Leaders of Ontario gang convicted of racketeering
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- Two leaders of a San Bernardino County street gang have been convicted on federal racketeering charges in a case that accused them of violent crimes and the distribution of illegal drugs.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1fk5QEt ) 50-year-old Armando "Mando" Barajas of Pomona and 43-year-old Juan "Nito" Gil were convicted Monday after a nine-day trial. Gil was serving a 10-year prison term when he was indicted in 2010.
Both men are purported to be members of the U.S. organized crime group the Mexican Mafia.
U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said as leaders of Ontario's Black Angels, Barajas and Gil extorted drug dealers who paid "rent" in order to operate in the gang's territory.
The Black Angels is a multi-generational Latino street gang that is blamed for distributing methamphetamine and heroin.
Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com