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Nuestra Familia Member Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking

April 10, 2012  | 

A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to operating a cocaine trafficking conspiracy for the Nuestra Familia prison gang, federal authorities announced Monday.

Juan "Wino" Gallegos, 35, of Salinas pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. He has also pleaded guilty to four other drug trafficking felonies and faces life in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for July 9.

This case is the product of the government's sweeping 2007 gang conspiracy case known as Operation Valley Star. The investigation targeted Nuestra Familia, a violent California Latino prison gang. The gang exerts control over street-level Norteño gang members engaged in drug trafficking and violent crime.

Between 2004 and 2007, Gallegos and others distributed methamphetamine and cocaine for the Nuestra Familia's Salinas Regiment. Gallegos transported, cut, and distributed the drugs. During the same time period, Gallegos also assisted in transporting large loads of methamphetamine and cocaine from Southern California to Northern California.

In May 2007, Gallegos and others met at a bar in San Juan Bautista to plan the transportation and distribution of 20 kilograms of cocaine. A suitable driver was selected based upon his lack of criminal history. A rental car was obtained to act as the "load" car, according to the FBI.

Gallegos helped to provide "security" by following the load car. On May 4, 2007, the two vehicles headed to the Los Angeles area to pick up the cocaine. During the drug exchange, agents intercepted a call with the drug supplier. Gallegos is heard in the background of the call explaining to the supplier that the driver of the load car has a cover story and, if the load car is stopped, Gallegos will use his vehicle to create a diversion.

The initial indictment of 25 defendants in June of 2007 led to two jury trials and the convictions of five defendants on multiple counts of drug trafficking. In the 2009 trial, one defendant demanded a speedy trial and was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. During the 2010 trial, four of the NF's leaders were each convicted on all counts in the indictment after a contentious four-month jury trial.

The investigation was led by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.

Cooperating agencies included the FBI's Stockton Violent Crime Task Force, the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force, the Stockton Police Department, the Salinas Police Department, the Watsonville Police Department, the Monterey County Sheriff's Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


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vanessa munoz @ 11/25/2013 8:00 AM

I want to know the name of the group

jamet Wilson @ 9/20/2015 10:46 AM

Part I Crime Alert: : Young African.American.Women being targeted , Interstate Stalked, and homicidal assaulted East 40th street and Latin Kings Gang members and members of a documented Racist Biased Organized supremacist organized terrorist group known as the family are serial stalking and Interstate stalking and terrorizing the victims while making terrorist threat to the FBI. This crimes are related to 100 killings bet by LA street gangs. >> the racist group "the family or family">> > Led by Raymond Austin and family member Joshua Austin Harold Austin Mark Austin who has a stronghold with the East 40th Street gangs members and the Chalmers family members Memphis Tn ( Gregory, Ellen, Stephanie, Raymond) Ira Morgan and Ira Chatman and family Member and the Kinchelow family Indianapolis In Mary Kinchelow Saginaw Michigan Member naming the racist group "the family or family Gang members and members of a Racist supremacist organized terrorist group are serial stalking and Interstate stalking and terrorizing with homicidal assault

jamet Wilson @ 9/20/2015 10:49 AM

Led by Raymond Austin and family member Joshua Austin Harold Austin Mark Austin who has a stronghold with the East 40th Street gangs members and the Chalmers family members Memphis Tn ( Gregory, Ellen, Stephanie, Raymond) Ira Morgan and Ira Chatman and family Member and the Kinchelow and family Member naming the racist group "the family or family"

> Gang members and members of a Racist supremacist organized terrorist group are serial stalking and Interstate stalking and terrorizing with a homicidal assault to the head and brain under the skin and scalp (causing medical diagnosis laceration to the scalp and brain to the female and men victims. Brually beating the head and brain, a signature homicidal assault with intent to murder and Conspiracy to murder. Lillie Bell Chatman, Jamberlyn Voss, Cynthia Williams female leader with several members listed in the federal complaint. Members of this group homicidal assaulting with intent to murder to the head and brain assaulting the victim right in front of the police and the FBI agent in the FBI offices on several occassions with effort to undermine the intelligence of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and other laws and a possible threat to this federal agency and threatening and intimdated the woman's victim life as well. Assuring the United States law will do nothing about these federal violation and federal statues.

Samanthaj @ 4/3/2016 1:42 PM

The above mentioned Organized Crime Group committing these crimes targeting Single-family women new homebuyers and Single Parent Women living alone in houses and apartments in cities throughout the United States with a Stronghold in Memphis Tennessee are Racist Extremist Supremacist Group Gang Members known as " the family. "

Samanthaj @ 4/3/2016 1:49 PM

The Organized Crime Group targeting Single-family women new homebuyers and Single Parent women for their crimes in cities throughout the United States are Racist Extremist Supremacist Group Gang Members known as "the family".

Beriam @ 4/3/2016 2:58 PM

Keep in mind these individuals are dangerous Women being targeted , Interstate Stalked, and homicidal assaulted with intent to murder

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