Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2018 11:32 AM
Incident:Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms
Date: Thursday November 29, 2018
Time: 11:32 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms

Anthony Lek (31), a Salinas man arrested as part of a 2015 investigation into robberies, murders and other crimes linked to the Norteños was sentenced to 15 years last Thursday November 29, 2018. Lek pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of racketeering conspiracy, robbery affecting interstate commerce and using a firearm in a violent crime.

Lek, a member of the Norteño-linked Santa Rita street gang in Salinas, was one of nine men charged under Operation Daybreak in 2015 for their involvement in numerous crimes and multiple locations.

In 2015, Salinas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Lek and eight others as part of Operation Daybreak, a crackdown on the Norteño gang. The prosecution is the result of an investigation initiated by the Salinas Police Department and the FBI.

Lek, has been in custody since his 2015 arrest, will begin serving his 15-year sentence immediately, other defendants are awaiting trial.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

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