Gang member sentenced for killing connected to the Mexican Mafia

STREETGANGS.COM | December 22, 2016

LOS ANGELES – An El Sereno man and former 18th Street gang member has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug trafficking offense and murdered of a man who had failed to pay “taxes” to the Mexican Mafia.

Eddie “Criminal” Garcia, 39, was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. Following the completion of the 288-month prison term, Garcia will serve eight years of supervised release.

Garcia pleaded guilty last year to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in a case that targeted the San Gabriel Valley-based Puente-13 gang. In addition to participating in drug trafficking activities that included collecting “taxes” or “rent” on behalf of the Mexican Mafia member who controlled Puente-13, Garcia admitted that he murdered another gang member who failed to make those extortion payments.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Garcia admitted that in 2006 he and two members of Puente-13 lured another gang member to an apartment complex, where Garcia executed the victim with a bullet to the head. Garcia was acting at the behest of leaders of Puente-13, who targeted the victim, a Valinda man named David Dragna, because Dragna was suspected of taking drug money that was intended for the Mexican Mafia.
The Dragna murder was unsolved prior to a federal racketeering indictment that was unsealed in June 2010. Two members of Puente-13 pleaded guilty to participating in Dragna’s murder. Angel “Smiley” Torres was sentenced to 186 months in prison, and Steven “Flaco” Nunez is currently serving a 10-year prison term.

The Mexican Mafia member who controlled the Puente-13 gang and his brother were sentenced to life in federal prison after being convicted at trial for their roles in leading a wide-ranging Puente-13 drug and murder conspiracy.

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