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Feds indict dozens of alleged MS-13 gang members on Long Island, New York

June 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds indict dozens of alleged MS-13 gang members on Long Island, New York

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New York’s Nassau County District Attorney said that more violent gang members of MS-13 have been taken off the street. Authorities have referred to this as a war that is being fought on the streets of Long Island among kids as young as 8-years-old.

The MS-13 gang’s weapon of choice is the machete.

“Their motive here is not profit but terror,” DA Madeleine Singas stated after announcing the indictments of 41 MS-13 members. They defendants are facing 85 charges, including attempted murder. The crimes were carried out during what prosecutors refer to as a four-year surge of violence.

“With these arrests, 41 of MS-13’s worst are facing serious charges — 35 faces up to 25 years to life,” Singas added.

The indictments were filed one day after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a task force that will use arrests and civil immigration powers to target gang members, Fox5 News reported.

Federal and local authorities said the alleged gang members are responsible for a quadruple homicide in Central Islip in April and the September murder of two teen girls from Brentwood.

Long Island officials said the gang has been tied to close to a dozen slayings in Suffolk County within the last year.

Officials said Long Island has the largest MS presence in the metro area. However, with the arrests of these 41 members, law enforcement officials believe that MS-13 members should be worried.

Many MS-13 gang members came to the U.S. without parents, leaving them vulnerable to gangs. Some were initiated as young as eight years old.

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