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GREENBELT, Md. — Lisbeth Delcid, also known as “Lil Truca,” or “Lil
Trucha,” 22, of Woodbridge, Va., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of an MS-13 gang, announced U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein for the District of Maryland.

According to the statement of facts provided to the court as part of the plea agreement, La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 gang (MS-13), is a gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador, with members operating throughout Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, Md. MS-13 is a national and international criminal organization with approximately 10,000 members.

MS-13 is organized in “cliques,” including, the Sailors Locos Salvatruchos Westside (Sailors), the Teclas Locos Salvatruchos (TLS), and the Langley Park Salvatruchos (LPS). Delcid was a member of the Sailors clique. The MS-13 cliques work together cooperatively to commit acts of violence.

Beginning in 2003 and continuing through April 5, 2006, Delcid attended various MS-13 meetings and paid dues to the gang. Delcid began associating with MS-13 while attending high school. Delcid gave money to the gang to support other gang and Sailors clique members who were incarcerated for gang violence.

In January 2006, Delcid admitted to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent and a Prince George’s Police detective that she had a relationship with a leader for the TLS clique. After the leader was incarcerated in 2005, Delcid maintained regular contact with him, depositing money in his commissary account at the jail. Additionally Delcid received letters from the incarcerated leader regarding gang activities, as well as letters sent to her for the express purpose of redistributing information to TLS clique members. Delcid was aware that MS-13 members planned to kill “chavalas,” or rival gang members. Delcid’s repeated assistance in communicating instructions to TLS members furthered the objectives of MS-13, including locating, attacking and killing rival gang members.

Delcid faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for June 18, 2007. Delcid had been on bond, but after entry of the guilty plea she was placed in custody.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the ATF; the FBI, the Prince George’s County Police Department; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the Montgomery County Police Department; the Howard County Police Department; the Maryland National Capital Park Police; the Maryland State Police; and the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department. U.S. Attorney Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys James M. Trusty and Chan Park, and Trial Attorney David Jaffe, a prosecutor for the Justice Department’s Gang Squad, who are prosecuting the case.