Man charged in sweeping racketeering gang case

2013-09-19T20:48:00Z 2013-09-19T23:14:13Z Man charged in sweeping racketeering gang caseTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 19, 2013 8:48 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Federal authorities arrested a man Thursday as part of the sweeping Imperial Gangsters street gang racketeering case.

Vincent Garza was arrested in East Chicago and is charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, according to court records. He's also charged with two counts of murder in aid of racketeering activity and two counts of murder resulting from the use and carrying of a firearm during a violent crime.

Garza had his initial appearance in court Thursday and will have a detention hearing Monday.

According to an indictment, Garza is accused of working with Juan "Tito" Briseno in the homicides of Michael Sessum and Miguel "King Nelly" Mejias. The two are accused of participating in the homicides to maintain their rank within the gang.

Briseno is one of the defendants in the racketeering case. Prosecutors filed a motion earlier this year stating they plan to seek the death penalty against him if found guilty of murder in aid of racketeering and firearm murder.

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