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Sunday, February 26, 2023

13 High-Ranking Leaders of MS-13 Charged with Narco-Terrorism & Racketeering

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

A four-count indictment was unsealed today in Federal Court in Central Islip, charging 13 of the highest-ranking MS-13 leaders in the world with directing the transnational criminal organization’s criminal activities in the United States, El Salvador, Mexico, and elsewhere, over the past two decades. 

The defendants are charged with racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to provide or conceal material support to terrorists, and narco-terrorism conspiracy. Four of the defendants are indicted on an alien smuggling conspiracy.

“Today’s action makes clear that there is no hiding place, anywhere in the world, for the leaders of violent gangs that terrorize American communities,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The Justice Department will continue to use the full force of our law enforcement authorities to disrupt and dismantle MS-13 and other transnational criminal organizations and hold their leaders accountable.”

“The FBI will continue to vigorously investigate and hold transnational organized groups like MS-13 and their leaders accountable for the continued violent and terrorist criminal activities they orchestrate,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Today’s indictment demonstrates the FBI’s reach and commitment to seeking justice against those individuals who jeopardize American lives and liberty. We will never stop coordinating with our international partners to protect our respective citizens from MS-13 and other gangs wherever they are.”

“The relentless and heroic efforts of law enforcement here and in Central America are systemically dismantling the MS-13 from the very top to bottom, and we will not stop until this transnational gang and its leaders are held accountable for the extreme violence they have inflicted on our district, the United States and the countries where this scourge is based,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York.

Extradited from Mexico to the United States

Vladimir Antonio Arevalo-Chavez, aka Vampiro de Monserrat Criminales

Walter Yovani Hernandez-Rivera, aka Baxter de Park View and Bastard de Park View

Marlon Antonio Menjivar-Portillo, aka Rojo de Park View

Arevalo-Chavez, Hernandez-Rivera, and Menjivar-Portillo arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and were placed under arrest by the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The defendants had their initial appearances in the Southern District of Texas, pending removal to the Eastern District of New York.

Four co-defendants, Jose Wilfredo Ayala-Alcantara, Indio de Hollywood, Jorge Alexander De La Cruz, Cruger de Peatonales, Juan Antonio Martinez-Abrego, aka Mary Jane de Hollywood, and Francisco Javier Roman-Bardales, also known as Veterano de Tribus, remain at large.

Thousands of MS-13 & Barrio-18 Gang Members in One Mega Prison

These indictments come at the same time that El Salvador has started to fill its mega-prison with a transfer of 2,000 gang members and criminals, including members of MS-13 and Barrio-18.

"Today at dawn, in a single operation, we transferred the first 2,000 gang members to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT)," El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele wrote on Twitter. "This will be their new home, where they won't be able to do any more harm to the population."

The prisoners can be seen sitting tightly packed together on the floor of the facility with their hands behind their heads while they stare down at their feet.

The new 40,000-person facility opened last month after an accelerated building schedule, doubling El Salvador’s prison capacity in less than a year. The prison is one of Latin America’s largest, with 37 guard towers and eight cellblocks that will be "impossible to escape."

Bukele declared a "state of exception" in March 2022 as he empowered his government to crack down on gang members by loosening the country’s arrest laws, such as no longer requiring a warrant for an arrest and granting the government access to citizens’ communications.

He pushed through the new measure following three days of violence that left 87 people dead. Bukele blamed MS-13 for the violence, and authorities claimed that they had captured the MS-13 leaders who had ordered the killings, during the statewide sweep.


  1. Saw this last week, and was curious about the narco terrorism charges, something I didn't know much about, and assumed, (I think mostly correctly) that this was mostly applied in Afghanistan, Syria, places like that.

    So, there is a terrorism statute that federal prosecutors use, but rarely in Mexico. They also applied a similar charge to I believe Maduro, and the Honduras governor charged in the Southern District.

    1. They're starting to keep it real.

    2. Narco Terrorism has been applied to FARC, AUC (Clan del Golfo), Maduro/Soles Cartel in Venezuela, and in mid east with the Taliban, Hamas, Hezzbollah etc. Mainly for terrorist groups that get a lot of their funding for political violence/terrorism through drug trafficking, FARC being a big one.

      MS-13 is more of the opposite but the DOJ has justified previously charging MS13 with narco terrorism stating they use violence to, "obtain concessions from the government of El Salvador, achieve political goals, and retaliate for government actions against MS13’s members and leaders.”

  2. Good, I know a woman who was raped by these bastards when she was 12

  3. Nayib Bukele is as much shit as these gang member cerotes! Fool is all over twitter getting praise for acting like Hitler. I understand people want to be safe but till they’ll get snatched up and placed in a concentration camp. All in the name of peace in security, read scripture don’t be fooled!

    1. 1:06 if you have a huge 13 in your forhead what do you expect?

  4. Does MS13 pills big weights within mexican cartel organizations?

    1. Research the 2 deaths at USP Beaumont and subsequent BOP shutdown in Feb 2022

  5. This is a dangerous precedent. It's about access to funds, and blurring the legal lines as a test case.

    1. The DOJ put similar narco terrorist charges on MS13 leaders a few years ago too.

    2. They did, and they are trying again because it didn't have the effect that was hoped for. Countries like El Salvador have been used as guinea pigs for wider political and funding battles for decades.

  6. Just throw them off helicopters in the middle of the ocean several thousand less to worry about fight fire with fire.

  7. Those bums came to the US in the 1980s as kids after they were sponsored to stay and while their parents were working these zero ingrates were out on the streets of big cities acting like the L.A gangs and got deported after committing crimes and started growing like mice and terrorizing their home countries it's about time those governments did something.

  8. Willing to bet that Bukele is somehow invested in the new super jail that opens up after huge jump in arrests due to new unconstitutional laws. Jails are big $$ .... more prisoners, more gov $$

  9. When they make them sit so close like that, it would be better and a lot more creative if they would make them spell their gang initials with their bodies. Just my opinion.


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