The Justice Department announced Wednesday that a law enforcement task force has taken out MS-13 leadership in Los Angeles.
The task force, which included state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies, arrested 21 members and associates of MS-13 Wednesday. The DOJ has brought RICO charges against 44 individuals in LA.
“This case has targeted the leadership and most violent actors of the MS-13 street gang in Los Angeles, as well as MS-13’s links to the Mexican Mafia,” Deirdre Fike, the assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said in a statement. “This operation will have a significant impact on this violent gang and their overall ability to maintain control over law-abiding citizens.”
The 127-page indictment revealed that there are over ten thousand MS-13 members in the US, and that the LA gang is of particular importance. “MS-13 members in Los Angeles are sometimes called upon to provide input in other parts of the country,” the indictment said. DailyCaller
Three El Salvadorean MS-13 gang members have been arrested in Long Island for the brutal rape of a 16-year-old. MS-13 gang members were part of the invasion of illegal immigrants last year.
“This is one of the most brutal, heinous crimes that I have seen in a long, long time,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said at a news conference following the suspects’ arraignments. “This poor young woman is so lucky that, quite frankly, that she is alive. These are vicious young men, vicious young men and what they did to her was absolutely terrible.” NBCNewsNewYork
Arrested were Jose Cornejo (18), Larios (17), Joel Escobar(17), all of Brentwood. Escobar was charged in April with robbing and beating a man. All three are from El Salvador and are MS-13 gang members. All three are being charged as adults.
The MS-13 (Mara Salvatruche) gang’s formation is traced back to Salvadoran immigrants to Los Angeles in the 1980s after the Central American civil wars. 13 had guerilla warfare experience and training making them the most ruthless, sophisticated, and violent street gang.
The gang, with its ties to Central American, is involved in gun smuggling. This gang’s assaults and murders using a machete to hack a victim to death or shoot a victim in the head in broad daylight. The gang is allied with several of Mexico’s drug cartels and is active in
throughout Central America.
The MS-13 gang is heavily involved in criminal activity: drug sales, robberies, home-invasions, gun smuggling, murder, rape, prostitution, car-jackings, human smuggling, extortion…
Police in Suitland, Maryland arrested six illegal immigrants, several are MS-13 gang members, for the suspected killing of Amos Jones a homeless man. The news video mentions the fact that the six murder suspects arrested are illegal immigrants. They range in age from 17 to 23.
Prince George’s County police are reporting that Amos Jones, the man stabbed to death in Suitland early Tuesday morning, was murdered by MS-13 gang members.
Police told ABC7 News Wednesday that six people have been arrested for Jones’ death, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13.
Police said it appears that Jones, a homeless man, was hanging around outside a liquor store in the 4600 block of Huron Avenue when he made some remarks to a 17-year-old girl whom police believe is a gang member.
The woman reportedly left the scene and then returned with several others, who then proceeded to attack Jones and fatally stab him several times.
Jones’ body was discovered around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.