A Texas Mexican Mafia member was sentenced Thursday, April 12, to two consecutive life sentences in federal prison plus 10 years for federal racketeering offenses and a murder in south
This investigation was jointly conducted by the following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, and the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigations Division and Texas Rangers, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Hondo Police Department, Uvalde Police Department, and Uvalde County Sheriff's Office.
U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Victor Esquivel, 26, aka "Youngster" of
The RICO offenses were committed in Uvalde,
Esquivel is the 11th of 12 defendants convicted in this RICO conspiracy to be sentenced. Before this April 12 sentencing, prison sentences handed down had ranged from 84 to 300 months. The remaining defendant, 23-year-old Javier "Javi" Guerrero of Uvalde,
All 12 defendants conspired to conduct the affairs of the Texas Mexican Mafia through a pattern of racketeering activity, which included murder, solicitation of murder, drug trafficking and extortion. The extortion took the form of coercive collection of a 10 percent drug tax, also known as "the dime," from drug distributors known to the members of the criminal enterprise. This drug tax collection was enforced by robbery, serious bodily injury or other acts of violence, including murder.
The Texas Mexican Mafia was formed in the early 1980s by inmates in the