July 3, 2006 |
Three young men were killed and a fourth wounded in what police suspect was an attack by the notorious MS-13 street gang. Police were searching for five or six assailants. Witness said that before shooting, the gunmen shouted "Mara Salvatrucha," the formal name of the Salvadoran gang that traces its origins to Los Angeles in the 1980s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2009 |
Shackled and sitting at the front of a courtroom, Alex Sanchez looked on with somber eyes as the judge called him a danger to society and a potential flight risk. The anti-gang worker who could face life in prison if convicted in a federal case was ordered held without bail. Outside the courthouse, dozens of Sanchez supporters -- clergy, professors, lawyers, community organizers and youths from Latino, black and Asian communities -- pleaded for his freedom.
June 25, 2008 |
A federal grand jury in Charlotte indicted 26 suspected members of an international gang accused in a cross-border drug ring. U.S. Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey unsealed a federal indictment that charges people believed to be members of the MS-13 gang with racketeering through a drug trafficking ring that sold cocaine, marijuana and narcotics and with committing multiple robberies.
February 24, 2005 |
A man wanted by the Honduran government in connection with a bus massacre that killed 28 people has been arrested in Texas, the Homeland Security Department said in Washington. Authorities described the man, Ever Anibal Rivera Paz, who also goes by the name Franklin Jairo Rivera-Hernandez, as the reputed leader of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang in Honduras. Rivera Paz was arrested Feb. 10 by the Texas Highway Patrol about 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border.
November 2, 2005
Re "Gang Uses Deportation to Its Advantage to Flourish in U.S.," Oct. 30 The MS-13 gang never would have morphed from a few thousand to 50,000 members if our border were properly secured. The diligent efforts of law enforcement to capture and deport lawbreaking thugs are ruined by the easy return of gang members through our broken and porous borders. Perhaps the threat to our fellow citizens by MS-13 and others like it across the country will generate the resolve and resources to truly secure our borders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 |
Federal authorities on Wednesday designated six reputed members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha street gang, which was founded in Los Angeles, as leaders of a transnational criminal organization. The designation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury generally bars U.S. citizens from conducting transactions with the six named leaders and allows their financial assets to be frozen by federal investigators, authorities said. Known as MS-13, the gang was founded in the Pico-Union and Westlake neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1980s by Salvadoran refugees who had fled a civil war raging in their country.