New York’s Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced 17 alleged members and associates of MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, have been indicted by a grand jury in the US on murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking charges.
The gang is made up of machete-wielding “cliques”, with members reporting back to leaders in the central American nation of El Salvador.
“We uncovered a structured network of MS-13 operations in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, from within a Mississippi prison cell, and in countries around the globe including Mexico, Colombia, Korea, France, Australia, Peru, Egypt, Ecuador and Cuba,” Ms Singas said.
Two alleged MS-13 members, David “Risky” Guevara and Victor Lopez, are accused of brutally murdering 15-year-old Angel Soler last year in Nassau County.
The investigation also led to the arrest in El Salvador of a MS-13 kingpin charged with 17 horrific murders.