December 21, 2019

USA: New York Law Enforcement Takes Down 100 Top MS-13 Gang Members And Associates. The County, State, And Federal Investigation Also Thwarted Seven Long Island-Based Murder Plots.

New York Post
written by Lorena Mongelli, Larry Celona and Tina Moore
Friday December 20, 2019

Authorities dealt a staggering blow to Long Island’s murderous MS-13 gang — busting 96 members and associates in the largest takedown of the notorious criminal group in New York state history, prosecutors announced Friday.

The arrests, all in Suffolk County, are the result of a nearly two-year county, state and federal investigation — and include nine cell, or “clique” leaders of the violent gang — virtually the gang’s entire presence in the county, officials said.

The investigation also thwarted seven Long Island-based murder plots, officials said.

And perhaps most importantly, the investigation prevented the El Salvador-based gang from getting a strong foothold on New York soil, according to Ray Donovan, special agent in charge of the DEA in New York.

“We’ve learned that through this investigation MS-13 had plans for establishing an East Coast foundation here in New York for the gang, that will never happen,” he said.

The bulk of the accused thugs, 64 defendants, were busted in the past week as part of a new indictment alleging murder conspiracy, drug trafficking, gang violence and the possession and sale of weapons, said Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini.

“They’re decimated,” Sini said of his county’s estimated total of 10 cliques.

“They will attempt to recalibrate … and that’s why we need to stay vigilant.”

Nearly all of those arrested under the new indictment will be held without bail despite a lax new bail statute, because they’ve been hit with the non-bail-eligible charge of murder conspiracy, Sini said.

“Murder conspiracy, that’s a bail eligible offense even under the new law, thank God,” Sini told reporters at an afternoon press conference that featured a table laid out with confiscated evidence, including 10 kilos of cocaine, 1,000 fentanyl pills, nine handguns, two long guns and numerous machetes.

“MS-13 is a ruthless, savage gang which commits acts of violence to recruit, retain and control its members and exact revenge on its rivals, as well as to extort innocent members of our communities,” Sini said.

Those newly indicted range in age from 16 to 59, and include illegal immigrants, US citizens, and non-citizens who are in the country legally, officials said.

They include nine leaders of “cliques,” or regional branches of the gang, who operated throughout Suffolk County and who officials say were sent to New York by the gang’s leadership in El Salvador.

They also include 19 of the gang’s alleged drug suppliers, officials said.

Portions of all drug sale proceeds would be sent back to those leaders in El Salvador, Sini said.

The clique leaders tried to impose a strict, El Salvador-mandated set of rules on members, including the often-ignored rule that gang members exhibit no vices.

“Their rules are very clear,” said Donovan.

“In order to move up from a ‘morro’ [rank] to a ‘chekeo,’ [higher rank], one would have to kill four times.

One Huntington-based clique required regular meetings — known as “masses,” — on the 13th of every month, Donovan said. Other rules stressed “zero drinking, zero stealing, zero violence, zero extortion, zero kidnapping,” he said.

But while management in El Salvador stressed that gang members should have no vices, “the reality is MS-13 has no rules,” Donovan said.

“Their rules are violence, fear, control of their territory.”

The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New York State Police, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York and the joined with Nassau and Suffolk County law enforcement and prosecutors in conducting the investigation and arrests.

The coordinated work of these law enforcement entities has contributed, in all, to more than 230 additional arrests in New York, throughout the US and in El Salvador the past two years, Sini said.

“This operation helped end the New York program, which was orchestrated by the leadership of MS 13 in El Salvador to develop a greater presence here on Long Island,” Sini said.

“Additionally as a result of the reliable intelligence generated throughout this investigation, law enforcement prevented countless acts of violence over the past 23 months, including seven murder plots right here in Suffolk County.”

The ruthless gang has been implicated in more than two dozen murders, including the brutal killings of Brentwood High School students Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, in September 2016. The victims were hacked and beaten to death with machetes and baseball bats.

