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Attorney General William Barr has confirmed the arrest of several MS-13 leaders and urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of at least one who killed seven people in less than 12 months.

The crackdown also marks the first time the Justice Department has brought terrorism-related charges against the transnational criminal gang.

The Washington Free Beacon’s Jack Beyrer reports:

“In 2017, the President directed the Department of Justice to go to war against MS-13, and we did just that,” Barr said Thursday. “While there is still work to be done, the Department of Justice remains committed to protecting Americans threatened by MS-13, and we will not rest until we have successfully defeated this transnational criminal organization.”

MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha gang, is an international criminal organization with up to 50,000 members. The gang is based in Central America, but has a large presence in California, North Carolina, and on Long Island. MS-13 has made headlines for “ultraviolent” enforcement of its drug trafficking and territory holdings. Barr referred to the gang as “one of the most dangerous groups in America” in 2018.

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Successful prosecutions come as the Department of Justice pursues a broader anti-gang strategic approach. Last week, the department announced its interest in tackling another ascendant violent gang—the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which operates on both sides of the U.S. border.

Local, state, and national authorities have made combating MS-13 a priority in recent years. A 2019 investigation on Long Island led to the arrest of 96 members on a litany of charges including murder, drug trafficking, weapons possession, and gang violence.

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  1. Good for you Nancy! You love these people so much we are going to send an invitation to them to gather at your house so they can come over and enjoy some tea and crumpets you will personally serve to them. This way, you can all get together and have a stimulating conversation about the world today as well as their aspirations, hopes and dreams. It should be a Marvelous time together. Just make sure you invite plenty of the fake news press to save this glorious moment for all of us to see! Better start getting ready for the big party now so you are prepared for it! Have fun and we will watch for it on the news.

  2. Heck, with the headline Barr drops hammer on ruthless savage gang, I thought he was finally going after the most ruthless savage gang of all, the democrats!

  3. Are you waiting for it. How soon will the Democrats file a case in some corrupt federal judges’ court, blocking enforcement of the laws against THEIR SUPPORTERS.

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