Norteno gangsters arrested after posting music video

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Norteno Gang Members

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.

The gangster rap video shot at Fort Ord California, has uploaded to YouTube a week ago, and features a song titled “WAR.” After posting the music video on YouTube, this led attention of local law enforcement. All of the Norteno gangsters who were in the video had prior felony convictions from various cases. It’s against the law for a felon to possess a firearm. SFGate reported

The seven suspects were arrested and put it into the custody. They all live in Seaside California, except one of the gang members, who resides in Salinas.

“We are aware of that video. If you have seen that video, it speaks for itself with regards to the content. That music video did play a part in our resulting investigation and arrests of these suspects,” said Cmdr. Ethan Andrews of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT).

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“The anti-violence task force had been investigating the Norteno gangsters activities in Seaside for months before the YouTube video was uploaded. Most of the gang members seen in the video did not cover their faces to conceal their identities. At least two of the rappers are seen shooting guns in the video.” Andrews said.

“They are committing crimes in this video. Some of the arrests that we made are about the behavior that you see in that video,” Andrews added.

While making the seven arrests, PRVNT officers, Salinas Police Department’s, the Monterey County Sheriff’s SWAT team and Violence Suppression Unit officers served search warrants in Salinas, Seaside, Marina, and Monterey. According to KSBW8.

Carlos Eliezer Arrazola has been arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancement. Bail set at $250,000.

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Carlos Eliezer Arrazola

Robert Lopez has been arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a gang enhancement. He was additionally charged with carrying a concealed firearm in a car, felon in possession of ammunition and gang enhancement. Bail set at $250,000.

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Robert Lopez

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Arcadio Perezruiz has been arrested on a warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancement. Bail set at $250,000.

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Arcadio Perezruiz

Martin Trinidad has been arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancement. Bail set at $250,000.

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Martin Trinidad

Jose Rodriguez has been arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancement. Bail set at $30,000.

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Jose Rodriguez

Mario Villagrana has been arrested on a warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancement.

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Mario Villagrana

Armando Lopez Pimental had been already in custody on other criminal charges and was additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancement

Norteno gangsters arrested after posting a music video on YouTube where they are waving guns and rapping about killing rival gang members.
Armando Lopez Pimental