Multi-Agency Violent Crime Gang Initiative Produces
January 29, 2007 -- Harold L.
Hurtt, Chief of the Houston Police Department, Roderick L. Beverly,
Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston office of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation and Giovanni Gaudioso, Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge
of the Houston office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) announce the arrests of Mara Salvatrucha -13 (MS-13) fugitive
Albin Adalin Zalaya-Zelaya,
aka FLACO, 26, and five of his associates.
Zelaya was wanted in the State of Texas for burglary
of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault and federally
for illegal re-entry into the United States. Zelaya and his brother,
Pablo Donaldo Sevilla Romero,
31, are also wanted by Honduran authorities in connection with
the murders of Zelaya's ex mother-in-law and ex father-in-law,
Eleazar and Suyapa Vasquez. The couple was beheaded in their home
on December 25, 2006. According to Interpol, Zelaya is also wanted
for questioning regarding the massacre of 37 people, which occurred
in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in December of 2004.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, January
27, Zelaya and Romero were arrested along with Miguel
Antonio Mejia Estrada, 21; Johnny
Geraldo Perla Fernandez, 27; Marlin
Santos Matute Turcios, aka Snoopy, 20; and Marcos
Antonio Olivarez Calderon, aka Gordo, 24, by agents of the
FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), gang investigators
and SWAT officers of the Houston Police Department. These individuals
are charged with evading arrest and also face immigration charges.
The operation was the result of an investigation by the Multi-Agency
Violent Gang Crime Initiative (MAVGCI) formed in August of 2006
which was investigating a series of kidnappings and attempted
kidnappings of illegal aliens in the Houston area.
The MAVGCI requests the public's assistance in
identifying any additional criminal activities, which may have
been committed by these individuals or others. Anyone with information
about these individuals is asked to please contact the Houston
office of the FBI at 713-693-5000 or Houston Police Department
Gang Division at 713-308-0200.
additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs
Division at 713-308-3200.