“Of the 22 defendants, 19 had entered the United States illegally in the past three or four years, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.”
Members and associates of the MS-13 gang committed seven murders, including several in which victims were hacked to death with machetes in a Southern California forest, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday.
MS-13 is a street gang largely made up of illegal immigrants, the majority of which are from El Salvador.
The indictment by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charges 22 people linked to a subset of the gang known as the Fulton clique. 19 of 22 people charged are illegal immigrants that recently entered the United States. They are suspected of nearly 200 crimes in several states over nine years, the indictment said.