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MS-13 gang growing extremely dangerous, FBI says
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
Fri Jan 6, 7:56 AM ET


In early November, the FBI and Houston police learned that six suspected members of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent Central American gang known as MS-13, were raiding a house on Liberty Street where a rival gang had stashed drugs.

MS-13 - the focus of a nationwide crackdown by FBI and federal immigration agents - has become known in recent years for home invasion robberies, drug dealing and machete attacks on its enemies. But what happened in Houston on Nov. 2, FBI and Houston police officials say, has heightened concerns that MS-13 could be far more dangerous than thought.


The MS-13



suspects swept through the house like a well-trained
assault team, using paramilitary tactics including perimeter lookouts, high-powered weaponry (an AK-47 rifle was among the weapons recovered later), and a quick, room-by-room sweep of the house that was notable for its precision and sophistication, Houston police spokesman Alvin Wright says.


When the MS-13 suspects were challenged by authorities, the result was an intense shootout that killed two suspects, identified as Juan Antonio Bautista, 29, and Jose Antonio Pino, 33. The four others were arrested and face an array of state charges, including robbery and assault.


Bob Clifford, who directs the FBI unit created last year to combat MS-13, says the battle symbolized MS-13's development from a smattering of loosely organized cells across the nation to an increasingly efficient and dangerous organization that has become a significant threat to public safety.


"Our worst suspicions about MS-13 have been c
onfi
rmed
&quo
t; by the Houston shooting and other recent gang-related incidents
, Clifford says.


From low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles, MS-13 has spread throughout the USA, largely following the migration patterns of immigrants from El Salvador and other Central American nations. With a membership that the FBI estimates could be as high as 10,000, MS-13 is most active in Los Angeles, the Mid-Atlantic, Rhode Island and Connecticut.


Routes for trafficking


Clifford says the group also has formed commerce routes across the nation for drug-trafficking operations that often include "theft crews" who steal over-the-counter cough and cold medicines from drugstores. Such medicines, which can be abused or used to make other drugs, are then sold to help finance MS-13 units, Clifford says.



In recent years, MS-13's reputation as a particularly brutal gang was cemented by a series of incidents, several of them in Northern Virginia. In one,
a former
MS-13 m
ember wh
o had become a police informant was fatally stabbed and her head almost severed. In another,
MS-13 members used a machete to cut off several fingers of a rival gang member.


The Houston shootout, however, raised questions about whether the gang - whose original members in Los Angeles included people with paramilitary training who fled the civil war in El Salvador during the 1980s - is evolving into an organization that is in their image.


The Houston incident sparked an FBI investigation that has reached into El Salvador to try to determine whether MS-13 members are receiving formal training in weapons and military tactics before they come to the USA - often as illegal immigrants.


Raids of suspected MS-13 safe houses in Central America, Mexico and the USA by federal and international law enforcement officials resulted in more than 600 arrests and the discovery of gang "constitutions," the FBI said.


The documents, most of
them crudely
handwritten
codes of co
nduct, listed a range of punishments - from death to severe beatings - for transgressions against the gang. The s
eizures marked the first time that such organizational records had been recovered in this country.


Federal agents and local police say that recent arrests of MS-13 members have shed light on how the gang is raising money in the USA.


Stealing from drugstores


Three months ago in Madison, Wis., local police and FBI investigators arrested three suspected MS-13 members who allegedly were involved in stealing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of over-the-counter medicines from 22 Walgreens drugstores throughout the Midwest.


Madison detectives and FBI investigators later determined that the medicines were being transported to a warehouse in Louisville to be resold.

"We had not seen evidence of their presence here before (the arrests) or since," says Mike Hanson, spokesman for the Madison Pol
ice Department.
"Our unders
tanding is they
were passing through here. They knew the number of Walgreens stores and were familiar with the routes in and out of town."

In several cases, Han
son says, the suspects used a special bag that blocked the drugstores' electronic sensors from detecting items that were being stolen from the stores.

"The suspects researched Walgreens throughout the Midwest and on a routine basis averaged $45,000 to $55,000 worth of stolen merchandise per day," Hanson says.

Clifford says "it would be dangerous to look at MS-13 as just another street gang."
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Tennessee Gang Threat: MS-13 Recruiting, Victimizing Hispanics

Tennessee Gang Threat: MS-13 Recruiting, Victimizing Hispanics

Knoxville (WVLT) - They call themselves members of Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13 for short, and their reputation precedes them.

