MS-13 Gang Members Indicted in Machete Killing of Long Island Boy

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says the seven-month investigation included police departments in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Texas, where numerous arrests were made.

There has been a large-scale arrest involving alleged MS-13 gang members after the bodies of three murder victims were found on Long Island last October.

Two Long Island-based cliques - called "Hollywood" and "Sailors" - reported directly to MS-13 leaders in El Salvador and sent them the proceeds of their illicit activities. It reportedly began as a narcotics trafficking investigation and went worldwide, and officials say gang members all over the world were taken down, including in places like Cuba, Korea, France and Egypt "This massive multi-agency investigation laid bare the global size, complexity, and brutality of MS-13, and these indictments strike a heavy blow to the gang's operations on Long Island", Singas said. "These alleged gang members have terrorized vulnerable immigrant communities [and] trafficked deadly heroin into our neighborhoods, and this coalition of more than 22 agencies nationwide will continue to be unrelenting in our efforts to dismantle MS-13".

Federal prosecutors believe MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, has thousands of members across the USA, mostly Central American immigrants. The gang originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s, though it's now led from Central America. Soler's remains were one of three sets found close to each other over the course of nine days.

Other indicted gang members include David Sosa Guevara and Victor Lopez, who allegedly murdered 15-year-old Angel Soler on July 21, 2017.

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Authorities said Soler was brutally attacked by multiple people and his injuries appeared to be from a machete.

During the investigation, authorities say MS-13 members in the USA and in El Salvador were making calls to fellow gang members in Mexico, Australia, France, Korea and Egypt to name a few.

According to James Hunt, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's special agent in charge, those arrested included the highest-level MS-13 leader in the Northeast, though officials had not identified him as of late Thursday afternoon.

The 17 defendants face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the top charges, prosecutors said.

The grand jury indictment alleges crimes committed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Texas.

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