Massive Gang Conspiracy
updated: Nov 28, 2012, 5:35 PM
Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Nature of Incident: Dozens Indicted in Massive Gang Conspiracy
Location: Throughout Ventura County
Date: April 2012 to November 2012
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Ventura County District
The Ventura County Grand Jury has handed down indictments on 27 people accused
of conspiring to commit assault likely to cause serious bodily injury,
extortion, home invasion robberies, commercial pharmaceutical robberies,
narcotics trafficking, and other organized criminal activity.
All of the suspects are documented members of several local gangs in Ventura
County. The unusual aspect of this case was that they were working in
conjunction with and for the benefit of a highly organized prison gang hierarchy
controlled by the Mexican Mafia or "La Eme."
All of the criminal activity was organized and coordinated by one high ranking
member of the Mexican Mafia from a prison outside California.
The investigation revealed the Mexican Mafia has used its intimidation and
narco-trafficking powers to direct extortion and fear to control the criminal
activities of Ventura County gangs.
"This case has dealt a crushing blow to organized crime in Ventura County," said
Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis. "We have incapacitated the organization from the
top through its geographic managers."
While gang activity in Ventura County is not unusual, the cooperation among
various rival gangs was unprecedented in this case.
During the past seven months, investigators utilized a variety of resources to
uncover the activities of the group and actually interrupted several violent
crimes before they were carried out. Detectives seized dozens of firearms and a
variety of narcotics.
The complexity of the investigation required tremendous cooperation between
local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Ventura County
Sheriff's Office, Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Oxnard Police
Department, Ventura County Probation Agency, California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and
The defendants indicted in this case are:
Martin Madrigal Mar. 11, 1973
David Acosta Apr. 28, 1975
Ismael Arreola July 7, 1980
Jose Arreola June 11, 1977
Guadalupe Barrales Dec. 12, 1972
Jose Barrales Sept. 18, 1993
Brian Beppu June 20, 1977
Lina Fuentes June 3, 1978
Michael Lopez July 18, 1976
Angel Mata Aug. 1, 1978
Alana Mora Aug. 28, 1981
Edwin Mora Apr. 2, 1984
Jose Mendoza Mar. 10, 1989
Ruben Mora Aug. 9, 1983
Librado Navarette Nov. 15, 1986
Cesar Navarette Feb. 13, 1988
Javier Tamayo May 1, 1978
Ollivia Tamayo Aug. 24, 1975
Juan Rosas Mar. 17, 1986
Alfred Perez Sept. 8, 1984
Sabrina Zuniga Oct. 29, 1981
Robert De La Cerda Aug. 6, 1978
Miguel Gallardo May 28, 1976
Rodolfo Magdaleno July 7, 1978
Rafael Palazuelos Aug. 26, 1981
Male Juvenile 16
Male Juvenile 16
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