'We Will Be Relentless': DOJ Announces Arrests Targeting MS-13 Ohio Clique
The Justice Department nabbed 13 members of the international gang MS-13 in Ohio and Indiana Tuesday.
Ten of the criminals were charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit money laundering and gun violence. Five were arrested for reentering the U.S. after being deported. Two of the 15 identified remain at large.
Based in El Salvador, MS-13 is thought to have more than 10,000 members in at least 40 states. The infamously violent street gang has become a priority for the Trump administration, especially since their terror streak in Long Island where they killed 17 in 18 months, including two teen girls.
"There are probably plenty of people in Columbus who didn't know MS-13 was here before yesterday," Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio, said on "Fox & Friends."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will be "relentless" in their goal of taking MS-13 off American streets for good.
"Today's charges are our next step toward making this country safer by taking MS-13 off of our streets for good," the nation's top cop stated on Tuesday.
The thugs arrested today allegedly used threats and violence to extort money from their victims and sent it back to El Salvador to support their criminal activity. The stolen funds paid for items like cell phones, narcotics and weapons, most likely machetes, the gang's weapon of choice.
Glassman said the individuals arrested were thought to be leaders of the MS-13 Columbus clique, but the investigation is ongoing into more members and associates and further crimes.