A record of violence so brutal, so long, that some federal agencies consider MS-13, the most serious gang threat our country faces.



Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd been asking whether a major indictment in Nashville, could be signs of trouble here.

Apparently, not yet.

MS-13's roots are in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, but federal agents say it's spread, as Hispanic immigrants have spread.

"MS swept into Nashville, like a pack of jackals, and they left a group of bloody victims in their wake," says ATF Agent Jim Cavanaugh.

Prosecutors and Federal Agents allege the body count began almost a year ago. A man shot and killed outside a bar in Madison, Tennessee.

Roughly six months later, two men shot dead in their car.

Thirteen men now stand accused of planning those murders and 7 more, their alleged gang ties, considered a criminal conspiracy.

"Their victims were mostly Latrino, they preyed on other Latrino citizens," says US Attorney Craig Morford.

"Point though, law enforcement will find a reference to 13 with a gang member, and will believe its MS 13, when in fact, its other gangs that use the number 13," explains Special Agent Mike MacLean, from the FBI Violent Crime/Criminal Enterprise Squad.

The Knoxville FBI's Gang Specialist says there's no doubt MS-13 has infiltrated Middle Tennessee, but East Tennessee may be more a victim of wannabes.

"We've had cases where they were just talking, they were Hispanic males who knew, just with the reputation of MS, no one was gonna screw with them," Special Agent MacLean says.

The threat of MS-13's, or any Hispanic gang, Special Agent Mike MacLeans says, grows as the recruiting pool grows, that is, where the jobs, and money go.

"Where we see heavy Hispanic gang activity here, we see quite a bit in Lenior City, heavy into construction right now, the potential is there," Special Agent MacLean. "We take every one of those sightings incredibly seriously."

Knoxville FBI agents meet monthly with police and sheriff's departments, to track reports of gang trouble.

TBI says it's found nothing to tie MS-13 to the murder of a Highway Patrolman in West Tennessee this past weekend.

No question, MS-13 has its own mystique and mythology.

Internet reports claim it has as many as 50,000 members. More than four times FBI estimates.
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MS-13 suspect snared


By MIKE GLENN
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A suspected member of the violent MS-13 gang evaded capture for several months after a shootout last year with police and the FBI in Houston, crossing into his native Honduras where authorities accused him of the Christmas Day decapitations of his former in-laws.

On Tuesday, Albin Adalin Zelaya-Zelaya, 26, was being held on assault and immigration charges in the Harris County Jail after he and five others were arrested early Saturday at an apartment in the 10100 block of S. Gessner.

Also taken into custody were Zelaya-Zelaya's brother, Pablo Romero, 31; Miguel Estrada, 21; Johnny Fernandez, 27; Marlin Turcios, 20; and Marcos Caldron, 24.

They were charged with evading arrest and also face federal immigration charges, police said.

Zelaya-Zelaya, also known as Flaco, had taken part in the Sept. 22 attempted holdup of illegal immigrants at a motel in the 8900 block of the Gulf Freeway, investigators said.

"They never actually got to rob them," said Shauna Dunlap, with the Houston FBI office. "We prevented the robberies before they could take place."

One FBI agent was wounded in the shootout.

Although five people were taken into custody after the botched holdup, Zelaya-Zelaya managed to escape.

"He knew that we were looking for him. He went back to Honduras," said Capt. Mike Graham, with the Houston Police Department's gang unit.

Zelaya-Zelaya surfaced on Christmas Day in Honduras, where authorities there accused him and Romero in the double slaying of Eleazar and Suyapa Vasquez.

Investigators said they thought it would only be a matter of time before Zelaya-Zelaya eventually made his way back to Houston after the killings. "But we just didn't know when," Graham said.

Zelaya-Zelaya was sent back to Honduras in late January 2006 but managed to make at least two other successful crossings of the border before his arrest Saturday.

"We did deport him when we identified that he was an illegal alien," said Luisa Deason, with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Police say Zelaya-Zelaya's group may be responsible for a string of local crimes, including at least four kidnapping cases that targeted illegal immigrants or their smugglers.

The victims are often hesitant to come forward, officials said.

"These types of criminals prey on individuals that they know will not go to law enforcement," Dunlap said. "They are kidnapping and robbing illegal aliens, holding them for ransom."

FBI officials declined to comment Tuesday on specifics of the kidnapping cases, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to Interpol, Zelaya-Zelaya also is wanted for questioning about a December 2004 attack on a bus in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, that killed 37 people, authorities said.

