N.Y. Authorities Deal Massive Blow To MS-13
The brutal gang MS-13, that even Trump called Animals, took a big hit in New York after authorities rounded up 96 members during a bust. The members included both American citizens and illegal immigrants. Authorities say it is the biggest crackdown on the gang in history.
“The goal of this investigation was to deliver a major blow to the gang’s leadership, operations and recruitment in our region… we did exactly that," Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters Friday.
“This operation helped end the New York program," he added.
Sini says investigators arrested 96 members and associates of the gang, who have been charged with crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder to drug trafficking to weapons sales. The ages of those arrested range from 16 to 59 and include U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants, he added.
Sources told the New York Post that most of the arrests were made Thursday and Friday morning.
Sini said throughout the investigation, authorities recovered drugs in gang members' possession such as cocaine and fentanyl, as well as handguns and more than $200,000 in cash. Investigators' efforts resulted in the arrests of the leaders of nine cliques of the gang operating in Suffolk County -- and foiled seven alleged murder plots, he added."
"And perhaps most importantly, the investigation prevented the El Salvador-based gang from getting a strong foothold on New York soil, according to Ray Donovan, special agent in charge of the DEA in New York.
“We’ve learned that through this investigation MS-13 had plans for establishing an East Coast foundation here in New York for the gang, that will never happen,” he said."
“MS-13 is a ruthless, savage gang which commits acts of violence to recruit, retain and control its members and exact revenge on its rivals, as well as to extort innocent members of our communities,” Sini said."
“Their rules are very clear,” said Donovan.
“In order to move up from a ‘morro’ [rank] to a ‘chekeo,’ [higher rank], one would have to kill four times.
The Left was originally all over Trump when he talked about this gang being animals, but as you can see the term seems to fit. We are lucky that N.Y. Authorities were able to take down such a large number of the brutal gang. The last thing we need is more of them here in the States.