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terror charges US officials accuse 14 MS-13 gang leaders of directing 'wave of death'

Borremeo Enrique Henriquez, or the "Diablito de Hollywood" (Hollywood's little devil) was labelled as the most powerful gang member.

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Several gang members of the infamous Salvadoran group MS-13 are facing multiple counts of terrorism for alleged violence spanning 20 years.

The US Department of Justice announced that 14 members of the gang’s leadership council - known as Ranfla Nacional - are facing charges of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, conspiracy to finance terrorism, and conspiracy of narco-terrorism.

MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, are a street gang that originated in Los Angeles in the 1970s originally as a way to defend themselves against other gangs.

However, they soon became a more traditional gang as well.

Borremeo Enrique Henriquez, or the "Diablito de Hollywood" (Hollywood's little devil) was labelled as the most powerful member of the Ranfla Nacional by the Department of Justice.

Mr Henriquez is currently in prison in El Salvador, but the US are seeking to extradite him, along with 10 others.

Supposedly, they are still running the gang from inside prison.

The FBI are offering $20,000 in rewards for three other members who remain at large, while the Justice Department attempts to extradite the 11 other members currently locked up in El Salvador.

The department says the remaining free members are Fredy Ivan Jandres-Parada, aka “Lucky de Park View”, Hugo Armando Quinteros-Mineros, aka “Flaco de Francis”, and Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios, aka “El Grenas de Stoners”.

They are to be considered armed and dangerous.

“They directed acts of violence and murder in El Salvador, the United States, and elsewhere, established military-style training camps for its members and obtained military weapons such as rifles, handguns, grenades, improvised explosive devices and rocket launchers,” the US Department of Justice said in a statement.“

As leaders of MS-13, the defendants controlled swaths of territory and engaged in public relations efforts on behalf of the transnational criminal organization.”

Most of the gang’s victims are central Americans, with many of them being minors. When many central Americans first arrived in the US decades ago, their children weren’t admitted to many schools.

As a result, these kids had little to do and were easily led into the gang. It’s not surprising then that many of the suspects arrested for possibly being involved with MS-13 are minors.

The Department of Justice went on to discuss the gang, saying: “Further, the defendants used MS-13’s large membership in the United States to engage in criminal activities, such as drug trafficking and extortion to raise money to support MS-13’s terrorist activities in El Salvador and elsewhere, and directed members in the United States to commit acts of violence, including murders, to further its goals.”

In El Salvador, it is believed that MS-13 and the Eighteenth Street Gang employ around 60,000 people between them, making them the largest employers in the country.

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