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41 Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Indicted On Long Island

Jae C. Hong
A man is taken into custody by FBI agents in May as part of a three-year investigation into the violent MS-13 gang in Los Angeles.

In one of the biggest single day takedowns of the violent MS-13 gang, 41 alleged gang members were indicted on Long Island in what Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas called a “four-year violence spree.”

Singas, Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Jason Molina detailed the charges at a press conference in Mineola.

The charges include conspiracy, attempted murder, assault, and weapons possession. Singas says while the gang deals in drugs and human trafficking:

“Their motive here on Long Island is not profit, but terror. They are joined together by their creed of violence, their defense of their turf, and their gang associates and their gang lifestyle.”

The indictments come one day after Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a local multi-agency task force to go after the gang.

During a visit to Long Island in April, U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to “demolish” MS-13.

MS-13 was responsible for 11 murders on Long Island in the past year.

Terry Sheridan is an award-winning audio journalist. As part of his duties as Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.
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