MS-13 on the Run?
I seriously doubt it. Taking a couple of thugs out of action is a good thing but won’t destroy the gang. Taking away their reason for being an organization - i.e. their ability to make money - will kill MS-13 and every other gang. How do you do that? Hell, I don’t know.
A federal grand jury in Charlotte has indicted 26 reputed members of an international gang accused in a cross-border drug ring.
One of the men was previously charged with killing two people in a Greensboro restaurant. Greensboro police also helped arrest another man named in the indictment.
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey unsealed the federal indictment Tuesday that charges members of the MS-13 gang with federal racketeering for forming a drug trafficking ring that sold cocaine, marijuana and narcotics, and of committing multiple robberies. Three of the men indicted face charges for four murders in Greensboro and Charlotte.
Federal authorities said MS-13 is one of the largest gangs in the nation with 10,000 members in the U.S., Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Investigators said one of the gang’s leaders is imprisoned in El Salvador.
The indictment says gang members hold regular meetings much like a government, discussing gang rules, problems and unity. The cliques met frequently in Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham and Columbia, S.C. and elsewhere, and the meetings often brought in gang guests from other states, according to court documents.
Criminal activity, especially directed at rival gangs, increased a member’s position in the gang, according to the indictment.
Many of the leaders — often called “shot callers” or “voices” — are in prison in El Salvador, the indictment said. But prosecutors claim gang members paid dues at their meetings and often sent cash to those in prison, at times wiring money at the request of a leader.
And were these guys here legally? Evidently most were not. Surprising. I thought they were here doing jobs Americans won’t do. Well, I guess murder and narcotics distribution would be a couple of jobs Americans won’t do.
“Criminal gangs such as MS-13 increasingly recognize no borders, which means that international cooperation is more important today than it ever was before,” Mukasey said, thanking the government of El Salvador for its role in the bust.
“Thankfully, that collaboration is on full display in our relationship with the government of El Salvador,” he said.
MS-13 is an extremely violent gang that originated in El Salvador and operates there and in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and throughout the United States, Mukasey said.
“Today’s indictment is merely the latest sign of the gang’s reach, and it shows the breadth and seriousness of the crimes that MS-13 members are alleged to have committed,” he said.
Many of the defendants were in the United States illegally, and two were additionally charged with re-entering the country unlawfully after having been deported, the DOJ statement said.
Wonderful people. Even though these raids won’t completely kill off these types of organizations it will put them on the defense a little bit.