Texas Mexican Mafia gang raids lead to arrests

Mexican gang bust in Texas. (KXAN Photo)

SEGUIN, Texas (KXAN) — 150 police officers served dozens of arrest warrants Friday morning in an effort to put the Texas Mexican Mafia behind bars.

From federal to state law enforcement, various agencies showed up to assist the Seguin Police Department with the arrest targeting the mafia in Texas. The effort to arrest the gang-members has been in the works for Seguin over the past 18 months.

Police showed up at multiple homes for the bust. Officials described the gang members as “treacherous” and “violent.” The alleged leader of the Mafia, “Lieutenant,” is among those arrested.

The Mafia is known for illegally trafficking narcotics. Police told KXAN they supply drugs from Austin to Houston. They are believed to have ties inside the Texas prison system.

Seven locations across Guadalupe County are being combed for evidence. Numerous weapons, drugs and vehicles were seized by police. Authorities also found marijuana, packaging materials, and scales during the raid.

Additional arrests are being made in New Braunfels, San Antonio and Houston.

Previous Texas Mexican Mafia bust

In 2011, 17 members of the Texas Mexican Mafia were arrested and sentenced to a combined total of 309 years in prison. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana, crack and methamphetamines were discovered in the Mafia’s possession.

“They have a history of robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer. There were suspects that had convictions for murder, arson, injury to a child, burglary, and other narcotics, and weapons violations,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo in 2011.

Four of those 17 mafia members arrested in 2011 also faced charges for the August 2010 murder of a Hays County man found in a truck wrapped in plastic.

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