EAST LOS FAMILIA DTO, Taking over Los Santos's Criminal World
May 23rd, 2019
EASTERN LOS SANTOS
East Los Familia is a Drug Trafficking Organisation (DTO) with deep roots in the city of Los Santos. The DTO focuses mainly on discreet narcotics trafficking throughout the city and supplying smaller gangs with firearms for easy profit.
The East Los Familia Trafficking Organization (also known as the Eastside Family, the North-East Familia or simply the ELF) is a multiracial organized crime syndicate based in East Los Santos, dating back to 2013. The ELF rose to power in 2017 under the control of Rosaleen Ortega-Quintero-Peralta and Martin Peralta. This period was marked by bloody gang conflict over control of the lucrative drug trade in the area and was the setting in which the ELF established its reputation as a reliable supplier with the means to protect its interests. The East Los Familia expanded its criminal portfolio over time and is now involved in a wide range of criminal activities including loansharking, gambling, prostitution, extortion and murder.
East Los Familia is organized as a broad trafficking ring which incorporates several smaller gangs. These smaller bodies facilitate the traffic of drugs onto the streets and help insulate the upper levels of the organization from the day-to-day operations. Within its base of operations on the east side, the ELF employs the use of a local Mexican-American gang to distribute its product - primarily marijuana and small amounts of cocaine. In southern Los Santos, the Grape Street Crips work alongside the organization to distribute percocet and other opioids in the neighborhoods of Willowfield and Westmont.
The ELF uses a number of legal businesses to launder drug profits. These businesses provide upper management with a stream of legitimate cash to re-invest in other legal ventures and back into wholesale drug purchases from larger organizations.
EAST LOS -Twelve local and federal law enforcement
In total, 24 suspects believed to be in the My Crew Killz and La Raza Outlawz X4 gangs have been arrested for a variety of crimes, including attempted murder, human trafficking, and drug sales. All were arrested in a series of raids within the projects and all around East LS.
The investigation grew from Los Santos Police looking into an uptick in violence in the city about a year ago. It quickly expanded to encompass a wide array of regional gang activity, police said.
Los Santos Police Chief said at a news conference that he guarantees all arrested were involved in violence. The Norteno gangs "gets its profits from preying on our community," he said.
Officials called it one of the biggest operations in the city in years, not only because of the number of suspects involved but also because of the broad collaboration between multiple law enforcement agencies.
They searched apartments and houses on Franklin Avenue, seized 18 guns, large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, broke up two marijuana growing operations and seized a Mercedes-Benz, a Porsche believed to have been purchased through illegal gains as well as $15,000 in cash.
Among the 24 suspects, we were not able to identify the leader of La Raza Outlawz X4 but identified the leader of My Crew Killz as John Jorge.
Charges have already been filed for all suspects, including attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon, human trafficking, pimping, witness intimidation, and drug sales.
During this deadly raid, two confirmed La Raza Outlawz X4 gang members were gunned down by law enforcement. One of the victims was apart of an open investigation, the gangs and narcotics division had an open case on Cesar Rojas a/k/a Crazy. SWAT busted into his apartment and found Cesar Rojas counting drug money with an FN-57 on the table before he could reach for it he was gunned down and died on the scene. Rico Lopez a/k/a Rider was gunned down on Franklin Avenue, many officers had him at gunpoint as he reached into his hoodie and got gunned down.
A few months after the raid took place a rising wave of nortenos appeared on Juniper Avenue along with tags which we had an ex-sureno now GND officer take a look at. He confirmed they were La Raza Wasteland X4 gang graffiti.
This relentless gang is responsible for a majority of gun and drug crimes in the neighborhood. Here at the Los Santos Police and Sherrif's department, we ask for you to stay away from this vicious gang, for they are known for their violent acts with the use of various weaponry.