Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

April 17, 2012
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Florida Attorney General Bondi Announces Sentencing of SUR-13 Gang Members in Palm Beach County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the sentencing of three members of the violent street gang known as SUR-13 to 150 years total in prison. The three men were part of a larger group of 14 gang members who were charged with two homicides, a drive-by shooting, armed robberies, retaliatory arson, aggravated battery and multiple theft and drug-related charges. The other defendants reached plea agreements with the state. One remains a fugitive. The Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted these gang members.

“These gang members terrorized Palm Beach County and the surrounding communities with shootings, robberies, arson, battery and drug-related crimes. Thanks to the efforts of our prosecutors and strong partnerships with law enforcement, these gang members are off of Florida’s streets and behind bars,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Jose Sanchez, 30, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering and possession of cocaine. Victor Castillo, 29, was sentenced to 45 years for Racketeering and Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering. Roberto Trejo, 22, was sentenced to 50 years for attempted second degree murder and three counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

The three were indicted by the Eighteenth Statewide Grand Jury as part of the state’s anti-gang strategy. They were arrested during one of the largest coordinated efforts in Florida to target gangs as an organized criminal enterprise.

Some of the agencies that collaborated on this effort include: the Office of Statewide Prosecution, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Attorney’s Office of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida Department of Corrections, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.