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Feds bust alleged MS-13 gang members in metro Denver

Judi Villa
Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News photoAlleged members of the Salvadorian MS-13 street gang, their associates, and their sources of illegal drug supply were arrested early this morning based on two federal grand jury indictments, the Justice Department and the Metro Gang Task Force announced. Of the 20 defendants, 8 were arrested this morning and four are fugitives. Not all of the detainees are MS-13 members, but are considered a significant component of the web of organized crime.

DENVER, Colorado “-Multiple arrests were made this morning following a three-year investigation into a violent gang operating in metro Denver, Colorado.

Details are sketchy but federal officials say they targeted MS-13 gang members, their associates and their sources of illegal drug supply.

MS-13 gang members are mostly Salvadoran nationals and first generation Salvadoran-Americans who use violence, from assaults to homicides, to intimidate rival gangs, law enforcement and the public, according to an FBI national threat assessment.

The gang has an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 members in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia. Their threat is highest in the western and northeastern parts of the country, according to the FBI.

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