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Suspected Los Angeles gang members arrested by US postal inspectors

A United States Postal Service inspector detains a person in a promotional video posted on USPIS.gov

A United States Postal Service inspector detains a person in a promotional video posted on USPIS.gov

At least one alleged Los Angeles gang member and several accomplices were arrested by United States postal inspectors and face several charges.

Antonio Hernández, an alleged member of an infamous Los Angeles gang, was arrested along with Iván Murillo-Hernández and Alexis García Martínez, according to the United States Postal Inspection Service.


The three have been charged with mail theft, conspiracy to defraud a bank, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and robbery at a Post Office. Several minors have also been implicated, authorities said.

From at least November 2022 through August 2023, the three defendants allegedly stole mail from post offices in Los Angeles and Orange counties, using threats of force or other tactics in hopes of stealing mail containing checks, cash or other valuables.

To date, officials say the crew stole more than $800,000 from victims across the state.

A crucial part of the scheme involved the recruitment and use of several juvenile accomplices, according to USPIS.

The defendants allegedly sought out underage partners to provide them with debit cards and bank account information in hopes of depositing the stolen funds into their accounts without arousing suspicion. They would then quickly withdraw the fraudulent funds from the accounts or make purchases using debit cards provided to them by the juvenile accomplices.

The scheme’s leaders allegedly promised their underage partners a share of the profits, although it is unclear whether they followed through.

A United States Postal Service Inspector badge is displayed in a promotional video posted on USPIS.gov
A United States Postal Service Inspector badge is displayed in a promotional video posted on USPIS.gov

Among the incidents that have been linked to the group is an April 2023 robbery at a post office in Anaheim in which mail trays were stolen. Hernández, Murillo-Hernández and some juvenile accomplices allegedly fled from police in a vehicle provided by García Martínez.

The suspects led police on a high-speed chase on several local highways before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Carroll N. Harris, inspector in charge of the Los Angeles Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, thanked law enforcement partners for helping to dismantle this criminal network and said USPIS is committed to protecting the integrity of the nation’s postal system and defend it from criminal attacks. activity.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information can contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.