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"Señora", a collaborator of the Mexican Mafia, is sentenced to prison | The State

A woman who acted as a representative on the streets of the leaders of the prison gang the Mexican Mafia, a role known as that of “Señora”, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, the California Prosecutor’s Office reported Monday.

Cheryl Pérez-Castañeda, 58 years old, was an important collaborator of a cell of the Mexican Mafia led by Michael Lerma, alias “Pomona Mike” and “Big Mike”said Ciaran McEvoy, spokesman for the California Central District Attorney’s Office.

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In her role as executor of the orders of the organization also known as “La Eme”, Pérez-Castañeda collected the money from the Latino gang drug sales and he even had the power to order assassinations.

The members of the Lerma criminal organization They also participated in robberies, identity fraud, drug trafficking, kidnappings and other acts of violence, affirms the prosecution’s accusation.

Between February 2012 and July 2016, Pérez-Castañeda performed “The traditional role of Lady” and performed the proper functions including the collection of “taxes” established by La Eme to the Latino gangs that sold drugs in the Pomona area, north of Los Angeles.

The associate of the Mexican Mafia deposited these monies in accounts belonging to Lerma, who was imprisoned in the Pelican Bay State Prison.

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“But Pérez-Castañeda also used his power as Lerma’s voice in the streets to call for the murder of an inmate from the Los Angeles County jail in July 2013 in retaliation for the shooting of his son,” McEvoy reported.

And when the woman learned that the inmate had been stabbed but had not died requested the approval of La Eme to keep him on the “green light” list as marked for death.

In July 2013, the defendant also participated in an attempted robbery of un Mercedes-Benz automobile property of another inmate. When the person in charge of the vehicle refused to hand it over, one of Pérez-Castañeda’s associates shot him.

In March 2018, a Federal Grand Jury indicted Lerma and others 12 collaborators of multiple felonies, including conspiracy to commit a crime, violent crimes, conspiracy to distribute drugs and use of firearms.

The trial against Lerma and other defendants in this case, including José Valencia González, the one responsible for shooting in the car theft case, is scheduled to begin on May 11.

The investigation of these cases was conducted by the FBI Special Force for the San Gabriel Valley Street Safety, also comprised of members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Pomona and El Monte Police Departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).


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