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East Side Rivas Hate Crime Indictments

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Department of Justice Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2010 United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Contact: (213) 894-2434
Riverside Gang with Links to Mexican Mafia Targeted in Federal Case that Alleges Methamphetamine Trafficking
Twenty Members and Associates of Eastside Riva Charged in Federal Court

RIVERSIDE, CA—Law enforcement authorities this morning arrested six defendants linked to a Riverside street gang that is alleged to act under the control of the Mexican Mafia and to engage in the trafficking of methamphetamine and other federal offenses that include hate crimes targeting African-Americans. The six defendants are among 20 charged in three criminal complaints filed yesterday afternoon in United States District Court and unsealed this morning. Nine of the defendants charged in the federal cases are already in state custody, in some cases on related charges, and five of the defendants are currently being sought by authorities.

The federal criminal cases are part of a coordinated crackdown on the Eastside Riva (ESR), a 20-year-old street gang with about 500 members that claims territory on the east side of the City of Riverside. The federal investigation, which started in November 2008, led to the criminal complaints that were unsealed today and allege numerous methamphetamine transactions, as well as tactics that ESR uses to maintain power and to cooperate with the Mexican Mafia, to which ESR pays monetary tribute referred to as “taxes” or “rent.”

Of the three criminal complaints filed in federal court, two charge single defendants—one with drug trafficking, one with being a felon in possession of a firearm—and the third complaint charges 18 defendants. The main complaint outlines the alleged structure, rules and activities of ESR, noting that:

- ESR frequently engages in “cruising,” where ESR members arm themselves with an array of deadly weapons and travel in groups to rival gang territory to attack rival gangsters;

- ESR rules require that members of the gang attack individuals who intentionally or inadvertently enter ESR territory, whether they are rival gang members or simply innocent bystanders traveling through ESR territory;

- ESR members use MySpace.com to communicate about gang business, and they use rap music videos and recordings to deliver messages of violence and intimidation;

- ESR is hostile to the presence of African-Americans in ESR territory, even if they are not affiliated with a gang; and

- ESR relies on the possession of firearms to defend and maintain its turf, to attack or defend themselves from rival gang members, and to create an atmosphere of fear in which victims and witnesses will be reluctant to testify against gang members out of fear of retaliation.

The investigation into ESR was conducted by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigators with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office and the Riverside Police Department, and special agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“Federal law enforcement authorities have partnered with local enforcement to take gang members off the streets of communities across Southern California,” said Acting United States Attorney George S. Cardona. “As this action targeting Eastside Riva demonstrates, we will continue to work with local authorities to go after the worst street gangs that traffic in narcotics and terrorize neighborhoods with their violence.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Landrum stated: “Our communities deserve to exist without fear and intimidation inflicted by violent drug gangs. Today’s arrests should significantly impact the violent drug related activity that has wreaked havoc throughout the eastside of Riverside. This effort, as part of Operation Promise, is a promise to our citizens of the continued commitment of law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels to keep our streets safe.”

Steven Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, commented: “Law enforcement at the local and federal levels have once again joined to disrupt a criminal organization responsible for igniting the violence which has a paralyzing effect on the law-abiding citizens of Riverside, and which devastates otherwise peaceful communities. The crimes alleged in this case have serious consequences and, if convicted, ESR gang members will spend a good part of their lives behind bars.”

Those named in the main criminal complaint are:

