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Justice Dept.: 127 suspected MS-13 members charged this year

Posted at 11:21 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 23:21:52-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 127 suspected members of the violent MS-13 street gang this year, and six face sentences of life in prison after being convicted in 2020.

The statistics are detailed in a report released Wednesday by the Justice Department.

It emphasizes the priority the Trump administration has given to prosecuting members of MS-13 and the aggressive effort by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to try to dismantle the gang.

MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is considered one of the top transnational organized crime threats in the United States.