Fourteen individuals were recently arrested and charged with violating the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act in regards to drug trafficking, extortion and murder. Five of the individuals also face charges of Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering, and two other individuals have been accused of conspiracy to possess and distribute a controlled substance. Each person faces a significant amount of time in federal prison if convicted of these RICO crimes.
According to the federal indictment, the 14 persons belong to the Texas Mexican Mafia, and the authorities suspect that they have been committing crimes dating back to 2009. In 2009, the individuals allegedly distributed narcotics in Eagle Pass as well as extorted narcotics dealers. The individuals are also accused of destroying weapons purportedly used in the attempted murder of an individual who provided TMM information to the authorities.
The 14 accused individuals also face allegations that one member stabbed and killed a Texas victim while the others stood guard. Any evidence that the investigators claim to have against the individuals as well as the specifics surrounding the circumstances were not made publicly available. All 14 face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of RICO crimes, and the five also facing Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering charges face up to life in federal prison.
When such a large number of people face allegations of RICO crimes, government prosecutors must be able to provide specific evidence implicating each individual of the alleged crime in order to obtain a conviction. This task can often be difficult to complete. Each person’s defense team will likely examine whatever evidence the prosecution plans to use against them in court and formulate a defense strategy accordingly in order to seek the best results in court.
Source: ksat.com, “14 Texas Mexican Mafia members arrested for violating statutes”, Troy Blevins, May 23, 2014