Saturday, 19 September 2009

Guerrero Olivas, aka "Screech," 26, was sentenced to 210 months in prison

Guerrero Olivas, aka "Screech," 26, was sentenced to 210 months in prison by Judge Sam R. Cummings of the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, part of an immense crackdown on the street gang that began last year.Also sentenced were 33-year-old Hiluterio Chavez, aka "Zeus," of Chicago, who received 87 months in prison on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, possession of stolen firearms and conspiring to engage in the business of dealing in firearms.
Eliseo Perez, aka "Wicked," 28, of Mission was sentenced to 188 months in prison by Cummings. Perez pleaded guilty May 14 to indictments charging him with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.Other Big Spring residents having pleaded guilty in the case include John Guzman, 30; Reynaldo Nava, aka "Rat," 27; and Carol Ann Rivas Nava, 20. One defendant, Luis Nava, aka "Flaco," of Midland, withdrew his guilty plea and will proceed to trial by court order.The indictment in the investigation, which charged a total of 17 defendants and was unsealed Feb. 26, alleged that from 2001 until Dec. 13, 2008 — when six of the defendants were arrested — the alleged members of the Latin Kings conspired to distribute multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and marijuana throughout Texas and elsewhere.
“The 11-count indictment... charges each of the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana,” said acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas James T. Jacks shortly after the indictments were unsealed. “Three defendants are also charged with conspiring to deal in firearms. The indictment also includes drug distribution charges and various firearms charges, including using and carrying a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.”Officials with the BSPD say the Latin Kings are believed to be responsible for the May 4, 2008, drive-by shooting that claimed the lives of Valerie Garcia, 20, and Michael Cardona, 21, both of Big Spring, and injured several others.Jose Robledo Nava — allegedly the Texas leader of the Latin Kings — along with Gabriel Lee Gonzales, Eduardo Daniel Mares, James Johnathan Cole and Robert Allen Ramirez are currently under federal indictment for the slaying of Garcia and Cardona, according to court documents.According to the indictment — which was engineered by Jacks and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division — the defendants acquired the cocaine and marijuana from Mexico and brought it to the South Texas region, where it was packaged, stored and transported to Big Spring, Lubbock and Midland for further distribution.


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