8 MS-13 gang mem­bers in­dicted in Texas

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION & WORLD -

DAL­LAS — Au­thor­i­ties say eight MS-13 mem­bers in the U.S. il­le­gally have been in­dicted in Texas on charges tied to al­leged gang ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy, at­tempted mur­der and as­sault.

U.S. At­tor­ney Erin Nealy Cox an­nounced the charges at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day in Dal­las.

Cox says seven sus­pects are in cus­tody. Janet Pearre, a spokes­woman for the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice for the North­ern District of Texas, de­clined to com­ment on the sta­tus of the eighth.

A De­part­ment of Jus­tice state­ment says some of them are tied to vi­o­lence in­clud­ing machete at­tacks in Texas last year.

Agent Kather­ine Greer, deputy spe­cial agent in charge of Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions, says the defendants, mostly from El Sal­vador, are in the U.S. il­le­gally.

The no­to­ri­ously vi­o­lent gang has been op­er­at­ing in the U.S. for decades.

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