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June 6, 1995 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reputed godfather of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and another alleged syndicate leader pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that they helped direct a ruthless move to control narcotics trafficking among hundreds of Latino street gangs from behind bars at the state's maximum-security prison in Pelican Bay. Benjamin (Topo) Peters, 54, described by law enforcement sources as the godfather of the Mexican Mafia, is charged with crimes including conspiracy to murder rivals who stood in the way of the prison gang's alleged efforts to flex its muscle on the streets of Southern California.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors scored a major victory over the Mexican Mafia this month when a judge sentenced 10 of the prison gang's soldiers to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Now authorities face the vexing question of how to continue the crackdown against the group, which is believed to be responsible for more than 700 slayings over four decades--ranging from brutal hits inside prison walls to the murder of an Eastside anti-gang crusader.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors scored a major victory over the Mexican Mafia this month when a judge sentenced 10 of the prison gang's soldiers to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Now authorities face the vexing question of how to continue the crackdown against the group, which is believed to be responsible for more than 700 slayings over four decades--ranging from brutal hits inside prison walls to the murder of an Eastside anti-gang crusader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1995 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reputed godfather of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and another alleged syndicate leader pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that they helped direct a ruthless move to control narcotics trafficking among hundreds of Latino street gangs from behind bars at the state's maximum-security prison in Pelican Bay. Benjamin (Topo) Peters, 54, described by law enforcement sources as the godfather of the Mexican Mafia, is charged with crimes including conspiracy to murder rivals who stood in the way of the prison gang's alleged efforts to flex its muscle on the streets of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A defense attorney in the Mexican Mafia case asked Tuesday for a mistrial after another defense attorney said her client should not have been charged because the other defendants talked about killing him and his mother.
NEWS
May 31, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a major victory for federal prosecutors, 12 members of the Mexican Mafia were convicted Friday of racketeering and conspiracy charges, including murder and extortion carried out in a ruthless bid to extend the group's influence beyond California's prisons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1995 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid tight security, 14 alleged members and associates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that they and their organization attempted to control drug trafficking among hundreds of Latino street gangs. The 14 defendants, decked out in prison dungarees with their hands shackled at their waists, were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Rosalyn Chapman at the Downtown federal courthouse.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 4 1/2 months of presenting 104 witnesses, 15 secret videotapes and more than 200 secret audio recordings, the prosecution rested Friday in its racketeering and conspiracy case against 13 reputed members and associates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. Assistant U.S. Atty. Lisa Lench rested the government's case after playing one last audio tape that turned out to have a prophetic touch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1995 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities Monday announced the indictment of 22 members and associates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, which for the past two years allegedly has relied on murder and intimidation in an attempt to organize drug trafficking among hundreds of Latino street gangs in Southern California.
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