Machetes And Mayhem: DoJ Unveils MS-13 Racketeering And Murder Indictment

Hot Air | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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Bet on this becoming a White House talking point by the end of the day. The Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against a virulent MS-13 gang in Los Angeles for racketeering and murder, but even those charges understate the bloodthirsty nature of the crimes. NBC News provides a taste of what will come in the lead:

Citing a gruesome series of killings in Los Angeles in which one victim was dismembered and whose heart was cut out, a federal grand jury has indicted 22 alleged members or associates of the notorious MS-13 gang on charges that include racketeering and murder.

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Five of the seven killings outlined in a new indictment involved the victims’ bodies being dumped in Angeles National Forest, according to court documents.

The 78-page grand jury indictment says 22 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 Fulton clique, based in the Los Angeles suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, engaged in common street gang business: narcotics sales, robberies, burglaries and extortion schemes.

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But the indictment also details how those charged also used horrific violence to control members, protect territory and intimidate rivals.

One of the victims had his heart hacked out of his body for the street crime of crossing out MS-13 graffiti, the local NBC affiliate explains. Others had also been murdered by machete and had their bodies dumped in canyons. It’s part of what made the Fulton clique more of a priority to law enforcement, both local and federal, than the other 20-odd MS-13 gangs in the area.

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What made them more violent? The indictment alleges that their allegiance to...
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