NEWARK, NJ - An MS-13 gang member from Plainfield has admitted that, even after being arrested on charges of conspiring to murder rival gang members, he and others planned to kill suspected government witnesses from prison, according to authorities.

The 27-year-old man, Julio Adalberto Orellana-Carranza, also known as “Player,” appeared before U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiring to engage in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell.

Orellana-Carranza acknowledged in court he was a member of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) clique of MS-13 from at least August 2011, said officials. He admitted he conspired with other members of MS-13 to engage in murder, robbery, extortion and drug trafficking, they said.

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According to court documents the four gang-related murders included a woman murdered on Feb. 27, 2010. The woman’s body was found in Piscataway in an industrial area.

Orellana-Carranza stated that, in June 2011, he and other members of the PLS clique
plotted to kill members of rival gangs in Plainfield, said Fishman. He further admitted that after being arrested on those charges, he and other jailed MS-13 members intended to intimidate or kill people they believed to be cooperating with law enforcement in the prosecution of MS-13 members, said the prosecutor.

Orellana-Carranza faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a
$250,000 fine. He will remain detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 4.