In Del Rio over the past two weeks, a federal judge sentenced 29 Uvalde/Hondo-area Texas Syndicate members to federal prison, including four defendants to life imprisonment, for various racketeering and drug trafficking offenses committed in Uvalde, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.
That announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and special agent in charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division.
United States District Judge Alia Moses sentenced TS members and Uvalde residents George “Curious” Sanchez, age 40; Raul “Fatboy” Rodriquez, age 42; Mike “Big Mike” Cassiano, age 39; and, Cristobal “Little Cris” Velasquez, age 37, to life in federal prison for conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute.
Hackers hit close to home this week when an entity calling themselves Fouzi Baws-DZ hit an Internet server that hosts the Uvalde Leader-News website, leaving the site unaccessible as of press time on Wednesday afternoon.
Though a message left by those responsible was only visible for a brief period of time before being taken offline, it appears that the group or individual had strong pro-Muslim views that seem to have motivated the attack.
“Muslim Is Not A Terrorist,” the initial message read, before going on to list a number of events – such as the wars in Iraq – that the hackers perceive to have been overt threats to Muslims across the globe. “It seems like the word ‘terrorist’ is only reserved for Muslims.” The message also contained the address to a social media site, www.facebook.com/crazy.miss.off, saying, “Contact me.”
Local law enforcement – with the help of the Texas Department of Public Safety – recently recovered over $300,000 worth of stolen heavy duty equipment on a Uvalde ranch, after the alleged thief made off with a Texas Department of Transportation tractor complete with a GPS