Member of the MS-13 Maryland sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his involvement in organized crime and murder

He planned and participated in the murder of an alleged member of a rival gang.

Illustrative image VD / Courtesy: Ministry of Security of El Salvador.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The US District Judge James K. Bredar today sentenced Daniel Flores Ventura, dubbed “Foolish”, of 26 years, de Aspen Hill, Maryland, a 30 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for their participation in the Mara Salvatrucha, of MS-13, criminal gang organization considered by US law. Their participation included at least one murder.

That organization was created by Central American immigrants, especially Salvadorans, in Los Angeles, in the eighties. Today is one of the largest gangs in the world, and one of the most violent.

According to the plea agreement acceptance, MS-13 is a gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador, with members operating in the state of Maryland and throughout the United States. Branches or “clicas” MS-13 often work in criminal activities and abetting against law enforcement. Members and associates of the MS-13 should commit acts of violence within the gang and against rival gangs. One of the main rules of MS-13 is that its members must attack and kill their rivals, known as “chavalas”, whenever possible.

As detailed in his guilty plea agreement, Ventura Flores admitted that from at least 2015 He was a member and associate of the Unions click the MS-13 in Maryland, and he conspired with other members and accomplices, Sail Vilas including Argueta Bermudez, Willians Lovos Ernesto Ayala and Michael Campos Lemus, who they were also members of the Unions and Mills clicas. Ventura Flores admitted that from 2015 he, their accomplices and other individuals involved in organized crime activities, including murders and other violent acts, and drug distribution.

Since June or July 2015, Ventura Flores and his accomplices planned and conspired to assassinate the courts call the Victim 1, who believed he was a member of the rival gang Street 18. The 16 July 2015, Ventura Flores and his accomplices lured the victim from Maryland to Virginia on the pretext that the victim was to participate in a disciplinary beating against another individual.

Ventura Flores took the victim, along with other members and associates of the MS-13 from Silver Spring, Maryland a Woodbridge, Virginia, where they were found in a wooded area with Argueta Bermúdez, LOVOS Ayala, Campos Lemus and other. Ventura Flores struck the victim in the head. Since then, Argueta Bermúdez, LOVOS Ayala, Campos Lemus and other members and associates of the MS-13 beat and stabbed the victim several times with machetes and knives until he died.

Ventura Flores admitted that the victim was killed to maintain or increase respect within the community to the MS-13 and its members who participated in the murder.

Sail Vilas Argueta Bermudez, nicknamed "Happy", “Little Happy,"And" Enchilada," have 32 years and is Aspen Hill, Maryland. Williams Ernesto Ayala Lovos, nicknamed "Tiger", have 26 years and is of Woodbridge, Virginia. Michael Campos Lemus, nicknamed "Humble", have 25 years and is Aspen Hill, Maryland. They already pleaded guilty and are expected to be sentenced before the end of the year.

Ventura Flores Case "reaffirms the message that violence perpetrated by members and involved in the MS-13 will not be tolerated”, said US Attorney Robert K. How. “Our continued work with our affiliated law enforcement agencies to bring members of MS-13 to justice demonstrates our unwavering commitment to eliminate the MS-13 and its campaign of senseless violence”.

“Gang members and violent crimes have no place here in Maryland”, the special agent said Homeland Security Investigations in Baltimore, John Eisert. "This significant sentence removed from the streets to one of its most dangerous members and weakens the largest illegal organization, one member at a time. I congratulate and thank the officers who continually exposed to danger and continue our concerted efforts to dismantle these criminal organizations ".

Translation: Francisco Ayala Silva.