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Castaic man named in federal indictment involving drug trafficking, Mexican Mafia

Posted: August 7, 2013 4:45 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2013 4:45 p.m.

A Castaic man was among those arrested this week in a multi-agency crackdown on the alliance between the Mexican Mafia prison gang and the La Familia Michoacana drug-trafficking cartel, federal officials announced.

Freddie Montes, 44, of Castaic, an alleged member of La Familia, was arrested along with seven others who were named in a federal indictment charging that the Mexican Mafia — which has influence both inside and outside Southern California prisons — sought to protect and expand La Familia’s drug trafficking activities across the nation.

“We have demonstrated our ability to stop the Mexican Mafia from realizing a new power base by disrupting the gang’s plot to establish a threatening alliance with a major drug-trafficking organization,” said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.

The indictment outlines the alliance between the Mexican Mafia and La Familia and related drug activities, naming 13 defendants.

Eight, including Montes, were arrested Tuesday morning. Four were already in custody and one is a fugitive.

The members of La Familia named in the indictment allegedly oversaw the distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana in Southern California, as well as provided money and drugs at discounted prices to members of the Mexican Mafia.

“Today’s enforcement efforts will help to reduce the damaging impact of this brutal organization by arresting key members and associates of the La Familia cartel and disrupting the distribution networks in the Los Angeles area,” said DEA Agent in Charge Anthony Williams on Tuesday.

The indictment is the result of an investigation that began in May 2010 and involved multiple federal and local law-enforcement agencies, officials said in a news release.

A second indictment unsealed the same day concerns the Mexican Mafia and its control over a south Los Angeles street gang.




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