Four suspected members from the Surenos street gang have been charged with conspiracy "to extort money (known as "collecting taxes") from Santa Barbara County residents on behalf of the Mexican Mafia" in California as reported by KABC.
Rudy Aguirre Jr. has been sentenced by a Los Angeles federal judge "to 25 years in prison for murdering one man and ordering the killing of another" as reported by Kate Mather for the Los Angeles Times. Although Aguirre -- aptly nicknamed as Lil Psycho -- fancied himself a boss of the Avenues gang he basically was a tool of the Mexican Mafia, and among his duties was collecting street taxes from drug dealers on behalf of the prison gang.
Alex Guerrero, a Chicagoan in his early 40s, was accused of robbing drug traffickers and turning over the proceeds to the Latin Kings. Guerrero and his former partner on the Chicago police force, Antonio Martinez Jr., allegedly used their police-issued unmarked vehicle, guns, body armor and badges to commit the crimes under the guise of legitimate police operations.
*** Two Mexican Mafia members plead guilty for their roles in the gang's drug operations in South Texas which included using threats and violence to extort a 10% street tax dubbed "the dime" on dealers.
*** Feds target the LRGP Crew in Buffalo, NY: "The LRGP has been designated a violent street gang and has been involved in drug dealing, street-level violence and the use of firearms," said Christopher M. Piehota, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Buffalo."