President Donald Trump has often cited the dangers of the MS-13 “infestation” to push for tougher immigration laws.
How dare former Democrat Congressman Crowley equate these animals with ALL IMMIGRANTS and shame on him for saying these animals deserve to be treated with respect as ALL IMMIGRANTS. The Democrats are so offensive and the most racist. Screw you. My gosh! ALL IMMIGRANTS aren't terrorizing their neighborhoods, stabbing people to death and ripping their hearts out. ALL IMMIGRANTS are not criminals. The Democrats are lumping these disgusting heartless soulless human beings with ALL IMMIGRANTS. President Trump is separating these animals FROM ALL IMMIGRANTS and trying to protect the predominantly immigrant communities from these animals that have been terrorizing them. MS-13 gang motto is "rape, kill, control." (emphasis mine)
ABC News
written by Aaron Katersky, Mark Crudele, and Christina Carrega
Friday December 20, 2019

The notorious MS-13 street gang in Suffolk County, New York, has been declared "inoperable," law enforcement officials announced on Friday.

Authorities said during a press conference that 96 MS-13 gang members and associates were indicted on 77 counts including second-degree conspiracy to commit murder, gun possession and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The massive takedown is what investigators described as the largest of the violent street gangs in New York State history. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said that over 200 arrest were made across the country and in El Salvador as a result of this 23-month investigation.

The multi-agency operation has thwarted seven alleged murder plots and led to the arrest of nine leaders that operated cliques throughout the county, said Sini.

Originally founded in Southern California by gang members from El Salvador, MS-13, known in Spanish as La Mara Salvatrucha, has been accused in recent years of brutal murders and assaults on eastern Long Island.

The "operation has delivered a major blow to MS-13 operations and recruitment in the region," Sini said.

The 96 defendants include 66 MS-13 gang members and 19 drug suppliers, ages 16 to 69, officials said.

The district attorney noted the investigation included the "largest wiretap operation in the United States."

"This ruthless and savage gang extorted innocent members of our community," sold drugs and sent portions of that money back to the leadership in El Salvador, Sini said.

During the arrest of the alleged conspirators, 10 kilograms of cocaine, press pills of fentanyl, drug ledgers, handguns, numerous machetes and "well over $200,000 in cash were recovered, Sini added.

"This depicts how brutal and savage this gang is," he said, while holding a machete that was recovered, adding, "To the MS-13, we are coming for you."

MS-13 tried to establish an East Coast base and has wreaked havoc throughout the county. Their violence in Long Island included the 2016 murders of 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas and 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, which drew the attention of President Donald Trump.

"They kidnap, they extort, they rape and they rob. They prey on children, they shouldn't be here," Trump said when he visited Suffolk County in July 2017. "It's time for every member of MS-13 to be in fear. Look over their shoulder. Look in their rear view mirror, because ICE and its partners are coming hard, and we're coming strong."

Brothers Alexi and Jairo Saenz were charged in connection with six murders, including of Cuevas and Micken. They have pleaded not guilty and the case is still pending. If convicted, they both face up to life in prison or the death penalty -- which was reinstated in July 2019 by U.S. Attorney William Barr after a 15-year moratorium on executions.

In November, the brothers also pleaded not guilty to a seventh murder they are accused of participating in.

Mass Tea Party - Wake Up America! published May 21, 2018: Democrats: Trump's MS-13 'Animals' Remark Is Racist - Left Defends MS-13 says they're being de-humanized. 😱
CNN 5/17/2018: Several news organizations took remarks President Donald Trump made Wednesday out of context to suggest he was referring to undocumented immigrants at large as "animals," when in context it appears the President was likely referring to members of a violent gang.

The comment in question happened at a White House roundtable discussion on the subject of immigration and so-called "sanctuary cities." Complaining at the roundtable about confusion between different levels of law enforcement, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims brought up the violent gang Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13.

"There could be an MS-13 member I know about -- if they don't have a certain threshold, I cannot tell [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] about it," Mims said.

Speaking immediately after Mims, Trump said, "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in -- and we're stopping a lot of them -- but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before."

But several major media outlets stripped the context from Trump's comments, publishing stories and posting tweets that strongly suggested he had said undocumented immigrants at large "aren't people," but "animals." In some cases, outlets that placed the comments in context in stories removed the context in tweets.

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