Dozens of MS-13 gangsters are rounded up in Los Angeles as police carry out pre-dawn raids to nab leaders of the brutal gang

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

Police arrested 21 MS-13 gang members at 40 different locations in Los Angeles
Hundreds of federal and local police stormed homes and storefronts on Wednesday to nab leaders of the brutal gang
They were arrested on various charges, including narcotics trafficking
The operation is the latest in an anti-racketeering case involving 44 members

17 May 2017

Dozens of high-ranking members of the notorious MS-13 street gang have been rounded up and arrested in Los Angeles in pre-dawn raids.

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement officers fanned out across the city early Wednesday morning as they stormed homes and storefronts to nab leaders of the brutal gang.

Authorities – headed by the FBI – arrested 21 people at more than 40 locations on various charges, including narcotics trafficking and other violent crimes.

Many of them were illegal immigrants.

The operation, which was part of a three-year investigation into the violent gang, is the latest step in a multi-agency anti-racketeering case.

The 21 arrested with ties to MS-13 were among the 44 people who are part of this racketeering case. Twenty of those are already serving time in jail and three are considered to be fugitives.

Three alleged MS-13 gangsters were charged in the racketeering indictment for murders they committed in connection with the gang’s activities.

Carlos Alfredo Cardoza Lopez, also known as ‘Little Boy,’ 23, is accused of fatally shooting an innocent bystander in the gang-controlled Little San Salvador Nightclub in August 2015. A friend of the murder victim was also stabbed during the attack.

Two other MS-13 members – Samuel Alexander Paredes Rivas, also known as ‘Blacky,’ 39, and Joffri Molina, also known as ‘Espia,’ 24 – are also charged with murder. Rivas is accused of murdering a man in August 2015 at a strip mall in Pacoima. Molina allegedly murdered a man in September 2015 on a street in North Hollywood.

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