Salvador Orozco Hernandez, Jr. (aka “Toro” and “Tio”), 45, of Bloomington, a Mexican Mafia member currently in state prison on attempted murder charges, who is accused of issuing directives to senior ESR members on topics including “tax” collections and drug distribution in ESR territory;
Robert Zavala Carrillo (aka “Pato”), 37, of Moreno Valley, accused of being the de facto leader of the ESR gang and the president of an ESR clique, who is a fugitive;
Christopher Nevarez (aka “Flako), 38, of Riverside, the alleged liason between the ESR and the Mexican Mafia, who is currently in state custody on a parole violation;
Ronnie Marquez (aka “Shadow”), 41, of Riverside, allegedly a senior member of ESR who is in custody awaiting trial on drug and weapons offense;
Ignacio Chavez (aka “Kartune”), 32, of Riverside, a senior member of ESR who is in custody awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder and drug traficking;
Mark Gil (aka “Papa” and “Little G”), 35, of Moreno Valley, a senior member of ESR, who is a fugitive;
Andrew Pacheco Moreno (aka “Drew”), 37, of Fontanam, who was arrested this morning;
Daniel Henry Padron (aka “Danny Boy” and “Sneaky”), 33, of Riverside, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of drug trafficking;
Jose Arredondo (aka “Tony”), 40, of Hemet, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of drug trafficking;
Johnny Gomez, 44, of Riverside, who was arrested this morning;
Nateno Moreno (aka “Shorty”), 32, of Riverside, who was arrested this morning;
Vanessa Garcia (aka “Pookie” and “Erica”), 22, of Riverside, who is in custody on a parole violation;
Allexxis Olonna Smith, 24, of Riverside, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of carjacking;
Chris James Garcia (aka “Chuco”), 42, of Riverside, who was arrested this morning;
Rudy Tovar (aka “Dinky”), 30, of Riverside, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted on drug trafficking charges;
Paul Cortez (aka “Wiskers”), 22, of Riverside, who was arrested this morning;
Allan Patrick Staley (aka “Paya”), 37, of Riverside, who is a fugitive; and
Deanna Wagner, 33, of Riverside, who is a fugitive.
The other two defendants charged are: David Martinez, 37, who was arrested this morning after being charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and Ronnie Granado, 42, a fugitive who is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The six defendants arrested today are expected to make their initial court appearances this afternoon in United States District Court in Riverside. As for the nine defendants currently in state custody, the United States Attorney’s Office expects to file writs to have them brought into federal custody. Authorities continue to search for five of the defendants named in the federal cases

A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.

If convicted, each of the 19 defendants charged with narcotics violations faces a maximum statutory sentence of life without parole in federal prison. Granado faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the weapons violation.

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Re: East Side Rivas Hate Crime Indictments

Unread post by mayugastank » February 4th, 2010, 1:35 pm

Anyone know anything about this gang and its hostilities against blacks in the area?Obviously -it was not isolated incidents of hate crimes , since the Feds are involved /...dont know much about the area but maybe someone else does

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Third Corona Teen Held in Fatal Stabbing
Police say the three suspects in the slaying of a 15-year-old are gang members. Meanwhile, friends and family hold a public funeral service.
May 20, 2005|Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Police on Thursday arrested the last remaining suspect in last week's slaying of a Corona teenager -- as thousands gathered the same day for the victim's funeral.

Corona and Riverside police, acting on a tip, arrested Edward Juan Cuellar, 16, of Corona about 1 a.m. after the sport utility vehicle he was riding in with five other people was stopped on Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside, said Sgt. Neil Reynolds of the Corona Police Department.

Dominic Redd, 15, was stabbed to death after being chased by three assailants at the Contadora condominium complex in Corona on May 11, authorities said. The two other suspects were arrested Monday.

Cuellar, along with suspects Joey Alfredo Diaz, 15, and Johnny Ray Aquirre Jr., 16, are members of a Corona street gang, police said. Diaz and Aquirre will be tried as adults on murder and gang charges, and police are asking the district attorney to prosecute Cuellar on the same charges, in addition to hate-crime allegations for all three.

The suspects, who are Latino, apparently made "derogatory comments" to Dominic, an African American, before the attack, Corona Police Sgt. Jerry Rodriguez said.

It was not known whether Cuellar was a student at Centennial High School, where Dominic was a freshman, Reynolds said. Diaz and Aquirre were not students at the school, Rodriguez said.

Also Thursday, an emotional crowd of several thousand people, including students, relatives and community members, gathered at Crossroads Church in Corona for a public funeral service for Dominic.

A video montage of family photos of Dominic grinning as a gap-toothed toddler and smiling as a young man was shown to a Boyz II Men song, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," bringing sobs from many in the capacity crowd.

Some students wore football jerseys from the Centennial Huskies squad, for which No. 4 Dominic was a star running back. Others wore T-shirts emblazoned with the team photo and the words "In Loving Memory."

Dominic's friends and teammates struggled to recite selected Bible verses and a poem to the crowd without breaking down.

