MS-13 gangster ‘Bomb’, 22, who was deported to Honduras but snuck back in and kidnapped teenager when he refused to join the gang, is jailed for 90 months on drug and firearm charges
- MS-13 gang member Franklin Pineda-Caceras was sentenced by a federal Tennessee court to 90 months in prison on Friday
- Pineda-Caceras was twice deported to Honduras in 2017 and 2018, but still managed to unlawfully cross the United States-Mexico border
- Following his 2018 return, the 22-year-old kidnapped a Nashville high school teen in January 2019 because he had refused to join the notorious gang
- He was taken into custody in July 2019 following a car crash; authorities searched the vehicle and discovered drugs, an AK-47 and ammunition
- He previously pleaded guilty to several immigration-related violations, including, Illegal reentry of a previously deported alien
- He was found guilty by a federal jury on February 9 for drug and firearm charges
An MS-13 gang member who was deported to Honduras and returned to the United States, only to kidnap a Tennessee teen who refused to join the notorious street gang, has been sentenced to 90 months in prison for drug and firearm charges, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
Franklin Pineda-Caceras, 22, was charged by a Nashville court in July 2019 for immigration violations, drug trafficking, and firearm after he had been deported to Honduras.
Pineda-Caceras, who is also known as ‘Bomba’ or ‘Bomb,’ initially pleaded guilty to illegal reentry of a previously deported alien; being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition; being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number; and possession of marijuana and cocaine with the intent to distribute.
But he then elected to take the firearm possession and in the furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and a federal jury found him guilty on February 9.
The Department of Justice said Pineda-Caceras unlawfully crosse the United States-Mexico border in January 2014 and was deported in June 2016.
At some point he returned to the U.S. and was arrested during the October 2017 police raid of a Nashville home where authorities recovered 41 grams of cocaine, more than 44 grams of marijuana, a cache of firearms and ammunition.
Pineda-Caceras was deported once again in October 2018 but managed to slip past the southwestern border in January 2019 and was arrested for kidnapping a Nashville high school teenager who objected to joining the gang.
Authorities nearly arrested in July 2019 when he drove off in his vehicle and crashed through a front yard, nearly running over his girlfriend, son and the woman’s mother.
Pineda-Caceras was finally apprehended in September 2019 after he was involved in an accident and suffered several injuries. Cops at the scene searched his car and found scales, baggies, packaged cocaine, a gun, whose serial number has been erased, an AK-47 and ammunition.
Authorities also found several cellphones and discovered that he had been involved in drug transactions hours before the crash.