Nearly 100 charged in New York in ‘unprecedented’ bust of MS-13 gang

More than 230 alleged MS-13 members were arrested worldwide in what is being called an unprecedented investigation. 

By Phil Helsel | NBC News |

Drugs and a weapon on display at the announcement of charges against nearly 100 members of MS-13 and associates on Long Island on Dec. 20, 2019.WNBC

Nearly 100 alleged members of the violent MS-13 gang and associates have been charged on New York’s Long Island, in one of the largest takedowns of the criminal enterprise in U.S. history, officials said.

The charges against 96 accused members and associates in Suffolk County were the results of a nearly two-year investigation, which the county district attorney’s office said thwarted seven murder plots.

More than 230 alleged gang members were arrested worldwide, including in El Salvador and Baltimore, authorities said. Ray Donovan, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge for the New York division, called it an “unprecedented” investigation.

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