"I loved him like he was my brother," said freshman Nia Pines, 14, as she walked into the service. "He always had a smile on his face. He could always cheer you up."

Meg Tagle, 15, also a freshman, had waited in line for two hours to buy a T-shirt commemorating Dominic.

"I just want [people] to remember he was a good person, and never forget him," she said.

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Gang history holds Riverside neighborhood hostage

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The Press-Enterprise

The story of one of Riverside County's oldest and most violent gangs, East Side Riva, is intertwined with that of the close, working-class Riverside neighborhood where the gang took root.

Gangsters ink the name of the Eastside neighborhood and its streets and parks into their flesh, on their clothes and, for younger members, onto their schoolbooks.

Gang members are the sons, daughters and relatives of some of the Eastside's oldest families. But their gang battles have claimed innocent victims, blown apart relations among black and Latino neighborhood residents and terrorized the community.

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2002 / The Press-Enterprise
Hundreds march in Riverside's Eastside to protest violence in the neighborhood after the 2002 shooting of a 13-year-old. Longtime Eastside residents question the county district attorney's recent push to get an injunction against East Side Riva gang members.
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco cites the Hispanic gang's violent history in support of an injunction, the first of several planned against gangs around the county. It would outlaw known East Side Riva members from many activities including congregating, wearing gang clothing and violating curfew in a specified zone of the neighborhood.

But residents say drugs, poverty and few opportunities for young people on the Eastside led to the gang's rise. Authorities should address those fundamental problems, they say.

Longtime community members remember the 1950s and 1960s, before guns, drugs and drive-bys, when gangs were fist-fighting kids who defended their turf. They say East Side Riva began that way, too, but was soon swept up in racism, revenge killings and organized crime.

Many Factors

While the gang, estimated by Pacheco at more than 500 members, has shaped the neighborhood's recent history, even people close to the group cannot pinpoint all the factors that gave rise to East Side Riva, said longtime resident and retired Riverside police Lt. Alex Tortes.

"A lot of kids that get initiated and get jumped in, they don't even know the history of why they do what they do," said Tortes, who now oversees city recreation programs in Eastside parks. "A lot of these kids don't know why they hate the rival gangs or the kids from another neighborhood."

Gabriel Tovar, 25, did not know how long the gang has been a presence in his neighborhood, but said his 85-year-old grandfather, who died recently, had the words "East Side Riva" tattooed along the curve of his thumb and index finger.

Tovar protested in court his inclusion on a list of 114 active gang members in the district attorney's proposed injunction. Authorities have labeled him incorrectly, he said, because he is related to several Riva members, has drug and weapons convictions and has "Riva" tattooed in flame letters on the back of his head and "Inland Empire" on his forearms.

"My uncles raised me. They were Eastside, and you wear what they wear," Tovar said. He added: "You are where you live."

Early Days

The old residential neighborhood east of Highway 91 and south of Highway 60 that nurtured baseball greats like Bobby Bonds and Dusty Baker always had its share of gangs, residents say.

Gangs once drank together, got rowdy and rumbled with rival gangs to defend their neighborhood and its reputation, said Dell Roberts, who moved to the Eastside as a child in 1945 and was a longtime security supervisor at Poly High School. But the gangs did not use guns and did not focus on race, he said.

Black gangs in white muscle shirts, suspenders and flashy shoes, Hispanic gangs in matching logo jackets and other groups were part of life on the Eastside, just like in working-class communities throughout the country, residents said.

The name "East Side Riva" may have emerged in those days as a geographic nickname for the neighborhood, but the gang by that name did not appear until much later, residents said.

Nellie Vazquez, 54, an Eastside native known as "Paloma," said that the Vietnam War and militant civil rights groups brought a climate of social unrest and simmering violence to the neighborhood, and, above all, more people started using drugs in the 1970s.

"You never heard about shootings, about gangs, until the drugs came," said Vazquez, whose old home on Kansas Avenue by the late 1980s became an informal refuge for abused and injured teenagers, many of them East Side Riva gang members and affiliates.

Vazquez is considered by some to be "OG" or old gangster but said she never saw herself as a gang member.

In a neighborhood where about one-third of the population lives below the national poverty line, gangs became criminal enterprises that seemed to promise riches and respect. Members became addicts, dealers and killers. Rivalries were not just about pride, but money.

