SoCal Gang Lord Gets Life Without Parole

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – A Southern California gang kingpin and Mexican Mafia associate has been sentenced to life without parole in federal prison for drug and gang crimes, the Justice Department said.
     A federal jury found Luis Manuel Tapia, 39, guilty of 26 drug- and firearm-related charges after a two-week trial this past September.
     Tapia is the leader of the Oxnard-based Colonia Chiques street gang and is also a validated member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
     Because Tapia already had two narcotics convictions, a life without parole sentence is mandatory under federal law.
     In secretly recorded meetings, Tapia called himself the “CEO” of a drug enterprise he compared to Walmart because he supplied a wide array of contraband and always guaranteed his products’ quality, federal prosecutors said.
     Tapia also bragged that his heroin was so strong that it had “killed six people – a good advertisement” for his drug operation, prosecutors said.
     U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II sentenced Tapia on Monday, concluding the second phase of law enforcement’s Operation “Supernova.”

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