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.
The suspects face up to 25 years to life behind bars if they’re convicted on their top charges, officials said.
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