Re­puted MS-13 big in­dicted

Bugged phone be­hind fed con­spir­acy charge

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By AN­TO­NIO PLANAS — an­to­nio.planas@boston­her­ald.com

A re­puted East Coast leader of the bru­tal MS-13 gang was in­dicted on a charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit rack­e­teer­ing after fed­eral au­thor­i­ties said they over­heard him on a bugged tele­phone telling other gang lead­ers to bet­ter screen re­cruits who won’t rat them out to the FBI.

Ed­win Man­ica Flores — known as “Su­gar” — was caught on a fed­eral wire on Dec. 13, 2015, ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment. The 35-yearold placed a phone call from El Sal­vador while other mem­bers of East Coast cliques in the so­phis­ti­cated MS-13 group met at a home of a mem­ber in Rich­mond, Va., ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

Mem­bers of the gang, with deep ties to El Sal­vador, were in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing clique lead­ers from Bos­ton, Mary­land, Ohio, Texas and Vir­ginia, the in­dict­ment read.

“You must be very care­ful about who you bring in and talk to, you know, be­cause the (ex­ple­tives) up there, brother, have it worked out ... the FBI gives them a car, gives them money, gives them ev­ery­thing, and when they given them all that, they loosen their tongues, you know,” Man­ica said, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral court pa­pers.

“It’s the out­come of what they’re bring­ing in. That they’re go­ing to kill and then they are two-faced,” the feds said Man­ica was recorded say­ing. “You have to know all the in­for­ma­tion, an­a­lyze to whom you’re go­ing to talk ... be­cause in the end, we are go­ing to put him on the black­list, you know . ... I’m go­ing to say it clearly over here: The Mara makes him, the Mara re­moves him.”

The MS-13 gang’s for­mal name is Mara Sal­va­trucha.

Man­ica is the re­puted leader of MS-13’s Everett Loco Sal­va­trucha clique, and one of the gang’s re­gional lead­er­ship based in El Sal­vador. He is in jail in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try and au­thor­i­ties ex­pect to seek his ex­tra­di­tion.

MS-13 mem­bers in the Bay State op­er­ate in “cliques,” the in­dict­ment says.

Feds also al­lege that Man­ica told other gang lead­ers that mem­bers need be more care­ful while things are “hot” on the streets, in­clud­ing not wear­ing the gang col­ors of blue and white, and Nike Cortez sneak­ers.

“Dressed like that, the en­emy can see you, the po­lice can ar­rest you, and boom, to El Sal­vador . ... We, as Everett Lo­cos founded in Bos­ton (un­in­tel­li­gi­ble), we’re al­ready cut­ting out all that (ex­ple­tive),” the feds said Man­ica was recorded say­ing.

Also, yes­ter­day, re­puted MS13 mem­ber Domingo Ti­zol, 23, known as “Chapin,” a Gu­atemalan who lived in Chelsea, pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to con­duct rack­e­teer­ing. He ad­mit­ted to his role in the at­tempted mur­der of a ri­val 18th Street gang mem­ber in Chelsea in May 2015.

Ti­zol’s sen­tenc­ing is slated for Jan. 4.

HERALD FILE PHOTO

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CON­NEC­TIONS: Graf­fiti in this 2005 photo taken at Pier One in East Bos­ton marks the pres­ence in Bos­ton of MS-13, a gang with ties to El Sal­vador and mem­bers across the U.S.

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