The leadership of Los Angeles gang MS-13 has been taken down by a law enforcement task force.
The joint operation, involving law enforcement agencies on the local, state and federal levels, arrested 21 members and associates of the gang and brought charges against 44 individuals.
“This case has targeted the leadership and most violent actors of the MS-13 street gang in Los Angeles, as well as MS-13’s links to the Mexican Mafia,” stated Deirdre Fike, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. “This operation will have a significant impact on this violent gang and their overall ability to maintain control over law-abiding citizens.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
The 127-page indictment revealed that there are over ten thousand MS-13 members in the US, and that the LA gang is of particular importance. “MS-13 members in Los Angeles are sometimes called upon to provide input in other parts of the country,” the indictment said.
The individuals facing charges include 12 senior leaders of the gang who formed a leadership council. The DOJ said in a press release that “a committee that was needed because no one person was willing to take on the top role in the wake of ongoing scrutiny by law enforcement.”
This is the latest in a series of gang takedowns, with over 1300 arrests since Donald trump took office only a few months ago.