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FBI arrests MS-13 members for alleged drug trafficking, extortion

EL SALVADOR-MS13 -18 ST-GANGS

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A member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), is pictured on Monday, March 4, 2013, in the Criminal Center of Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel, 160 km east of San Salvador, one year after the cessation of the violence between the rivalry of two large gangs in El Salvador, MS13 and 18 st.

On Tuesday, federal authorities announced the arrest of 19 suspects associated with the Mara Salvatrucha-13, or MS-13, the street gang that has roots both in Los Angeles and El Salvador.

The FBI says the arrests are the result of a two-year investigation and included collaboration among ICE, the IRS and Los Angeles police. Suspects are charged with crimes related to methamphetamine distribution throughout the city, including in MacArthur and Lafayette Parks.

For more, we're joined by Robert Clark, FBI assistant special agent in charge of the violent gang task force for the Bureau's Los Angeles office.


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