U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Idaho
District of Idaho
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2012
Wendy Olson, United States Attorney
Contact: Pamela Bearg, Public Information Officer
Leader of BMC Gang Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charge
BOISE – Alfredo Castro, a/k/a
Papos, 36, a leader and founding member of the BMC gang, currently housed in the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, Castro admitted that he was a member of BMC, a Sureño street gang with members in the Districts of Idaho and Oregon, and that he conspired to commit racketeering acts, including the solicitation of arson and murder, through conversations he had while incarcerated in the Idaho Department of Correction. Castro admitted that BMC rules state that any individual who cooperates as a witness in a criminal investigation against a BMC member is an enemy to BMC. BMC members are to engage in intimidation, including threats and acts of violence, against any cooperating witness.
Castro admitted that in December of 2008, he ordered BMC members to commit the crime of arson on a business in Fruitland, Idaho, where a BMC member had committed a murder. Castro’s order to commit the arson was not carried out. Castro further admitted that he commanded BMC members to kill a former member who had testified in a murder trial against a fellow gang member. BMC members later discussed Castro’s command in three separate BMC meetings. Castro’s command to commit the murder was not carried out.
To date, five members of the BMC gang have been sentenced in federal court on related charges:
Adam Gomez a/k/a
Lil Toro, of Boise, was sentenced in April 2012 to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise
Jessie Rodriguez, a/k/a
Pelon, of Ontario, Oregon, was sentenced in February 2012 to 115 months in prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
Salvador Apodoca a/k/a
Bugz, of Pendleton, Oregon, was sentenced in February 2012 to 60 months in prison for assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering.
Samson Torres, a/k/a
Gremlin, of Ontario, Oregon, was sentenced in January 2012 to 70 months in prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise.
Mathew Grover, a/k/a
Dreamin, of Fruitland, Idaho, was sentenced in January 2012 to 51 months in prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Trial for co-defendants Oscar Garcia a/k/a
Tiny, Adelaido Gomez a/k/a
Guy, Juan Gonzalez a/k/a
Chango, Juan Jimenez a/k/a
Loco, and Amando Torres a/k/a
Toro, is set for September 18, 2012.
The federal racketeer influenced corrupt organizations (RICO) law prohibits individuals from participating, or conspiring to participate, in the conduct of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. An enterprise is defined as any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity. Racketeering activity is defined as specified criminal acts, including murder, arson, distribution of controlled substances, and intimidation and retaliation against witnesses.
The investigation, named
Operation Black Magic, included the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise Police Department, the Caldwell Police Department, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Department of Corrections, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, the Meridian Police Department, the Nampa Police Department, the Nyssa Police Department, the Ontario Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing.