SOME of the highest ranking members of MS-13, known as La Ranfla Nacional, were hit with terrorism charges after a bloody reign in the United States.
Authorities are still searching for Fredy Ivan Jandrew-ParadaCredit: US Justice Department
Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios is still at large as wellCredit: US Justice Department
The Ranfla Nacional leaders are facing charges of providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, conspiracy to finance terrorism to conspiracy nacro-terrorism.
The Department of Justice said that Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, also known as Diablito de Hollywood, is the most powerful leader, and is currently imprisoned with 10 other defendants in El Salvador.
The DOJ is working out how to extradite the defendants to the US.
The three others who were indicted – Fredy Ivan Jandrew-Parada, Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios and Hugo Armando Quinteros-Mineros – are still at large.
The DOJ alleges that while the 11 members were locked up, they ordered killings and continued to run the gang through cell phones that had been smuggled in, written messages, and intermediaties.
Hugo Armando Quinteros-Mineros is also still at largeCredit: US Justice Department
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said that the indictment “is the highest reaching and most sweeping indictment targeting MS-13 and its command and control structure in US history.”
“…By working side-by-side with our U.S. law enforcement partners and with our partners in El Salvador, we have charged MS-13’s highest-ranking leaders with operating a transnational criminal organization that utilizes terror to impose their will on neighborhoods, businesses and innocent civilians across the United States and Central America,” Rosen said.
The DOJ alleges that MS-13 is responsible for a massive amount of bloodshed in Long Island and the Eastern District of New York, and that the defendants continued the gang’s global operations even while they were incarcerated.
Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme said that incarcerated members were still able to, “recruit new members, including children, into MS-13, and orchestrate murder and mayhem around the world.”
The gang began structuring a ruling tier in 2002 to help make sure their decisions and orders were enforced even when they were in prison, according to the indictment, and thus Ranfla Nacional was born.
The top leader, Henriquez, is reportedly a founding member of the gang.
The gang was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has since evolved into one of the nation’s most violent criminal enterprises.
MS-13 has thousands of members across the world in places like Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, as well as El Salvador and the United States.