Cops bust 44 members of bloodthirsty MS-13
Federal prosecutors claim that Oscar Duran - an El Salvador national - who lives in the Boston area is one of the U.S. leaders of MS-13. Here, members of the gang work out. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds of cops hammered hyper-violent street gang MS-13 with scores of arrests and search warrants in Los Angeles.
The pre-dawn strike was part of a three-year probe into MS-13. Gang members were charged with murder and other crimes.
The anti-racketeering indictment targeted 44 gang members - including the former L.A. poobah. Three of the members accused of murder could face the death penalty at San Quentin.
“It’s one of the largest and most entrenched gangs in Los Angeles,” Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra Brown said. “Today’s actions will deal a critical blow to the top leadership.”
MS-13 has grown so powerful because of its bloodlust that it has eclipsed the Bloods and the Crips as the most dangerous street gang in southern California.
The gang has their fingers in a slew of pies, including: Drugs, murder, prostitution, extortion and human trafficking.