MS-13 gang presence is growing in Maryland
Frederick County Sheriff Jenkins offers possible solutions.
Six suspected members of the violent street gang MS-13 were indicted in Maryland this week on charges of murder, conspiracy and extortion.
The cases against the unidentified suspects, aged 19 to 22, were among the latter is pursued against a Central-America-linked group that the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last year was a “priority” for the Ministry of Justice, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
The suspects live in Annapolis, were held in federal or state criminal prosecution, and the first in the courtroom have not yet occurred, according to the officers of justice. Their immigration status was not immediately clear.
The latest charges come roughly two weeks after an MS-13 member from another Maryland community, was sentenced in a federal extortion conspiracy.
Raul Ernesto Landaverde Giron of Silver Spring, just outside of Washington, D. C., was found guilty of murder in aid of racketeering and faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is adopted by the federal prosecutors have thousands of members throughout the country.
After that conviction, Sessions said Maryland has “suffered terribly” because of the “unique and barbaric gang criminal activities.
Costs, announced Thursday, Juan Carlos Sandoval Rodriguez, 20, is accused of luring a victim to a park in Annapolis, where he and other alleged MS-13 members and associates murdered him. The prosecutors believe in March 2016 kill, was motivated by a desire to improve or to maintain rank within the gang to get or the status of a member.
In October 2016, four suspects alleged attempt to murder two others in Annapolis, largely by stabbing the victims repeatedly.
That designation of MS-13 as a “priority” for the federal officials, leads the officers of justice to pursue all legal avenues to focus on the hallway and let the local law enforcement agencies tap into federal money to help pay for the gang-related research.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is adopted by the federal prosecutors have thousands of members nationwide, primarily immigrants from Central America. It originated in the 1980’s of a stronghold in Los Angeles. But the real rise began after members were deported back to El Salvador in the 1990s.
President Donald Trump blames lax U.S. immigration laws, so that the deported members to return to the US.
Federal authorities say that the danger is that the decades-old street gang is increased. During a December stop in Baltimore, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen described MS-13 as a “threat to our domestic security.”
Some experts who study gangs believe that the general threat that MS-13 is exaggerated to the middle of the Trump administration’s broader immigration crackdown.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.