A federal indictment claims that members and employees of the MS-13 gang have committed at least seven murders, including a number where victims have been hacked with machetes in the California Forest in Los Angeles in the last two years.
The indictment, shared on Tuesday by the US law firm in Los Angeles, reveals 22 people associated with part of the gang known as the Fulton clique and the unclosed document states how in one case a member of a rival gang that allegedly violated MS-13 graffiti was the target.
The charge is that on March 6, 2017 the rival – referred to as J.S. – was kidnapped in The Wash, suffocated and driven to a remote area of the Angeles National Forest where five people – Angel Amadeo Guzman, Ever Joel Morales, Fernando Garcia Parada, Jose Baquiax Alvarez and Edwin Isaac Mendez – dismantled him with a machete and threw him the body parts in a gap after Guzman cut the heart out of the body.
The 78-page indictment, closed on Monday, reprimands all of one in 22 LA-based suspects to violate the law on affected and corrupt organizations in violation of the law.
Researchers referred to MS-13 hand gestures used by a number of accused (left and right)
In one case, a victim was torn apart with a machete and the body parts were thrown into a canyon in the Angeles National Forest after the heart was cut
The unclosed document states how the victim was a member of a rival gang that was believed to have damaged MS-13 graffiti
They then met in an abandoned church occupied by Edgard Velasquez to show him photographic evidence of the murder.
The indictment is that Velasquez was in contact with the alleged participants by telephone eight times a day.
The indictment of the 12-count that was unsealed on Monday evokes gang leaders who allegedly authorized and coordinated the murders.
Alleged members who have been accused were depicted with their faces partially hidden in a clip from CBS 2.
It targets 200 overt acts to increase gang membership, expand power and intimidate outsiders, starting with alleged $ 1.2 million in drug trafficking activities, including drug sales to the Fulton clique in Maryland. seized in 2010 in Nebraska.
The victim was abducted at The Wash, located at the entrance to the Los Angeles Riverbed on Fulton Avenue and Vanowen Street in North Hollywood, California (photo) before being swept up and driven to the remote forest area
Part of the evidence mentioned in the indictment included communication via social media
The alleged gang members allegedly used firearms in some murders
In addition to the indictment of the conspiracy, the indictment includes four counts of first-degree murder involving machete, knife, and baseball bat murder in the Angeles National Forest, which is within the United States' special maritime and territorial jurisdiction.
Those four murders – along with a fifth that took place in the Malibu Hills and a sixth in those buried in the stronghold of the Fulton clique at Whitsett Fields Park in North Hollywood – are also accused of violent racketeering crimes (VICAR) , and those six counts claim that the victims were killed for the purpose of gaining access to, and maintaining and increasing, their position in MS-13 Los Angeles. & # 39;
MS-13 members who occupy the San Fernando Valley would have been involved in influencing an influx of young immigrants from Central America who were required to kill a rival or someone who was negative about MS -13 to be initiated in MS-13 & # 39 ;.
The RICO indictment focuses on drug trafficking activities, including the sale to the Fulton clique of MS-13
The initials & # 39; MS & # 39; are etched in the back of a man. MS-13 members who occupy the San Fernando Valley would have been involved in influencing an influx of young immigrants from Central America who were obliged to kill a rival or someone who felt negative about MS-13 to be initiated & # 39;
& # 39; The biggest tragedy in these cases is that these young victims were likely to leave home, hopeful that they would find security and prosperity in the United States & # 39 ;, said Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey Tuesday.
& # 39; Instead, these victims had the misfortune of crossing with violent gang members who were prey to the vulnerabilities of their immigrant experience. My office will vigorously prosecute these suspects and continue to work with other agencies to improve public safety in the communities where MS-13 and other brutal gangs operate. & # 39;
Gang members are also accused of alleged murder and attempted murder of rival gang members, those who were seen as law enforcement officers, and in one case a homeless man temporarily living in a park controlled by the gang.
One of the victims was only 15 years old.
Three defendants have been detained in Los Angeles in recent days following an investigation by the Losolitan Metropolitan Task Force on violent gangs consisting of FBI, LAPD and delegates to the Sheriff's Department in Los Angeles County.
Some of the murders were committed in the stronghold of the Fulton clique at Whitsett Fields Park in North Hollywood
Three defendants have been detained in Los Angeles in recent days following an investigation by the Losolitan Metropolitan Task Force on violent gangs consisting of FBI, LAPD and delegates to the Sheriff's Department in Los Angeles County. Image of the file from May 17
A fourth defendant said he violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act on the weekend in Oklahoma.
In the past year, the other 18 suspects mentioned in the indictment were detained, some on state ceilings and some on previous federal charges.
As part of the RICO conspiracy, gang members reportedly committed murders in 2014 and 2015, the second of which was part of a previous extortion case against the MS-13 leadership in Los Angeles.
The announced indictment that was announced on Tuesday, which was returned by a federal grand jury on July 9, adds 15 suspects to an indictment filed in March.
"We have now taken away nearly two dozen people associated with the most violent MS-13 arm in Los Angeles, where the gang has probably killed 24 people in the last two years," said Nick Hanna. the United States in a statement Tuesday.
& # 39; Collaborative law enforcement efforts have resolved several murder cases and inflicted a heavy blow on gang members involved in atrocities that have not been in the region for more than 20 years.
Four counts of first-degree murder have to do with murders of machete, knife and baseball bat. Paul D. Delacourt, assistant director of the Los Angeles Field Office, announced the charge on Tuesday
& # 39; The biggest tragedy in these cases is that these young victims were likely to leave home, hopeful that they would find security and prosperity in the United States & # 39 ;, said Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey Tuesday
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