NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In an investigation involving the MNPD Gang Unit, Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, aka Frijole, 31, an illegal alien and MS-13 gang member from El Salvador, was sentenced today in Nashville to 19 years in federal prison. At the completion of his sentence, Serrano-Ramirez will be deported from the United States.
Serrano-Ramirez was convicted by a federal jury in September 2018, of using physical force to tamper with a witness; being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm; illegally re-entering the United States after previously being deported; multiple counts of cocaine distribution; and multiple counts of other firearms violations.
According to evidence and testimony presented at trial, in July 2017, the activities of Serrano-Ramirez and other MS-13 Gang members were disrupting the normal operation and business of a local night club and this was brought to the attention of Serrano-Ramirez by an acquaintance, with a request to tone down their disruptive behavior. Serrano-Ramirez later invited the individual to his home in the Antioch area, where he subsequently assaulted him by pointing an assault rifle at him, strangling him with the rifle strap, spraying bleach into his eyes, and then attempting to suffocate him by placing a plastic bag over his head. Finally, while clamping the individual’s finger with a pair of pliers and holding an assault rifle on him, Serrano-Ramirez told the individual that if he told anyone about the assault that he would kill him and his mother.
Evidence introduced during the trial also included video of the assault which was captured on an in-home security system at Serrano-Ramirez’s house and videos of him packaging and selling cocaine from the residence. This video was discovered and seized during the subsequent execution of a search warrant. Also seized during this search were an AK-47 assault rifle, multiple rifle magazines, 582 rounds of ammunition, body armor, and small amounts of cocaine and marijuana.