8 gang sus­pects in­dicted in Texas

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

DAL­LAS — Au­thor­i­ties an­nounced Fri­day that 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 in Dal­las. In an 18-count in­dict­ment, the men are ac­cused of tar­get­ing ri­val gangs as part of ini­ti­a­tions into the gang or dues to stay in the gang, she said. Cox, who de­scribed MS13 as “one of the most vi­o­lent and ruth­less gangs on the streets to­day,” said that seven sus­pects are in cus­tody. Janet Pearre, a spokesman 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 said some of those in­dicted have been tied to vi­o­lent acts, in­clud­ing ma­chete at­tacks in Texas last year.

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