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FBI Seeking Five Members of Cartel-Like Gang in San Diego

By Danny Fenster

Five members of the cartel-like Los Palillos gang, a blight on life in San Diego, remain at large while the FBI continues searching for them, reports 10 News.

“It’s as if a group of serial killers moved from Tijuana into San Diego and started murdering citizens here,” deputy district attorney Mark Amador said of the group, who are said to be responsible for a kidnapping and killing spree across San Diego county, according to the station.

A Los Palillos member was seen on surveillance cameras casing a wealthy entrepreneur’s home in area in 2009; just days later, the homeowner was kidnapped and held hostage. FBI swat tracked down the hostage holders, apprehending six, but the others got away.

“We believe some of these members are down in Mexico but it doesn’t preclude them from traveling around Mexico or possibly up here,” said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth, the station reported.

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Latin Kings National Leader Gets 60 Years

By Danny Fenster

The highest-ranking leader in the United States of the notorious street gang the Latin Kings was sentenced in Chicago to 60 years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to a statement from the FBI.

Augustin Zambrano, 51, was given the statutory maximum. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving drug trafficking in April of last year. Zambrano was a “Corona” of the Almighty Latin King Nation, according to the FBI, responsible for overseeing and orchestrating “the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang,” the FBI says. The gang has around 10,000 members in Illinois alone.

Zambrano went by the names “Big Tino,” “Tino,” “Old Man,” and “Viejo.”

He and three co-defendants were convicted of running a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves  through drug-trafficking, preserving and protecting their power, territory and revenue with murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, and other acts of violence.

“This investigation has held to hold the leaders of the Latin Kings like Zambrano responsible for their iron-fisted leadership of a criminal enterprise responsible for murders and attempted murders. As the CEO of this gang, Zambrano bears responsibility for its criminal acts,” said Chicago  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in a statement.

Prosecutors fought for a maximum sentence by saying that Zambrano “chose violence at every turn.”