The US federal authorities have filed terrorism-related charges against the MS-13 gang’s “board of directors.”
According to the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, 14 gang leaders were charged with “conspiring to provide and cover up material support for terrorists” and other crimes.
All suspects form Ranfla Nacional, the governing body of MS-13.
Eleven of the accused are imprisoned in El Salvador, but three remain at large. The Justice Department said it is looking into ways to extradite prisoners to the United States.
“MS-13 is responsible for the wave of death and violence that has terrorized communities, leaving areas of Long Island and the entire Eastern District of New York in blood,” said Acting Attorney General Seth Ducharm.