affairs of the OC Mexican Mafia and knowingly passed messages between members and associates of the OC Mexican Mafia. The indictment alleges these messages included “green light” and “Hard Candy” lists which resulted in individuals being targeted for assaults and murder.”

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9 Comments for “Mexican Mafia members arrested after federal investigation”

  1. Ha ha ha take that shit back to mexico and leave the honest working people here.

  2. Chico Grande

    Great, now u pissed em off!!

  3. Joe

    Gangs are a plague on the nation.

  4. MIMI

    THIS IS B.S MY HUBBY WAS ARRESTED ON THIS RAID AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS NOW HES GOING TO DO 33 MONTHS FOR NOTHING…THIS JUST SHOWS HOW THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS SOME STRONG REVIEW IN HOW THEY WORK THINGS.AND I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT IF I HAD MONEY MY HUBBY WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT SINCE DAY ONE. WHAT A SYSTEM!

  5. sureno

    Now ur hubby is jerkking it behind with his cell mate.LOL

  6. SAMMY

    Shit happens….

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