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MS-13’s Highest Ranking Leaders Charged With Terrorism Offenses In US

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MS-13’s Highest Ranking Leaders Charged With Terrorism Offenses In US

Most of the men named in the indictment are imprisoned in El Salvador, 3 remain at-large

By Louis Casiano

Federal authorities have charged multiple leaders of the MS-13 criminal gang with terrorism offenses, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

In the indictment, filed in Central Islip, N.Y., where MS-13 members have committed a series of brutal slayings, 14 members of the transnational gang were charged. The leaders -- known as la Ranfla Nacional -- are charged with providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, conspiracy to finance terrorism to conspiracy narco-terrorism.

"The indictment announced today is the highest-reaching and most sweeping indictment targeting MS-13 and its command and control structure in U.S. history," acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement.

Authorities said Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, who is regarded as the most powerful member of Ranfla Nacional, and 10 other defendants were imprisoned in El Salvador. The Justice Department was exploring ways to extradite them to the United States.

Three others -- Fredy Ivan Jandres-Parada, Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios and Hugo Armando Quinteros-Mineros -- remain at large.

While imprisoned, the gang leaders ordered killings and continued to run the gang through contraband cell phones, the smuggling of written messages and intermediaries, according to a federal indictment.

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