But "he's not officially been named a suspect," Dunlap said.

It wasn't known Tuesday whether government officials in Honduras will seek an immediate extradition of Zelaya-Zelaya or his brother. Officials with the Honduran Consulate in Houston could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

"We are still working with (the Honduran authorities) to determine the protocol on what exactly will happen with these individuals," Dunlap said.

Though MS-13 operates in several major cities throughout the country, HPD officials said they are loosely organized and transient.

"They may be here for a month or two then they may scoot off to another city here in the U.S., or they may go back home," Graham said.

Zelaya-Zelaya is being held without bail.
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Albin Adalin Zalaya-Zelaya

Suspected MS-13 Gang Leader Arrested

A suspected MS-13 gang leader wanted in connection with multiple violent crimes was arrested in Houston, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.

Zalaya-Zelaya was wanted in Texas in connection with a burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault. He was also wanted by federal officials for re-entering the United States illegally. He was deported in January 2006.
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Police targeting urban marauders

Ultra-violent MS-13 gangs now present in 3,500 U.S. cities

by Jerome R. Corsi

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – The ultra-violent street gang MS-13, causing mayhem in cities and suburbs across the United States, is the focus of an international conference here co-sponsored by the FBI and the national police force in this Central American nation that served as the birthplace of the urban marauders.

In the opening session of the Gang Enforcement Conference (Tercera Conferencia Antipandillas), El Salvador President Antonio Saca said the problem is one that should concern many nations.

"Gangs like MS-13 have evolved into coordinated and well-financed criminal organizations," he said, making them an international problem.

"The immigration that we have experienced in the region, into Mexico and the
United States is a theme we have to understand," Saca explained. "The same activity of the criminal gangs we experience here in this region is now being experienced in the United States. The territorial expansion of these criminal organizations is the principle menace we are facing from gangs like MS-13."

The conference, which started yesterday, is sponsored by the Policia National Civil (National Civil Police) in El Salvador and co-sponsored by the FBI's MS-13 Task Force, headed by Brian Truchon in Washington.

A select group of U.S. and international law enforcement officers, including representatives from Mexico and Latin America, is working on how to respond to the El Salvador-grown MS-13 gang (Mara Salvatrucha Gang), the tattooed drug-dealing criminals haunting the nightmares of FBI agents across the U.S.

WND reported as early as 1995 the gang reportedly was meeting with representatives of al-Qaida and smuggling operatives into the United States from Mexico.

Attorney James Tr
usty recently told a court in a case reported by the Washington Post that three leaders participated in or planned four murders over a span of only two years. Trusty told the court MS-13 gang members follow the "rape, kill and control" philosophy," using guns, knives and machetes.

Robert Loosle, FBI special agent in charge in Los Angeles, told WND that a key focus of the conference is to make sure "everybody is on the same page" both within the U.S. and internationally in dealing with the growing problem of Hispanic gangs in the United States.

"With Hispanic gangs, we are facing an international law enforcement challenge," Loosle explained. "Gangs like MS-13 may cause a problem locally in the U.S. communities where the gang operates. But the gang has ties and connections back to El Salvador, as well as to other Latin American countries."

Frank Flores of the Los Angeles Police Department told the convention that MS-13 today is recruiting members not just from El Salvador, but fro
m the Hispanic community at large and even from Los Angeles' African-American community.


Flores told the group that the Mexican Mafia controls the Hispanic groups in California from within the state prisons.

"Gangs like MS-13 or the 18th Street Gang have a history that goes back into the 1980s," Flores explained. "The Mexican Mafia is organized as a crime hierarchy, along the model of the Sicilian Mafia. The big money business for the Hispanic gangs still is drugs. All through Los Angeles any gang or gang member who wants to deal drugs is going to have to pay 'rent' to EME [the Mexican Mafia], or else they are out of business and most likely dead."

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is planning to visit President Saca during his nine-day swing through El Salvador and Mexico planned in early May, and Loosle told WND that he was planning to remain in El Salvador after the conference in order to prepare for Villaraigosa’s meeting with Saca.

"Los Angeles and San Sal
vador are sister cities," Loosle said. "We want to make sure our FBI gang task force and Mexico's Policia National Civil exchange information and work together on a continuing basis."

"We also want to set up an officer exchange program," Loosle continued, "where LAPD officers can be assigned to work in El Salvador to gain experience and at the same time we can invite officers from El Salvador's national police to work with us in LA."

