Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

A multi-agency task force of 500 law enforcement officers swooped down on members of the avenues gang on Drew Street yesterday morning. The crackdown netted 32 members or associates of the “Drew Street” clique of the avenues.

The operation, which began at 4 a.m., stemmed from a massive 157-page federal racketeering indictment targeting 70 members of the gang who lived on Drew Street in northeast Los Angeles. Federal and local law enforcement officers served 25 federal search warrants, and picked up 32 avenues gang members and associates in the pre-dawn raid. Twenty-six of the gang members who were indicted were already in local and federal custody including Maria “Chatta” Leon who is reputed to be the matriarch of a large family of drug-dealing gang members.

Her son, Francisco “Pancho” Real, the leader of the gang and the lead defendant in the indictment, was arrested along with some of his brothers. According to prosecutors, Mexican Mafia members authorized Francisco Real to take control of the area last summer.

Despite the massive sweep, more than a dozen gang members remain at large. They include:

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Jose "Minor" Alvarado

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

German "Chispas" Real Ampude

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Jose "Papucho" Aviles

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Raul "Spanky" Borja

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Raul "Raton" Carbajal

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Imelda Catalan

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Lenin Catalan

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Juan "Gordy" Hernandez

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Guillermo "Slim" Ocampo

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Michael "Cuba" Valcarce

Avenues Gang Indicted; Many Members Still-at-large

Luis "Smalls" Vargas


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