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Dozens of MS-13 gang members and affiliates have been hit with charges following a murder and drug trafficking probe, an official in California said.
Two MS-13 gang members were charged with murder in U.S. court and another four with assault. Another 16 people affiliated with MS-13 are facing drug trafficking charges. Additional charges have been filed in state court.
The article goes on to state the following:
The street gang reportedly terrorized the city of Mendota by taking advantage of an understaffed police department, Sacramento U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Mendota, with a population of roughly 11,000 people, lies 35 miles (60 kilometers) west of Fresno in California’s agriculturally rich Central Valley. Nearly the entire population is Hispanic, with many immigrants from El Salvador.
“The nationwide tentacles of this going out from this little town in Fresno County is dramatic,” Scott said Thursday.
More than two dozen MS-13 gang members, affiliates charged after monthslong murder/drug trafficking investigation in Fresno County https://t.co/EB6kf01HCO U.S. attorney says investigation helped solve killings, assaults in LA, NY, Vegas, Houston pic.twitter.com/262fQpOd9h
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 31, 2018
More than 2 dozen MS-13 gang members and affiliates have been charged after months of investigating violence and drug trafficking in a rural California farm town. https://t.co/JEFvMJUSus
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) August 31, 2018
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