US News A leader of the MS-13 gang indicted for terrorism in the United States, a first

07:05  16 july  2020
07:05  16 july  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The American justice announced Wednesday the indictment of a leader of the gang MS-13 using for the first time charges of terrorism to fight the criminal organization of Hispanic origin feared for its violence.

Salvadorian Armando Eliu Melgar Diaz is accused of having provided material support to terrorists, instigated terrorist acts in the United States and financed narco-trafficking.

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An indictment unsealed in Virginia against Melgar Diaz marked the first time the Justice Department has brought terrorism charges against a member of MS - 13 . Also known as Mara Salvatrucha , MS - 13 is considered one of the top transnational organized crime threats in the United States .

Federal authorities announced terrorism charges Wednesday against a leader of MS - 13 , continuing a nationwide crackdown against a notorious street gang that Also known as Mara Salvatrucha , MS - 13 is considered one of the top transnational organized crime threats in the United States .

According to the indictment filed in the court in Alexandria, Virginia, he led from El Salvador the activities of the MS-13 on the east coast of the United States by having ordered or approved numerous murders, supervised trafficking drugs and collected money from around 20 groups in the region.

Armando Eliu Melgar Diaz lived illegally in the United States from 2003 to 2016 before being returned to El Salvador. He then became the main coordinator of the group's activities on the US East Coast. He is currently in detention in El Salvador on charges of drug trafficking and murder.

Origin in the 1980s

The ministry did not specify why it had decided to use these terrorist charges, while noting that the government of El Salvador had designated the MS-13 as a terrorist group.

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“As an MS - 13 gang leader , Esquivel allegedly used his authority to order a hit on a rival gang member. The MS - 13 ’s leadership is based in El Salvador and Honduras, but the gang has thousands of members across the United States , comprised primarily of immigrants from Central

The gang called MS - 13 , or Mara Salvatrucha , originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s, according to Deported individuals often maintain their ties to gangs in the United States , resulting in the MS - 13 is still active. In one high-profile case, 13 MS - 13 members were indicted in early March for seven

Created in the mid-1980s to protect the Hispanic minority from Los Angeles gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha has spread to ten states across the country.

Its members expelled to El Salvador have revived the organization there, as well as in Honduras and Guatemala, where it sows terror. President Donald Trump, a staunch opponent of illegal immigration, regularly claims that members of the MS-13 infiltrate caravans of Central American migrants trying to cross the country’s border to seek asylum.

Activity without borders

"The MS-13s are a violent transnational organization whose activities cross borders," said John Durham, head of the ministry’s special unit investigating the gang.

"The only way to beat the MS-13s is to treat them as an organization, focusing on the command structure and deploying all the power of the government against a common enemy," he added.

The ministry also announced the murder, drug trafficking and kidnapping charges of 21 suspected MS-13 members arrested in New York and Nevada in separate operations.

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