Texas gang leader gets 20 years for racketeering

August 31, 2011 10:23:22 AM PDT
The Rio Grande Valley head of the Texas Syndicate prison gang has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on racketeering charges nearly 4 1/2 years after he was indicted.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Jose Ismael Salas on Monday along with five other gang members and associates.

Salas pleaded guilty in April 2009 to two drug trafficking counts in the racketeering case for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

The 40-year-old Edinburg man had initially faced additional charges including murder. This batch of sentences was the last for the 13 people included in the indictment.

Also sentenced Monday were Fidel Valle, 45, of Donna; Romeo Rosales, 41, of Raymondville; Noel De Los Santos, 33, of Donna; and Cristobal Hernandez, 31 and Arturo Rodriguez, 28, both of Brownsville.