An important theme in the first day of the conference was that "if it's happening in LA, it's probably also happening here in El Salvador."

"In the world of Hispanic gangs," Jose Chavez of the LAPD told the conference, "all roads lead to LA. We are trying to exchange information with law enforcement throughout the U.S. and throughout Latin America. LA is becoming a 'fusion center' for information on Hispanic gangs."

El Salvadoran law enforcement authorities echoed that theme.

Jerome Corsi is in El Salvador attending the Third Gang E
nforcement Conference for WND, at the invitation of the FBI’s MS-13 Task Force.

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We should bring the Russian skinheads into America and see what happens to those MS-13 punks.
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MS-13's Primary Goal Is Killing, Prosecutor Says at Start of Trial


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Members of the MS-13 street gang live by the motto "We kill, we rape, we control" and follow the orders of leaders known as "The Word," a prosecutor said yesterday as the federal racketeering trial of two alleged gang members began.

MS-13, a violent Latino gang also known as Mara Salvatrucha, has rules that include a standing edict to kill rival gang members, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Wilkinson said in her opening statement in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

"The objective of the gang is to kill people," Wilkinson said.

Prosecutors said in court papers that the gang has 10,000 members in 10 states and the District,
as well as in El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. Wilkinson said MS-13 has many cliques, which she compared to business franchises.

Each clique has a leader, "The Word," and each leader has a top lieutenant, "The Second," Wilkinson said.

The defendants, Oscar Ramos "Casper" Velasquez, 21, of Baltimore and Edgar Alberto "Pony" Ayala, 28, of Suitland, are the first two of 19 scheduled to go on trial. They are being tried under the federal RICO law, which was enacted in the early 1970s to target Mafia groups.

MS-13 gang members have conspired to commit murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery and to obstruct justice by attacking or intimidating witnesses, federal prosecutors allege in their original indictment and two superseding indictments.

The original indictment charges the gang with six homicides and four attempted murders between April 2003 and June 2005. Eight of the attacks were in Prince George's County, the other two in Montgomery County.

A superseding murder indictment handed up last week ci
tes an additional case, from January 2005, when, it alleges, two MS-13 gang members fired into a group of youths sitting outside an apartment building in Fairfax County. One man was killed and two juveniles were wounded in that assault.

Neither Velasquez nor Ayala is charged with murder. Neither faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted, although nine defendants do.

In their opening arguments, defense attorneys for Velasquez and Ayala said prosecutors were trying to convict their clients for the actions of others.

Gary A. Ticknor, Ayala's defense attorney, told jurors that President Harry S. Truman was a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a time. "You can be a member of a horrible organization and be a decent human being," he said.

Richard C. Bittner, Velasquez's attorney, said the government's case against his client amounts to "guilt by association."

According to prosecutors, Velasquez and others accused of being MS-13 members sexually assaulted two teenage girls at a "skipping p
arty" -- in which students ditch school -- May 12, 2003. In her opening statement, Wilkinson said Velasquez wielded a gun during the assault, adding that the victims were 15 and 16 at the time.

Velasquez is also accused of helping assault rival gang members outside a Langley Park nightclub in September 2004 and of attending an MS-13 meeting at which dues were paid.

Ayala is accused of driving with fellow gang members to the Fairfax County apartment building where a man was fatally shot. Ayala is also accused of giving false testimony to a Prince George's grand jury that investigated the beating death of Ashley Antonio Urias in May 2004. Wilkinson said in her initial statement that Ayala was covering up for MS-13 members.
It is sad that we let parasites like this move into our society! Oh well it could be worse it could be a whack load of niggers!
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MS-13 members take stand in teen murder trial
03:11 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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There was extra security at a downtown courtroom as members of the MS-13 gang testified Wednesday in the trial of a teenager charged in a fatal stabbing.

Ashley Benton, 17, is accused of killing Gabriel Granillo in a Montrose area park last June.

Her attorneys claim it was self defense because, they say, Granillo was swinging a baseball bat at her.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that it’s an unwritten rule in the MS-13 gang, that they do not fight women. (They may not fight them, but they damn sure rape and kill them.)
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Alleged Gang Member to be Arraigned in Suffolk Shooting

Alleged Gang Member to be Arraigned in Suffolk Shooting

Wednesday arraignment for reputed Salvadoran gang member

Alleged shooter Marvin Garcia, 20, of Huntington Station, is scheduled for arraignment in Suffolk County Court tomorrow on a grand jury indictment. The charges stem from a triple shooting that occurred in Huntington Station last month.



