The Feds Say That A Ventura County Gang Member Who Was Linked To The Mexican Mafia Is Convicted On Drug Charges

Monday September 16, 2019

     The United States Attorney's Office says that a high ranking member of the Oxnard-based Surtown Chiques street gang who attempted to secure control of drug trafficking in Ventura County was found guilty by a federal jury on drug charges.

     They also say that 36-year-old Armando "Criminal" Molina of Ventura also extorted "taxes" on behalf of the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

     Molina was arrested in 2013 as part of "Operation Supernova" that was aimed at Mexican Mafia affiliated street gangs in Ventura County.

    Federal prosecutors say that evidence at the four-day trial indicated that between October 2012 and March 2013 Molina and his co-conspirators sold 247 grams of pure methamphetamine to a confidential informant working for the FBI.

    The criminal complaint complaint called Molina one of the "shotcallers" of Ventura County street gangs involved in a series of drug transactions.

    Molina is scheduled to be sentenced on February 6th and he is facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a mandatory maximum of life in federal prison.

    The U-S Attorney's Office says that on the eve of Molina's trial, his co-defendant, 37-year-old Frank "Villian" Ruiz of Ventura County, pleaded guilty to similar charges and is facing the same potential sentence on Decemberr 12th.