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East Coast leader of MS-13 complains about jail conditions

August 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
East Coast leader of MS-13  complains about jail conditions

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A significant drug trafficker who goes by the nickname the “Reaper” — and is also accused of being a top-ranking leader of the ultra-violent MS-13 gang — told a judge that his time behind bars is unbearable and lamented about a lack of phone access and the “discrimination” he faces at a county jail in New York.

Miguel Angel Corea Diaz, 35, pleaded with state Supreme County Justice Patricia Harrington to help while he’s behind bars in Nassau County, claiming that he is “suffering.”

“Discrimination. They call me ‘El Chapo.’ Die, scary guy,” the East Coast leader of the infamous gang told the court on July 31st, noting that he has received “a lot of death threats” coming from the outside world.

Corea Diaz has been charged with three counts of working as a major drug trafficker and five counts of conspiracy. He entered a not guilty plea to the offenses in April, according to the New York Post.

The district attorney’s office said that Corea Diaz reported directly to the gang’s heads in El Salvador.

In front of the court, however, Corea Diaz portrayed himself as a loving father who misses his kid.

“I’m human. I have children. I’m not able to talk to them,” he stated. “It’s time that I speak to them because when I get deported, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to speak to them again.”

Corea Diaz remains in his cell for 23 hours a day and has limited phone access, his attorney, Scott Gross, told the judge, and also said, “The conditions have been unbearable.”

Replying to Corea Diaz’s pleas, Harrington said she had no control over where the jail keeps inmates but would look into providing him with more phone access.

Corea Diaz, originally from El Salvador, is facing 25 years to life behind bars if he’s found guilty. Plea negotiations with Corea Diaz are continuing, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Miriam Sholder said in an interview with Newsday. In June, the D.A.’s office offered Corea Diaz a plea bargain of seven to 21 years, but the man would have to waive his right to appeal.

Corea Diaz was identified in a January indictment that authorities claimed was a major hit to MS-13’s infrastructure.

MS-13 was launched by Central American immigrants, primarily from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has grown to include Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans.

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