Fugitive accused of being pimp for Houston gang brothels in federal custody
Houston
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   VIDEO: Cops Destroy Would-Be Cop Killer Attempting Ambush Behind Tinted Glass
ߦ   VIDEO: Off-Duty Female Officer Smokes Robber In Front Of School - What We Know
ߦ   VIDEO: Three Angles from a Deadly OIS
ߦ   A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers
ߦ   Bicyclist dies after being struck by SAPD patrol car Friday night on the South Side
ߦ   Coast Guard medevacs injured mariner near Rockport, Texas
ߦ   Guilty Conviction In Murder Case Sparks Florida Courtroom Brawl
ߦ   Information Needed in Homicide Investigation
ߦ   Man charged with murder after running over another man with vehicle
ߦ   New law: Kansas cops can't have sex during traffic stops
ߦ   Prison writing program allows inmates to find their voices
ߦ   Texas man with 3 DWI convictions charged in death of woman
ߦ   The Fifty Club of Galveston County - Annual Awards
ߦ   Area Crime Alert - Jamaica Beach, Texas
ߦ   Call for Police 3300 Block of Fairmount Street
ߦ   Coast Guard medevacs injured crew member near Freeport, Texas
ߦ   Cutting7550 South Westmoreland Road
ߦ   Four Troopers Hurt In Explosion, Fifth Shot During Gun Battle
ߦ   Homicide at 8003 Rothington Road
ߦ   Investigation into Shooting at 17100 Quail Park Drive
ߦ   One Day After Order, Crypto-Miner Says It Has Stopped Sales in U.S.
ߦ   Pimps Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Three Minor Victims
ߦ   Proposed Regulations and Transactions
ߦ   Schedule: National Police Week
ߦ   Serial Killer May Have Served Lover's Remains At Barbecue
ߦ   Summer safety a must around pools, rivers
ߦ   Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 17800 Space Center Boulevard
ߦ   Austin City Council might ban resale of police officers’ guns
ߦ   Baytown Resident Heads to Prison for Multiple Child Pornography Crimes
ߦ   Body cams for law enforcement to get a boost from AI
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Business Office Fire in Southeast Houston
ߦ   Convicted Felon Sent to Prison on Firearms Charge

 
Search Archives:

After months of evading arrest, an alleged leader in an international gang-run brothel operation was arraigned in Houston federal court Thursday following a dramatic arrest this week in Mexico.

William Alberto Lopez, 28, of Houston, was indicted by a federal grand jury in November, along with two dozen others, on allegations he was a pimp and enforcer for a brothel linked to members of  the Southwest Cholos gang in Gulfton. The Bellaire-area group specialized in recruiting undocumented women and compelling them through violence to work as prostitutes, and tracked them down even after they fled across borders to get away from the underground sex business, authorities allege.

RELATED: Feds: Gang brothel enslaved women in Gulfton

Officials said Lopez assumed a false identity using fraudulent Mexican identification and became combative as Mexican authorities attempted to detain him Wednesday in Mexico. According to court documents, he repeatedly stated that he refused to return to the United States.

PHOENIX (AP) - A hearing is scheduled Thursday over whether a founder of the classified advertising site Backpage.com should be released from jail on charges of facilitating prostitution and money laundering. The detention hearing for James Larkin

Media: Fox10Phoenix

Lopez waived his right to a bail hearing Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy. He is set for trial along with the other defendants on Oct. 9. He faces 22 criminal charges including conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking through force, threats, fraud and coercion, transporting people across borders to engage in prostitution

A prosecutor told a federal judge at a detention hearing last fall that Lopez, a Houston native, was one of five sons helping their mother, co-defendant Maria Angelica "Patty" Moreno-Reyna, run the brothel for eight years in a southwest Houston apartment complex. But Lopez was also in charge of what Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Goldman called a "farm team" brothel in Cancun, Mexico, where women were trained before being illegally shuttled across the U.S. border and up to Houston to work at the gang's main brothel at a modest apartment complex.

Lopez was among the most ruthless in his treatment of the women who worked at the brothel, witnesses said.

Gabrielle Banks covers federal court for the Houston Chronicle. Follow her on Twitter and send her email at gabrielle.banks@chron.com.

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.