Mexican Mafia members to be sentenced this morning in drug case

Two defendants who pleaded guilty in a major narcotics case aimed at the Mexican Mafia’s grip on San Bernardino are set to be sentenced this morning in San Bernardino Superior Court.

We’ll have updates for you when the sentencing gets underway.

High-ranking Mexican Mafia members Salvador Hernandez, 43, and his brother Alfred Hernandez, 39, each pleaded guilty, under the terms of a plea bargain struck in April, to one count of attempted murder with a street gang enhancement.

Salvador Hernandez faces 10 years in state prison, and his brother faces nine years.

The case is connected to a narcotics sweep in December 2006 in San Bernardino which targeted a local drug ring that authorities said was overseen by the Mexican Mafia. More than 43 people were arrested in the sweep across the city.

Two other defendants in the case, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribal members Stacy Nunez-Barajas, 25, and her brother Erik Barajas, 35, will each get five years probation and some jail time when they are sentenced Nov. 6.

In April, Nunez-Barajas pleaded guilty to attempted murder with a street gang enhancement, transportation of a controlled substance for sale, and possession of drugs in the jail. Erick Barajas pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with a street gang enhancement.

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