Reputed MS-13 big indicted
Bugged phone behind fed conspiracy charge
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.
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.