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Illegal Aliens – Alleged Gang Members – Charged With Kidnapping, Trafficking, & Robberies In MA

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Boston 25 News is reporting:

“BOSTON – Members and associates of “Primeiro Comando da Massachusetts” gang with Brazilian ties faced a federal judge Thursday, accused of drug and firearms trafficking, robberies and kidnappings in Massachusetts, authorities said.

The accused gang members were residing in several area communities when they were arrested, including in Boston, Stoughton, Malden, Everett, Somerville, Brighton, and Chelsea and formerly in Whitman, Framingham and Revere.

Several were living in the country illegally, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement.

Authorities also seized 27 handguns, two sawed-off shotguns, one shotgun, one rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition during the sweep.

“Violent gangs that proliferate violence are a scourge on our communities,” Lelling said. “Over recent months, members and associates of Primeiro Comando da Massachusetts have been committing serious, violent crimes: brazenly robbing community businesses, dealing drugs, trafficking illegal firearms, and even kidnapping a young woman.”

“We will not standby and allow these criminals to disrupt the safety and peace of our communities,” Lelling said. “Let today’s arrests and charges be a message to gang members and their associates: if you threaten the safety and well-being of Massachusetts residents, we will arrest and prosecute you using all of the federal resources at our disposal.”

The following illegal aliens were charged:

  • Joao Pedro Marques Guimares Gama, a/k/a “Bahianinho,” 21, a Brazilian national illegally residing in Malden, was charged with RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to commit robbery, engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, and being an alien in possession of a firearm;
  • Breno Henrique DaSilva, 20, a Brazilian national illegally residing in Somerville, was charged with RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances;
  • Alvaro Dos Santos Melo, 22, a Brazilian national illegally residing in Everett, was arrested and charged with RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances;
  • Rodrigo Tevares, 19, a Brazilian nation illegally residing in Stoughton, was charged with being an alien in possession of a firearm and engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license;
  • Fernando DeOliveira, 24, a Brazilian nation illegally residing in Brighton, was charged with being an alien in possession of a firearm and engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license;
  • According to court documents, in September 2018, federal, state and local law enforcement began investigating members and associates of PCM, a gang with Brazilian ties that first appeared in Massachusetts two years ago.

    Its members are accused of violent crimes including the illegal sale of firearms, drug trafficking, robberies, kidnappings and armed assaults in numerous communities in Massachusetts, including Boston, Malden, Everett, Somerville, Framingham, and Peabody, among others. During the investigation, law enforcement seized 31 firearms, including 27 handguns, two sawed-off shotguns, one shotgun, one rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

    The defendants allegedly committed various criminal offenses, some of which they admitted to cooperating witnesses, Lelling said. For example, Gama told cooperating witnesses that PCM not only committed robberies in Massachusetts, but also had targeted and robbed a drug dealer and his family in Connecticut. Gama stated that during the robbery, he held a gun to the head of the dealer’s daughter. In addition, during the investigation, Costa allegedly discussed a planned armed robbery with an undercover federal agent and repeatedly stated that it was likely that the gang members/associates would commit murder as part of the robbery.

    Additional robberies alleged by the court documents include: an Oct. 18, 2018, armed robbery of a market in Boston committed by Goncalves; a Dec. 9, 2018, armed robbery of a pizza delivery person in Everett committed by DaSilva; and a Jan. 17, 2019, armed robbery of a gas station in Weymouth committed by Igor Costa. In addition, on Feb. 7, 2019, DaSilva and Henrique were involved in the kidnapping of a young woman who they believed could help them target a rival gang member. DaSilva and Henrique lured the young woman out of a residence in Peabody and eventually took her to a residence in Maynard where she was held at gunpoint and threatened. A cooperating witness alerted law enforcement, who responded to the scene and eventually arrested DaSilva.

    On numerous occasions in 2018 and 2019, the defendants illegally sold firearms and drugs to cooperating witnesses, Lelling said.

    In addition to the 14 charged criminally, four individuals were arrested by ICE Thursday.

    Defendants illegally in the U.S. will be subject to deportation proceedings, Lelling said.”

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    Yuma Sector Arrests Gang Member From El Salvador In Group Of Illegal Aliens

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting:

    YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested an 18th Street gang member from El Salvador along with six illegal aliens from Mexico and Honduras Saturday, morning south of Dateland.

    Wellton Station agents discovered evidence of foot traffic near the international border south of Dateland Saturday morning. After an extensive search, agents located seven adults hiding in brush approximately five miles southeast of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Forward Operating Base, Camp Desert Grip. The seven men were from El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico.

    During processing, agents identified one of the illegal aliens as Santos Sorto-Sorto, a 34-year-old 18th Street gang member from El Salvador. He has multiple felony convictions for possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, and disorderly conduct out of New Jersey. He stated that he was attempting to travel to Houston, Texas to live and work.

    All seven illegal aliens were processed for immigration violations.

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    Calexico CBP Officers Intercept $155,000 Worth Of Meth & Heroin Over Weekend

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    CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry intercepted $155,540 worth of methamphetamine and heroin in three vehicles over the weekend.

    The first seizure occurred on Saturday, May 11, at about 10:50 a.m., when a CBP officer encountered two men who entered the border crossing in a Ford F-150 truck. The CBP officer referred the 31-year-old and the 41-year-old to the vehicle inspection lot for a more in-depth examination.

    A canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage. Following an intensive search, officers discover five wrapped packages containing a total of 11 pounds of methamphetamine stashed inside transmission transfer case of the truck. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $ 17,600.

    The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens and residents of Stockton, were arrested for the alleged narcotics smuggling attempt.

    At about 2:40 p.m., the next day, a 33-year-old woman entered the U.S. driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima sedan. A CBP officer conducting primary inspections of vehicles and travelers referred both the driver and vehicle for a more intensive inspection.

    While officers were conducting their search of the Maxima using the port’s imaging system and a canine team, a CBP detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s engine area. Officers subsequently searched the area and discovered three wrapped packages containing a total of seven pounds of heroin inside a non-factory compartment in the battery of the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $65,940.

    The driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja Mexico, was arrested for the alleged narcotics smuggling attempt.

    Hours later, at about 5:40 p.m., a CBP officer working at the port of entry referred a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2008 Mazda CX7 for further examination.

    CBP officers conducted an examination of the sedan that included a canine screening. The detector dog alerted to the rear back seat of the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered 49 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the gas tank of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 45 pounds with a street value of approximately $ 72,000.

    In each of the three narcotics incidents, the drivers and passenger were turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing and were later transported to the Imperial County Jail.

    CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles.

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