Old lead cracks cold case in Starr County
That all changed this year after authorities made discoveries that led to a lead that had not previously been followed. Caples made a discovery among the old case files from the Texas DPS Crime Lab. Special Crimes Unit investigators confirmed Starr County authorities in 2004 failed to reply to the lead. Due to their ranking in the gang, Bazan would have to go with Mares, because Bazan outranked him. The Starr County Special Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate other cold cases.myrgv.com
12 alleged associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia arrested in San Antonio on federal drug charges
A dozen alleged associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia were arrested in San Antonio on federal drug trafficking charges, officials announced Friday. The San Antonio-area trafficking operation involved methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney John F. Bash. Last year, testimony at a San Antonio trial highlighted the inner workings of the brutal prison gang that started in the mid-1980s. This week, a federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against all 12 defendants. Each of the 12 defendants are San Antonio residents.mysanantonio.com
Texas Mexican Mafia 'general' sentenced to life in prison in San Antonio for extorting drug dealers
CNNSAN ANTONIO - A man accused of holding a prominent leadership position in the Texas Mexican Mafia was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a massive extortion conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Ramos was a Texas Mexican Mafia Free World general in San Antonio since 2015, according to court records. RELATED: Commonly used Texas Mexican Mafia termsIn May 2018, Ramos pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The prosecution has resulted in convictions for 37 Texas Mexican Mafia members, according to the news release. Twenty-one of those sentences have resulted in life sentences, while 16 other defendants await sentencing, according to the news release.
3 of 11 suspects to plead guilty to their roles in Mexican Mafia drug case
SAN ANTONIO – Nearly three months after they were arrested in a sweep of suspected Texas Mexican Mafia members accused of dealing drugs in Seguin and New Braunfels, three of the eleven men have decided to plead guilty. Adrian "Lil A" Barbosa and Carlos Rios were expected to plead guilty to selling heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. A federal indictment alleges the trio were among a group of suspected Texas Mexican Mafia members who used its members "through typical street sales and through the maintaining of 'drug houses' where customers may purchase drugs." It also alleges the gang charges a "drug tax" to non-members selling drugs on their behalf. The remaining co-defendants face a superseding indictment that accuses them of extorting drug dealers by "requiring drug traffickers to pay the extortion tax to members of the Texas Mexican Mafia or face assault, robbery, or murder; using violence in all forms and degrees to enforce the Texas Mexican Mafia requirement that all drug distributors pay the tax in exchange for permission granted by members of the Texas Mexican Mafia to distribute narcotics."