LAS VEGAS – the Five members of the MS-13 street gang have been arrested in the murder of the 10 victims in the Las Vegas area in the past year, authorities said Monday.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo did not identify one of the suspects, but released a list of victims found stabbed and shot to death since March, 2017. He also provided a map of places where the 10 bodies were found, including federal land in remote areas near Lake Mead and the mountains around the city.
The announcement comes amidst statements of President Donald Trump and the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions that they are committed to cracking down on the violent street gang.
The gang known as La Mara Salvatrucha, originated in the 1980s as a neighborhood street gang in Los Angeles, but has been adopted by the federal prosecutors have thousands of members in the US, mostly immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras. They are linked to the waves of violence in the suburbs of New York City, Washington, D. C., and other communities.
Trump blames lax U.S. immigration laws, so that the deported members of the MS-13 to return to the U.S. to prey on law-abiding people. He has also errors of a federal system that has allowed tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across the U.S. border illegally to remain in the country.
Lombardo, who is facing re-election this year, insisted that with the four adults in the federal immigration detention and a 17-year-old held as a young crippled a Las Vegas-cells of MS-13, which he numbered less than 50 members.
He said the case had ties with Los Angeles and Fresno, California, but did not elaborate.
“I am convinced that the active players of the gang associated with MS-13 are in custody,” Lombardo said.
A spokeswoman for interim Attorney of the V. S. Dayle Elieson not immediately comment on the case.
Lt. John Leon, head of the Las Vegas police gang unit, said the MS-13 link to the Las Vegas-area massacre it became clear in January after investigators found that two men who knew each other and had current or former ties to the gang were found in the same way, shot, stabbed and left dead in remote areas.
Another breakthrough came after police raids netted 18 weapons, including a pistol, both in March 2017 to kill, and in the Dec. 31 death of a man shot in the driveway of a house.
The three people who were arrested with the others were acquitted, not charged, Lombardo said, after they determined what the sheriff called cooperation and information that was vital for the research.