The leader of MS-13 has been charged with terrorism amid a nationwide crackdown on the group, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. The indictment, unsealed in Virginia against Melgar Diaz, marked the first time the Justice Department has brought terrorism charges against a member of MS-13.
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“Joint Task Force Vulcan’s operations have significantly degraded MS-13 capabilities. While there is still work to be done, the Department of Justice remains committed to protecting Americans threatened by MS-13, and we will not rest until we have successfully defeated this transnational criminal organization,” Barr said in a statement.
President @realDonaldTrump: "We've just concluded a historic operation leading to the arrest and indictment of dozens of savage MS-13 members and leaders all across the country." pic.twitter.com/vnVfiAjYra— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 15, 2020
"In New York and Nevada, 21 MS-13 members and leaders have been indicted on charges including murder, kidnapping, and drug trafficking." pic.twitter.com/pCmvahqNXW— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 15, 2020
Attorney General William Barr called MS-13 a "death cult" whose "basic purpose" is "violence and terrorizing people," while describing "Project Vulcan" with Trump in the Oval Office pic.twitter.com/6Cs0ssAIko— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) July 15, 2020
The #FBI joins our partners in announcing cases that have stemmed from Joint Task Force Vulcan, including an indictment charging an MS-13 member with terrorism-related offenses and a takedown of the leadership of a Hollywood clique of MS-13. https://t.co/49C9qGYQq7— FBI (@FBI) July 15, 2020
Trump Admin Seeks Death Penalty for MS-13 Leader Responsible for Seven Murders - Sara A. Carter— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) July 15, 2020
These two young girls were murdered with a machete and bat. This MS-13 leader is a monster. https://t.co/GLSxxEsN9M
ICE director on historic MS-13 takedown: ‘I don’t think the gangs are very concerned about COVID’ | Just The News https://t.co/zUIp9CiZtc— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) July 16, 2020
An investigation led by ICE #HSI Las Vegas resulted in the criminal arrest of nearly a dozen members and associates of MS-13 Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California. READ MORE: https://t.co/yyvwXRbsbg pic.twitter.com/pVErLlKk1Q— ICE (@ICEgov) July 15, 2020