A man from El Salvador was sentenced to 90 months, or 7.5 years, in prison for racketeering charges related to his involvement in a gang called MS-13.
Jeffrey Rodriguez, aka Jefry Francisco Portillo Corvera, or “Hyper,” 22, has been illegally living in Hyattsville, Maryland and will have three years of supervised release after he serves his time in prison.
MS-13 is a gang comprised of mostly immigrants, or decedents of immigrants, from El Salvador. There are members in Maryland including Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and Frederick County, and across the county.
According to his plea agreement, Rodriguez admitted to being a member of the gang in August 2016 when he and another member planned and conspired to rob two people of a pound of marijuana. During the robbery, Rodriguez and a co-conspirator were armed with a gun and knife. When trying to rob the victims a fight broke out, injuring both the victims, as well as Rodriguez and his co-conspirator.
Rodriguez was shot and taken to the hospital by another MS-13 member.