Fresno, California 2021-01-13 16:41:13 –
Salvador Castro Jr., a senior Nuestra Familia official, has pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking conspiracy in a federal court in Fresno on Tuesday.
According to court documents, 50-year-old Castro, a prisoner in Koalinga’s Pleasant Valais prison, used smuggled cell phones to gather new street gangs in Kings and Tulare counties.
— Salvador Castro Junior
In addition, eavesdropping captured Castro’s plans to carry 10 pounds of methamphetamine from Sacramento to Visalia. Court documents also revealed that the agent had collected evidence through text messages and surveillance of the suspect.
Federal prosecutors said Castro had arranged conspirators outside the prison to protect drugs in transit. When the drug arrived in Visalia, Castro and his conspirators discussed plans to distribute stimulants to buyers in the Central Valley.
Castro, 20 other people arrested last year
Castro and 20 of his associates were arrested last June on federal and state drug charges for “Operation Red Reaper.”
In total, the agent arrested 54 people and seized 53 guns and 36 pounds of drugs.
Castro faces a ten-year prison sentence on suspicion of drugs.
Several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies have addressed the case.
The prosecutors are US Federal Attorney Justin Gillio, Kate Shoe, and Kimberly Sanchez.
Take a closer look at the Nuestra Familia
Nuestra Familia is translated in English as “our family”. The gang began in 1968 in Folsom State Prison, and its members were mainly brutal prisoners (“Nortenos”) by Mexican Mafia gang prisoners (“Sureños”).
Authorities explain that the Nuestra Familia is organized with a formal leadership structure and constitution. It imposes a “tax” on drug transactions conducted by street-level Norteños.
According to court documents in this case, Kings County has about 2,500 Norteños gang members and associates.
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