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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, March 2, 2020

Nine Reputed Gang Members Charged with Weapons/Drug Offenses

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bennie Mims, DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Bell and Addison Chief of Police Bill Hayden announced that bond has been set for eight of nine members of the La Raza street gang for alleged illegal drug and weapons offenses. The other defendant, a juvenile, was released to parental custody. All nine defendants were taken into custody on Friday, February 28, with the adults appearing in bond court later that afternoon and Saturday morning. The juvenile appeared at his detention hearing this morning. The arrests are the culmination of a multi-agency effort begun last fall conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the DEA, the Addison Police Department and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Charged in the operation are:

  • Eli G. Resendez (aka: Balooga), 33 (d.o.b. 10/30/1986) of 105 Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale
  • Samuel Resendez (aka: Mini), 29 (d.o.b. 9/10/1990) of 105 Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale
  • Missael Resendez (aka: Twin), 23 (d.o.b. 6/17/1996) of 105 Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale
  • Ricardo Favela (aka: Joker), 41 (d.o.b. 1/30/1979) of 215 W. Roosevelt Road, Bensenville
  • Christopher J. Hernandez (aka: Knuckles), 24 (d.o.b. 2/4/1996) of 523 N. Neva Avenue, Addison
  • Nikko DePasquale, 26 (d.o.b. 8/7/1993) of 109 S. Iowa Avenue, Addison
  • Armando Carrasco Jr. (aka: Junior), 18 (d.o.b. 3/4/2001) of 548 N. Highview Avenue, Addison
  • Ryan Villanueva, 22 (d.o.b. 10/4/1997) of 521 Green Oaks Court S., Addison

The remaining juvenile defendant was released to parental custody with a next scheduled court appearance for March 16, in front of Judge Brian Jacobs.

            On Friday, February 28, at 6:00 a.m., officials from the four agencies, working in teams, began their operations in locating and apprehending the above-named defendants. By 7:00 a.m., the first of the defendants was located and arrested. Throughout the morning authorities continued their search. By noon, the final defendant, Favela was located and arrested. In total, the State filed fourteen Felony drugs and weapons charges and six Misdemeanor charges.  

            “Gang activity continues to be a problem throughout the region, but with coordinated efforts between multiple law enforcement agencies such as this, we will continue making progress in ridding our communities of dangerous individuals as alleged in this case” Berlin said. I would like to thank the Addison Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their outstanding work and countless hours the past several months. Their professionalism and dedication to the safety and well-being of the residents of DuPage County is evident by the amount of time and resources dedicated to this operation. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Joe Lindt for their tremendous amount of work he has put into this effort to ensure its success.”

            “ATF is an agency dedicated to protecting communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations,” Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bennie Mims said. “To achieve this, we collaborate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to identify and target those who drive violence in our communities. This operation is a great example of how those working relationships can help stem the flow of criminal activity in our communities.”

            “DEA is committed to targeting violent criminal organizations that poison our communities with a variety of drugs,” Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Bell said. “DEA will continue to aggressively bring all resources to bear in cooperation with law enforcement partners and prosecutors against these types of criminal groups. This prosecution is the result of working closely with our partners to bring violent drug distributors to justice.”

            Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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