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MS-13 leader in the Northeastern U.S. busted on murder and drug charges: authorities

April 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 leader in the Northeastern U.S. busted on murder and drug charges: authorities

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An MS-13 leader of the Northeastern U.S. busted on murder and drug charges: authorities

The northeastern leader of the ultra-violent MS-13 gang was charged Thursday with ordering murders and smuggling significant quantities of heroin into the New York Tri-State area.

Miguel Angel Corea Diaz was the “regional director” for the infamous Salvadoran gang’s operations across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Sources revealed that Diaz led the so-called “Sailors” group out of Long Island, CBS2 New York reported.

Diaz, who is known by the nickname “The Reaper,” was escorted into Nassau County Court after he was arrested on Thursday night in Maryland.

The 35-year-old was among 17 high-ranking members who were indicted on a huge list of charges in January.

Gang members “had to get permission from [Diaz] to commit crimes,” such as murder, and determined whether victims “should be strangled, stabbed or shot,” prosecutors revealed in court.

MS-13 ‘Regional leader’ Miguel Angel Corea Diaz was detained by DEA agents

Sources added that Diaz — who has residences in Long Branch, New Jersey and Laurel, Maryland — also ordered killings in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Prince George’s County in Maryland, which were prevented by authorities.

Diaz, who reported to the head of MS-13 in El Salvador, reportedly trafficked 1,500 grams of heroin in the Bronx and Maryland and 1,000 grams in Texas.

He was busted via wiretap.

Diaz entered a not guilty plea to charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking at his arraignment.

MS-13 has devastated Long Island over the past ten years and is responsible for dozens of slayings across Suffolk and Nassau counties.

He is facing life in prison.

The fast-growing group— whose motto is is “mata, viola, controla” — or “kill, rape, control” — has been difficult to combat, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared a crackdown last year, warning, “We are coming after you.”

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