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January 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thirty-five people, including members of the Mexican Mafia, have been indicted on 52 felony charges involving drugs, weapons and violence, prosecutors announced Friday. Among those indicted by a county grand jury was the purported leader of the Mexican Mafia in San Diego, Jose Alberto Marquez, who was arrested in Tijuana in November by Mexican authorities. The indictments came after an eight-month investigation.
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June 21, 1997
The seven-month conspiracy case against 13 reputed members and associates of the Mexican Mafia ended Friday when the jury decided that the federal government could keep two cars and $2,409 in cash that the FBI seized from three defendants. On May 30, the same jury convicted 12 of the 13 defendants on racketeering and conspiracy charges, including murder and extortion.
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April 10, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense attorneys in the Mexican Mafia trial in Los Angeles federal court began their case Wednesday by continuing to attack the prosecution's key witness, a former Mexican Mafia prison gang member who turned against the group. The defense's first witness was Los Angeles sheriff's Det. Roy Nunez, who was a chief handler of Ernest "Chuco" Castro, who testified for nearly two months against the 13 defendants.
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November 17, 1995 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the reputed leaders of the Mexican Mafia have been locked up in maximum security cells on federal racketeering charges for months, a new indictment alleges that some of them are continuing to direct drug trafficking among Southern California's Latino street gangs.
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January 5, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A defense lawyer said Thursday that reputed Mexican Mafia leader Mariano "Chuy" Martinez had nothing to do with the execution killings of three men in a Montebello auto body shop, and he denounced the prosecution's star witness as an "unmitigated, shameless liar." Max Torvisco, who once served as Martinez's right-hand man, had testified for the government that Martinez orchestrated the killings over a walkie-talkie, instructing his henchmen to leave no survivors.
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May 17, 1997
A federal jury in the Los Angeles racketeering and conspiracy trial of 13 suspected members and associates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang completed its first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict. The seven-man, five-woman panel got the case after being instructed for nearly two hours by U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, who presided over the six-month trial.
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May 16, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jury in the Los Angeles trial of 13 suspected members and associates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang is expected to begin deliberations today after opposing sides completed their final summations Thursday. The panel of seven men and five women, whose identities have been closely guarded since the case began in November, must receive two hours of jury instruction before beginning deliberations, probably sometime around noon, court officials said.
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June 16, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A task force of 300 police officers launched early morning raids throughout Orange County on Wednesday, serving 40 warrants and capping a two-year investigation that authorities said could topple the Mexican Mafia's drug dealing enterprise in the county. Officers arrested 24 people, including Peter Ojeda, 63, a La Habra resident identified as the ranking Mexican Mafia soldier in Orange County.
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September 5, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid sobs from some relatives, three more members of the Mexican Mafia were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole after their conviction this year on federal racketeering and conspiracy charges. A fourth man, Joe "Shakey Joe" Hernandez, 43, received a lighter prison term, 32 years, partly because he is only an associate and not a full-fledged member of the secretive prison gang. U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W.
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May 4, 1995
A federal magistrate judge in Los Angeles refused Wednesday to release an associate of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and ordered him held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Joe (Noser) Herrera, 21, was one of 22 core members or associates of the Mexican Mafia indicted on racketeering charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Reichmann denied Herrera's request for bail.
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