It was in this environment in the late 1970s and early 1980s that today's Eastside gangs, both black and Latino, took shape.

The Tiny Dukes were the most prominent of the different cliques that emerged in the early 1980s and later came to be known under the umbrella name of East Side Riva, retired Riverside Detective Terry Redfearn wrote in a declaration included with the district attorney's injunction request.

These East Side Riva cliques, with names like Los Traviesos, Clique Los Primos and Los Deliquentes, fought against gangs in the Casa Blanca neighborhood, about five miles to the south. Hostilities also flared against Eastside black gangs, according to Redfearn.

Black gangs generally dealt crack and Hispanic gangs were known to peddle cocaine and heroin, Tortes said. Both groups of gangs sold marijuana and later methamphetamine, he said.

Race Wars

Woodie Rucker-Hughes learned to recognize gang graffiti, colors and other signs in her roughly 20 years as a teacher and administrator at North High School on the Eastside.

Rucker-Hughes taught for 10 years there in the 1970s. She left and returned to work at North in the early '90s to find the school beset by racial and gang tensions.

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"You could see it in how kids were walking on campus, how they dressed. They were flashing signs, and there were fights in the hallways," she said. "You could feel it in the air."

A turning point came in 1991 with the murder of Ismael Carillo in Casa Blanca.

East Side Riva gang members, most from the Tiny Dukes, teamed up with their sometime rivals, the 1200 Blocc Crips, a black Eastside gang, to take on enemies in other neighborhoods.

On a spring night in 1991, members of both gangs piled into two stolen cars and drove off to shoot rival gang members. One carload shot and killed 15-year-old Carillo and another car shot at a man in Rubidoux on city's west side but missed, Redfearn's declaration says.

Redfearn said the drive-bys resulted in at least 32 prosecutions, 11 of them East Side Riva members. Many were sentenced to long stays in prison on murder and conspiracy convictions.

The fallout from the shooting exploded the alliance between the Tiny Dukes and the 1200 Blocc Crips.

In state prison, gang members encountered the prison-based Mexican Mafia, known as La Eme. Redfearn says the Mexican Mafia issued a "green light" on the Tiny Dukes, which encouraged other gangs to target them.

It was punishment for becoming allies with black gang members to attack Hispanics. La Eme offered one way out to the Tiny Dukes, to battle their former allies, Redfearn's declaration says.

By the end of 1993, the Tiny Dukes and 1200 Blocc Crips were gunning each other down, gang fights had erupted at North High and stray bullets had hit bystanders.

But the violence soon spread. Gangs, black and Latino, began injuring and killing passers-by solely because of the color of their skin.

"There were times when you would hear the word on the street was to get any black," said Rucker-Hughes, who is president of the local NAACP chapter.

"Mothers would have trepidations about letting their sons or daughters go to a party or go out. All of that was coming from the prisons, which always just blows my mind, how people who are locked up have so much control over what's going on in the streets and in the neighborhood."

Gangs killed more than a dozen people on the Eastside after 1991, including a 13-year-old honor student, a homeless man, a youth football coach and a boy sitting on his mother's porch. In the course of six months during the spring and summer of 2002, the neighborhood saw two gang-related murders and nine shootings, said Deputy District Attorney Jack Lucky.

It became a cycle of revenge violence, said Monica Barbarin, an Eastside native whose husband and brother were both labeled as gang members in the district attorney's injunction.

Another of her brothers, a 23-year-old father of two and a school custodian, woke up from a nap, went outside and was killed on the sidewalk in 2000. Gang members had shot her cousin dead a few months earlier.

Barbarin's grandmother called the family together and told them to let it be, she said.

"Do you know how hard it was for the men in our family not to retaliate," Barbarin said.

Quiet in the Storm

Barbarin is one of many Eastside residents who question the timing of the district attorney's proposed injunction. It comes during a lull in violence that some say could be the end of the storm but others say could be just a temporary break.

"These guys are bullet magnets," said Lucky, who wrote the injunction, of the East Side Riva gang. "They attract violence when they get together in groups in front of private homes."

But the last killing on the Eastside was in March 2006. Crime also has dropped about 11 percent over the first six months of this year compared with the same time last year, according to police statistics.

Some have worried the injunction could spark more violence. A classified ad that police believe to be a veiled death threat against Pacheco appeared in The Press-Enterprise last month. Chandler William Cardwell, a former newspaper employee whose brother-in-law was named as an East Side Riva member in the injunction, is accused of placing the ad.

Barbarin, Tortes and others say the neighborhood has learned in recent years to dispel dangerous rumors, put a lid on brewing violence and, in some cases, to appeal to gang members' loyalty to their communities and families.

Gangs were an ugly phase for some teenagers who have since left that lifestyle to work steady jobs and raise families, they say.

Many community members say the neighborhood needs more programs to rehabilitate gang members and to keep younger children and teenagers away from crime and drugs.

"People want to get rid of the gangs. They don't want to get rid of the kids that are in the gangs," Tortes said. "We don't want to stop these kids from associating and being proud of their neighborhood. We want to get rid of the criminal behavior."

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Separate from the actions against Riva -- which were a collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- local authorities also arrested members of the gang's neighbors, the predominantly African-American 1200 Blocc Crips.

Despite Wednesday's arrests, officials said about three-quarters of the 700 Riva members are likely still in the community and active. They estimated there are about 200 active members of the 1200 Blocc Crips.

The two gangs once worked together to target rivals in the Casa Blanca region of central Riverside, officials said, until the Mexican Mafia ordered the Rivas to start attacking blacks.

In the 20 years since, Riva gang members have been convicted and sentenced in several hate crimes against innocent bystanders.

This includes the 2005 shooting of a Nigerian tourist on University Avenue and separate 2002 slayings of 13-year-old African-American boys.

"To put it bluntly, it's a race war," Pacheco said. "A lot of innocent people are being killed. Crime has gone down, but it's still violent."

The federal indictment alleges Riva members have orders to attack people who enter their territory and are hostile to African-Americans, "regardless of whether such individuals are affiliated with a gang."


Investigators spent months with confidential informants and wiretapping suspects' phones in order to compile evidence for the complaint. Local district attorney's investigators worked with Riverside police gang detectives and FBI and DEA special agents.

They said that Riva leaders communicate with Mexican Mafia elders in coded language to discuss large-scale meth trafficking and "tribute" payments for the prison gang's protection.

A federal agent who aided in Wednesday's operation said these kinds of relationships mean city gang investigations often end up growing beyond any presumed geographical and jurisdictional boundaries.

Riva-related arrests also were made in Colton, Perris and Corona.

"This is not just a local problem," said Don Roberts, a supervisory special agent with the FBI in Riverside. "It really cannot be done with any one agency."

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Gang member sentenced for killing 13 year old
Desert Sun Wire Service • January 15, 2010

A Riverside gang member involved in the slaying of a 13-year-old boy during a car-to-car shooting was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In September, a seven-woman, five-man jury convicted 27-year-old Zeus Murillo Serrano of killing Markess Lancaster and recommended that the defendant spend the rest of his life behind bars, rather than receive the death penalty -- a recommendation Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard followed.

``In these types of cases, there are no winners,'' said Deputy District Attorney Samah Shouka. ``Nothing can bring this 13-year-old victim back to life. For the victim's family, I know this sentence gives them some comfort.

But it is not enough.

``My hope is that one day, when all those responsible for Markess' murder are held accountable, the family can start to rebuild their lives.''

Along with first-degree murder, Serrano was convicted of two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and multiple allegations of committing a felony for the benefit of a street gang and discharging a firearm to inflict great bodily injury.

According to prosecutors, the defendant and his associates targeted Markess, his older brother, Tyshawn Guidry, and his friend because they thought the trio belonged to a rival, all-black street gang.

According to trial testimony, Serrano and fellow East Side Riva gang members Jesus Alberto Gomez, Ricardo Ruiz and the alleged shooter, Daniel Salgado, went to a liquor store in Riverside to buy beer on the afternoon of Oct. 5, 2002, at the same time the victims went there to purchase soft drinks before heading to a high school football game.

Shouka said the defendants assumed the victims belonged to the rival 1200 Block Crips, and flashed gang signs and made other hostile gestures.

