Florencia 13 gang member sentenced in racketeering and narcotics case

By Amina Kham (LA Times)
February 4, 2010 | 4:11 pm

A federal judge sentenced a fifth member of the Florencia 13 street gang this week to life in prison for his conviction on a host of criminal charges, including racketeering and narcotics distribution case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said today.

Francisco Flores, 24, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Santa Ana after his conviction last year on charges of conspiring to commit murder and attempted murder and violent crime in aid of racketeering. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

Flores “preyed on victims because they were black and for no other reason but racial motive,” U.S. Judge District Judge David O. Carter said during sentencing.

Also Wednesday, another Florencia 13 defendant, Jose Gonzalez, 36, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his conviction on racketeering and drug trafficking charges.

Instead of specifically targeting rival gang members, the Florencia 13 gang members had a policy of targeting African Americans, prosecutors said.

“The unique and more disturbing aspect of this case was the rampant and violent racial hatred against African Americans that this gang had,” said Asst. U.S. Atty. Peter A. Hernandez.

One young man in his twenties was killed while returning home from his job as a painter, while another couple was robbed apparently because they were black.

“I’ve dealt with the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood now, soon to be the Mongols, but you really take first place,” Judge Carter said Friday during the sentencing of another Florencia 13 defendant, Arturo Cruz, 34.

Flores and Gonzalez were among 104 defendants named in six indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in 2007 against the Florencia 13 gang. Ninety-four of the defendants have been convicted, three are pending trial, two have died, and five are fugitives from the law.

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3 Comments for “Florencia 13 gang member sentenced in racketeering and narcotics case”

  1. Marquis Crenshaw

    LOL START BLEEDING YOU STUPID FLOWERPOTS!! THINGS ARE GONNA BE DIFFERENT AROUND HERE!!

  2. Unknown13k

    Rest in piss to yo dead homie Ck snappz rest in dog sh*%

    rest in piss two the 2beaners getting hit on Main St and 77th lol
    flower ki*lah
    All blacks gangs ki*l flowers

  3. SOUTH SIDE X3 FLORENCIA BIG SNAPPER

    WE CLEANING MY CITY FROM SOUTH CENTRAL, SOUTH GATE, HUNGTINTON PARK, BELL, BELL GARDEN, WATTS. FK MAYATES & WHITE& ASIAN WE TOOK OVER CALIFORNIA PRISONS AND JAILS. I stay in holmes & 92 st i have about a year kikcing here outside..nothing but a G thang sometimes i walk around the hood protrolling my territory from graham to holmes all the way to 85 st near firestone . i see mayates but they stray snitches & homeless so i dont fk w them if i recoise someone then they get SMOKE ASAP or i report it to headquarters then someone ttrying to earn stripes would take em.. we already going at it with grape st crips and varrio grape st. but 2018 we be from slauson all the way to 95 or 97 st taking over gangs if they dont join us then their leaving. mayates are easy to take off

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