Antigang group leader arrested in LA
LOS ANGELES - A man who left a ruthless street gang in Central America and won political asylum in the United States after starting the Los Angeles branch of an agency that rescues kids from gang life was arrested yesterday as part of a federal gang crackdown.
Alex Sanchez, 37, was taken into custody at his Bellflower home on federal racketeering charges, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Eight other people were arrested. The indictment names 24 leaders, members, and associates of MS-13, a gang affiliated with the Mexican Mafia prison gang. Chief Assistant US Attorney George Cardona said Sanchez was involved in a murder conspiracy in May 2006.