SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Yesterday, a federal grand jury issued a fourth superseding indictment charging Luis Carmona-Bernacet, Yadiel Serrano-Canales, Rolando Rivera-Solis, Alex Burgos-Amaro, Alan Lugo-Montalvo, and Fabiany Almestica-Monge with being members of an enterprise engaged in murder and drug trafficking. Moreover, Carmona-Bernacet, Serrano-Canales, Rivera-Solis, and Burgos-Amaro are now charged with committing murder in aid of that enterprise. Among these murders is that of Maurice Spagnoletti, who was killed on June 15, 2011, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.
The defendants were previously charged with committing murder in furtherance of drug trafficking. The new superseding indictment charges the defendants with murdering in aid of an enterprise engaged in drug trafficking and murder.
If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison. Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Alberto López-Rocafort, Chief of the Gangs Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly Zenón and Victor O. Acevedo-Hernández oversee the prosecution of the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated during the investigation.