NEWARK, NJ - Five Plainfield residents were among eight members of the New Jersey branch of the international street gang “La Mara Salvatrucha,” or “MS-13,” convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of racketeering-related crimes, including multiple acts of violence.

Accordind to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Plainfield residents Mario Oliva, also known as “Zorro,” 29; Julian Moz-Aguilar, a/k/a “Humilde,” 28; Hugo Palencia, a/k/a “Taliban,” 24; Jose Garcia, a/k/a “Chucky” and “Diabolico,” 24; and Esau Ramirez, a/k/a “Panda,” 25; were convicted following a 16-week trial before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court.

Bound Brook residents Santos Reyes-Villatoro, 43; Roberto Contreras, 27; and Cruz Flores, 30; also were convicted.
The jury deliberated for approximately four days before returning the verdicts. Sentencing is set for Sept. 7.