He is charged with shooting three males as they sat on the stoop [poachmonkeys] of a residence on Columbia Street in Huntington Station at approximately 11:10 PM on Sunday, June 24th.

The victims were Christopher Springfield, 21, of Wyandanch; Ariel Perez, 17, who lives at the Columbia Street address; and an unnamed juvenile. None of their injuries were life threatening, police said.

Garcia will go before Judge James F.X. Doyle in Riverhead. He is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Initially, Suffolk County police reported that Garcia was also to be charged with resisting arrest during his June 27th apprehension; and with two counts of Rape 1st Degree and Sodomy 1st Degree. The sexual assault charges reportedly stemmed from an attack on a 15-year-old girl in October of 2006.

Police have also identified Garcia as a member of the international gang, MS-13.

Formed in the 1980’s, MS-13 includes as many as 10,000 members in over 30 states, according to the FBI and Department of Justice. As many as 1,500 are thought to be in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area alone. The gang has an estimated 40,000 members in Central America.

The FBI says that most members are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. MS-13 first became a presence in the US in Los Angeles, but has spread to suburban and even rural areas.

In 2005, the FBI established the MS-13 National Task Force in an effort to check the group before it attains the degree of power wielded by gangs such as “18th Street”¯¯”¯¯, believed by the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations to have as many as 30,000 members in California alone.

Already, MS-13’s influence is far reaching. Earlier this month, a federal grand jury returned indictments on multiple charges against three defendants identified as members of the gang. Two of the defendants are in prison in El Salvador, from which they are believed to have arranged at least two murders in the US. They are part of a larger MS-13 “clique”¯¯”¯¯ blamed for seven murders in Maryland and one in Virginia from 2001 to 2007.

The indictment against the three also notes “assault on juvenile females”¯¯”¯¯. According to the FBI, “Mata, Viola, Controla”¯¯”¯¯ – “Kill, Rape, Control”¯¯”¯¯ – is one of the gang’s mottos.

Among the most famous crimes supposed to have been committed by gang members was a massacre in Honduras on December 23rd, 2004. Armed individuals boarded a public bus and killed 28 people execution-style, including six children. A note was left at the scene purporting to be from MS-13 and taking credit for the murders, saying they were in retaliation against anti-gang laws implemented by the Honduran government.

Closer to home, a federal jury on Long Island in April of last year returned a guilty verdict against Leonel “Little Chino”¯¯”¯¯ Mejia of Uniondale. Mejia received a mandatory life imprisonment sentence for the 2003 murder of 19-year-old fellow MS-13 member Edgardo Sanchez. Sanchez was murdered in North Massapequa, allegedly after Mejia and other members of the gang discovered that he had assisted police in the arrests of six gang members on murder and other charges.

In March of 2005, 30 suspected gang members were arrested around Long Island as part of “Operation Community Shield”¯¯”¯¯, a nationwide crackdown that resulted in 103 arrests.

In March of 1998, eight suspected gang members were arrested in Port Washington.
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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced To 19 Years
Geovanni Pena Sentenced To 235 Months

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A member of a nationwide street gang was sentenced Tuesday to more than 19 years in federal prison for charges related to shooting a rival gang member.

Geovanni Pena, also known as Rata, was sentenced to 235 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell.

He was the first of 14 members of the gang known as MS-13 indicted in Tennessee's Middle District to be sentenced.

At a court hearing in September, Pena admitted that on Sept. 4, 2006, he shot a man several times in the back at J. Percy Priest Lake because he believed the man was a member of the rival street gang 18th Street. The victim survived.

Pena also admitted to firing a handgun into a crowd of people outside a Nashville nightclub a day earlier, wounding two men.

"Cowards deserve 19 years in the cooler," said Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The name of the slain gang member remains sealed as an investigation continues, investigators said.

The 14 were indicted in January on charges of participating in a racketeering enterprise and related charges including murder, attempted murder, assault and obstruction of justice.

"A lot of citizens in the Latino community stepped forward to help us," Cavanaugh said. "It's too bad a small part of their community gets so much attention."

Cases against the other 13 are pending.

MS-13 also is known as La Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran gang that started in Los Angeles, investigators said. It is one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the country and its activities have also been spread to Central America by deported members.

"Gang violence fuels crime," Cavanaugh said. "Revenge begets revenge and you end up with a circle of violence. This (conviction) helps us dam the violence. It's one step."
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