High-Ranking MS-13 Gang Member Faces Federal Firearms Charges in Nashville


Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee this week unsealed a criminal complaint charging the leader of an MS-13 Gang with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

This, according to a press release that members of the U.S. Department of Justice published on their website.

“Sergio Alvarado, aka Sergio Ochoa, 27, of Nashville, was initially arrested on October 31 by Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officers after fleeing from officers following a shootout at Club Miami.  This incident began around 4:00 a.m. when a MNPD officer heard gunfire coming from the vicinity of the nightclub.  The officer proceeded toward the nightclub and upon arrival, heard a volley of gunshots and saw two cars speeding out of the parking lot.  The officer then found one individual in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound,” the press release said.

“Additional officers arrived on the scene and approached a car believed to be involved in the shooting.  As officers approached the car, they saw Alvarado running toward the back of the parking lot and toward several dumpsters.  Officers continued to pursue Alvarado and eventually found him in a wooded area and arrested him.  After tracing the flight path taken by Alvarado, officers recovered a 9mm pistol and a .380 caliber pistol near the dumpsters.  Alvarado was later released on bond.  On Thursday, Alvarado was arrested on the federal firearms charge.”

A detention motion that government officials filed Friday said Alvarado leads the local MS-13 clique – Thompson Place Locos Salvatrucha, and he has returned to distributing controlled substances.

“This gang is a violent, international street gang that operates in Middle Tennessee and elsewhere,” the press release said.

“The motion also asserts that Alvarado has a substantial criminal history, including several drug trafficking and firearm offenses and is currently on supervised release from a 2017 case in which he received a 30-month sentence for drug trafficking and firearm offenses; and that he has further violated the terms of his release by associating with a known felon, Michael Mosely, at the Dogwood Bar in Nashville, moments before Mosely stabbed two individuals to death on December 21, 2019.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]

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2 Thoughts to “High-Ranking MS-13 Gang Member Faces Federal Firearms Charges in Nashville”

  1. Steven Mason

    just wonder why isn’t he deported already? or at least locked up. We need to deal harshly with these types.

  2. Kevin

    I’m impressed that the Metro PD is still doing it’s job. Thank you! What I can’t understand is how we allow a violent MS-13 gang member out on bond and back onto the street? Is that judge freaking nuts? I wonder what the odds are that he shows up for his trial! What’s going to prevent this cockroach from simply blending back into that part of society and culture that accepts and allows MS-13 to operate freely?

    And if his bond wasn’t at least $2 million dollars, we have a serious problem here! Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond, the kid involved in the self defense shooting in Kenosha, was set at $2 million dollars.