Bosco Enriquez snitched on Miami's Latin gangs; then cops abandoned him to rape and deportation

Read Part 3 of Bosco Enriquez's saga.

A few days later, Serralta met Bosco at a Texaco station and planted a transmitter in his pants. ("That way, they wouldn't find it if you were forced to take your shirt off," he says). He sent him, with $150, to make a buy. Agents from both the FBI and FDLE watched as Enriquez paid $130 for 6.5 grams.

When Enriquez left, he returned to the Texaco, where agents took the cocaine and the microphone, court records show.

Villanueva got off easy after Bosco refused to testify. "I told them I wouldn't talk in court," he says. "That could have gotten my family and me killed."

Another arrest that did stick was that of Leonardo Davinci Gage, who, police would later disclose, ran the INP operation in all of South Florida. Like Villanueva, he had a record replete with aggravated assault and armed robbery convictions. In one 1992 case, he had hit a victim with a bat and stolen a bike and jewelry. Later, he was nailed as part of a massive carjacking ring.

On February 28, 1996, Enriquez paid $200 to Gage, who was sitting in a red Buick Regal at SW 137th Avenue and 56th Street. As police looked on, Gage handed over the drugs, then told his 15-year-old customer he would "do better" next time.

"I was terrified," Enriquez says now. "This was a violent guy and I was a 15-year-old kid."

Police intelligence reports from that purchase show they lost sight of Enriquez for some time. The boy recalls taking several rocks and inserting them into his sock. Later, he turned over just a portion of the drugs to Serralta, keeping some for himself. "I put the rocks in a cigarette and I smoked them," he recalls. "Then I got hooked."

Gage was sentenced to 47 days and had to pay $451 in court fees. That set him up, though, for a bigger bust to come.

On August 28, 1997, cops fanned out across Dade County and concluded "Operation Pitbull." They arrested 16 members of the INP including Gage and Chi Chi Villanueva. Charges ranged from soliciting murder to armed carjacking and drug sales. "No longer are these individuals on our streets, terrorizing and abusing our law-abiding citizens," crowed then-Mayor Alex Penelas. It was the third gang sweep in three months in South Florida, and effectively ended an era. It couldn't have happened without Enriquez help.

In his deposition, Serralta said his 15-year-old snitch had worked 20 to 30 cases, approximately 18 of them INP-related. He had received about $150 total, but mostly did it for "self-satisfaction... He's always given me reliable information and I do mean always. He's the only informant who has given me reliable information every time."

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eriksucks
eriksucks

LOL  these so called idiots that he locked up are not in jail anymore. I know them personally and the have been out for years. What a waste of time. 

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alyssa
alyssa

Wow..I used to hang out with everyone.even almost married one.I knew bosco...had no idea all this happened..a lot of them snitched and walked away from what they called family.

diary
diary

Alot of us at that age were in bosco shoes. some of us had to deal with the gang world because it was all over the place. I remember where you couldn't wear a certain color without bring asked "what you representing".. Seriously it was out of hand and glad to know that some of us have left the life and made a better life. Im sorry to hear bosco had to go through such horrific shit like this... My heart goes out to him.. I hope he knows that he got still friends in Miami that care for him and still have respect... Much love

diary
diary

I grew with bosco we were all in the same crew. Never in a million year would I have thought this to had happened to him. My heart goes out to him and his family to have to endure such pain. Much love bosco

nonhypocrite
nonhypocrite

Again the newtimes is very biased and is used by an illegal immigrant criminal to get attention to his deportation wheres the real journalism this is opinion not factual

Cubankat
Cubankat

I feel that detective Serralta if you want you can call him that, not much of a detective when the snitch does all your work!!!!!!!!!!!! Should be fired demoted to a parking ticket officer or arrested.

Hcamner
Hcamner

If the United States was a human body, Miami would be the rectum.

Lablue912
Lablue912

I personally know Bosco & he is genuinely a good person. How dumb & volnerable everyone is at that age??? It should be illegal for police to USE any one under age!!! So sad he got deported for trying to do the right thing....

john doe
john doe

This guy risked his life to help get those animals in jail and this is how miami PD repays him!? we support you buddy 100%

Miller
Miller

Dam!!!!!! I grew up wit thIs nigga. Never thought this nigga was a snitch. What goes around comes around bitch!!!!!!. R.I.P. I feel sorry 4 he's lil brother Oscar.

Leah
Leah

I dont consider him to be a bitch when is is clearly doing the right thing and getting those asswipes off the streets!!! we need more people like him! get all those stupid, no good gang members in jail!! each and everyone of them!!! clean the trash up from the streets!

Miller
Miller

Leah ur right about getting these idiots!!!! Off the streets.But u don't really kno this guy.this story is all a lie just to get back to the U.S.A

Micheal
Micheal

will do ,i dont like them either!

Jmartinezbroker
Jmartinezbroker

Tell Bosco, Jose says what's up and his lakers suck!

Micheal
Micheal

you are a fool "MILLER" who just doesnt like him because these arent lies , the editor of the magazine has hundreds of affidavits to prove what he did you retard im still close to him and speak to him daily now why dont you tell me you name i live in miami maybe we can "talk"about this in person! ithis guy always had my back since i was a git he was forced to snitch he was 14!!!!!!!! what were u doing at 14 playing nintendo? your a clown you should be thankfull you have guys that arent scared of anything like Bosco,you on the other hand are a punk and if you tell me who you are ill prove it!

 
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