The prosecutor said when Guidry left the liquor store parking lot and drove past the East Side Riva members, Serrano gave chase, following so close that Guidry's Camaro was bumped from behind several times.

The pursuit lasted several miles, and the defendants opened fire when Guidry tried to elude them on a side street, said Shouka.

Markess was struck in the heart and died moments later.

Gomez, who admitted his part in the shooting and pleaded guilty to murder in March, testified that as he and his pals were sitting outside the liquor store, Markess displayed the three-fingered ``12'' sign several times from the backseat of the Camaro, angering the defendants.

Gomez said the East Side Riva members chased Guidry's Camaro and that Salgado fired the fatal shot.

Serrano's attorney, Paul Grech, said his client did not want to pursue the car but was pressured to go after the victims by Ruiz and Salgado. The latter's trial is expected to start later this year.

Ruiz was convicted in May and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Gomez is expected to be sentenced after Salgado's trial

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50 arrested in Riverside gang sweep
Thirty-four agencies target East Side Riva, which has wreaked havoc for 20 years in Riverside County and beyond.
January 28, 2010|By David Kelly
Reporting from Riverside — Hundreds of law enforcement officers took part in a massive sweep against the leadership of Riverside's most notorious gang Wednesday, making 50 arrests and confiscating armor-piercing bullets, assault rifles, knives and two caged rattlesnakes.

"The weapons you see are a small sample of what is out there on the street," said Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach, standing by a table displaying guns, machetes and bullets at a Riverside news conference. "The gangs don't run the streets, the citizens do."

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Some 650 officers representing 34 agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, took part in the raids, designed to decapitate East Side Riva, or ESR, a gang with a 20-year history of wreaking havoc in Riverside County and beyond.

The two leaders, Robert Zavala Carillo, 37, and Mark Alexander Gill, 35, managed to escape, authorities said.

The gang's territory sits between downtown and the edges of UC Riverside. According to the Riverside County district attorney's office, the gang has about 820 members and maintains long-standing ties with the Mexican Mafia, which protects ESR members in prison in exchange for "taxes" on the gang's illegal drug sales.

The gang is also accused of hate crimes against African Americans.

A gang-produced, profanity-laced CD was found during the sweep; on it, gang members rapped about being unfairly targeted by a 2007 gang injunction, then taunted the police to try to shut them down.

"We're still here and still standing tall. . . . The D.A. will never make us small," they rap.

Riverside County Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco said the rattlesnakes were found in one of the targeted homes.

"I'm told one bite can kill you in about 20 minutes," he said, glancing at the coiled snakes.

Acting U.S. Atty. George Cardona said 19 of those charged face possible life sentences because of the volume of drugs, mostly methamphetamine, they sold.

"Operation Promise" began 15 months ago when Leach and Pacheco grew worried about the growing menace posed by the East Side Riva.

The operational name grew out of Pacheco's promise to residents of Riverside's gritty, often violent East Side to crack down on the gang.

"I'd say 99% of people there are decent, hardworking folks, but unfortunately, 1% are gang members," Pacheco said.

"We did damage today to the top leadership, the folks who sell the drugs."

Pacheco said the gang had engaged in a "race war" against blacks, both those in rival gangs and ordinary citizens.

"The Rivas started it and they have been going after African American males ever since," he said.

"We had a guy getting gas who was shot in the head only because of the color of his skin. A lot of innocent people have been killed," he said.

Pacheco has a history of launching massive, high-profile operations.

Last year he sent in Apache helicopters, armored cars and 700 law enforcement agents against 450 gang members in Desert Hot Springs.

The sweep was dubbed "Operation Falling Sun" and was the biggest such sweep in county history

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Unread post by tysuave » February 5th, 2010, 1:42 am

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Unread post by mayugastank » February 5th, 2010, 2:38 pm

This guy from the EME was a major hitter apparently he was stinking rich owned houses in Mexico-San Bernadino-restaurants in West Hollywood, 2 strip clubs. A limo service, a body shop. This guy is everywhere and nowhere. There are so many EME cases he is involved in . He ordered a quadruple murder in Verdugo-Had all gangs in the IE on straight lock. He has shown up in articles all through -INDIO and MORENO VALLEY . This is the type of dude that really hurts the EME when they get pinched-sounds like he had it going on.

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