President Trump is keeping his campaign promise to crack down on the dangerous MS-13 street gang.
The MS-13 gang has international ties and violently terrorizes communities throughout the U.S. including Long Island, New York.
Vulnerable citizens in Long Island neighborhoods are suffering under the violent activities of MS-13 gang members.
The New York Post reports:
Seventeen high-ranking members and associates of the notorious MS-13 gang were busted for plying their bloody trade in at least eight Long Island towns — including the violent group’s Northeast leader, officials said Thursday.
“Not only did we arrest the highest-level Mara Salvatrucha leader in the Northeast who reports to MS-13 in El Salvador, but we sent a message that we will continue to investigate their violent crimes and bring justice to their victims,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said in a statement.
A total of 17 defendants, including a dozen members of MS-13, were slapped with a laundry list of charges, including second-degree murder, drug trafficking and conspiracy.
Since 2017, MS-13 gang members were under investigation in several states and Long Island communities.
Authorities began investigating several MS-13 members in May 2017, identifying “cliques,” or local affiliates of the gang, in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Texas, officials said.
Two Long Island-based cliques — called “Hollywood” and “Sailors” — reported directly to MS-13 leaders in El Salvador and sent them the proceeds of their illicit activities.
These cliques operated in Hempstead, Freeport, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Glen Cove, Greenport and Central Islip, according to officials.
The months long investigations also impeded murder attempts in several states and led to the confiscation of “heroin worth an estimated $1 million.”
The seven-month investigation also thwarted three separate murder attempts, which were supposed to take place in Nassau County, Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Ever Morales “Lenky” Lopez and Edgar Orellana “Chavi” Saravia — who were arrested in New Jersey on Sept. 30, 2017 — were caught doing reconnaissance in Elizabeth for a “suitable location” to kill a rival gang member where there were no cameras around, officials said.
“The defendants allegedly discussed where to dispose the victim’s body and how deep to dig the hole,” the indictment says.
Authorities also seized 4 kilograms of heroin worth an estimated $1 million, officials said.