SAN FRANCISCO—A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging 29 defendants with firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, and honest services fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez. The indictment follows the March 26, 2014 arrests authorized by criminal complaint.

The defendants are charged in the indictment as follows:

Defendant

Charges

(Holtville, CA) The City of Holtville, in conjunction with the Hildalgo Society, will host the 2014 Holtville Car and Bike Show  on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event, which will be combined with the Farmers Market and Street Fair, will be held in Holt Park. Holt Park is located at Fifth Street and Pine Avenue in Holtville, California.

The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities we serve and for the nation as a whole. But we can’t do it alone—we also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Today, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., we publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving us that support. The recipients of our annual Director’s Community Leadership Award have made tremendous contributions toward crime and violence prevention, education and awareness programs, and efforts to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and all citizens.

 

RIVERSIDE, CA—A Lynwood gang member who pleaded guilty to federal sex trafficking charges—admitting that he used force, fraud, and coercion to cause teenage girls to work as prostitutes across Southern California—was sentenced this morning to 360 months in federal prison.

Paul Edward Bell, 30, a member of the Rolling 60s Crips street gang, was sentenced by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

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