On the night of March 12, 2015, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Quick Reactionary Force, together with the Texas Air National Guard, were conducting aerial operations over Falcon Lake.
During the maneuvers they observed a boat traveling northward into the United States from Mexico at a high rate of speed.
Suspecting that the boaters were undocumented foreign nationals attempting to enter the United States illegally, authorities apprehended the individuals aboard the boat. The passengers turned out to be Jose Manuel Saldivar-Farias a/k/a “Z-31” or “El Borrado,” who lied to agents about his true identity, and Osiel Hernandez-Martinez, 26.
Saldivar-Farias is thought to be a regional commander for Los Zetas criminal organization with responsibility for the northern region of Mexico including the states of Coahuilla, Taumalipas and Nuevo Leon, plus Zapata, Texas.
As such, he is allegedly in charge of all narcotics moving through the area. The criminal complaint alleges that several multi-ton quantities of marijuana are brought into United States through this area on a regular basis.
Initially arrested on immigration charges related to his illegal presence in the United States, a criminal complaint unsealed later charges Saldivar-Farias and Hernandez-Martinez with conspiracy to possess more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Salidvar-Farias is also charged with giving false statements to government agents.
If convicted on the drug charges, Saldivar-Farias and Hernandez-Martinez each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison and a possible maximum fine of $10 million. Saldivar-Farias also faces up to five years and a $250,000 fine if convicted of making false statements.
The arrest was a collaboration effort of FBI, DPS, National Guard, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations, which are all investigative partners within the South Texas corridor along with Customs and Border Protection components Office of Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations and Office of Air and Marine.
FAM Mob Leader Indicted for Robbery
James Earl McCracken, 27, of Memphis, Tennessee, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for a violation of the Hobbs Act. The Hobbs Act makes it a federal crime to commit a robbery that interferes with interstate commerce.
According to the indictment, in 2011 McCracken was the head governor of FAM Mob, a street gang with members in the Frayser, Northhaven, Raleigh and Millington areas of Shelby County, Tennessee. The indictment alleges that FAM Mob’s hierarchy consists of a head governor, governors, CEOs, big “homies” and little “homies.” Further, the indictment alleges that the head governor was responsible for calling membership meetings and enforcing violations of FAM Mob’s rules.
McCracken and FAM Mob members allegedly conspired to obstruct, delay, and affect interstate commerce by robbery — specifically, that McCracken and others robbed an individual engaged in narcotics trafficking.
The penalty for their actions is up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.