Suspected members of the MS-13 gang are escorted to their arraignment in Mineola, N.Y., Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Nassau County Reveals MS-13 Bust in Multistate Probe

More than a dozen alleged members face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

More than a dozen alleged members of a Central American gang have been indicted on a range of crime in connection with an investigation that spanned five states and El Salvador. The crimes include murder, conspiracy and drug trafficking. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office accused the alleged members of the MS-13 gang of killing and mutilating a 15-year-old boy with a machete in July 2017 and then covering his body with cement to hide the crime, writes The Wall Street Journal. Prosecutors also alleged the defendants conspired to kill three additional people in the county, as well as in Elizabeth, N.J. and in Prince George’s County, Maryland. There are 17 defendants in the 21-count indictment. They all face 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges. Nassau County’s seven-month investigation involved 22 agencies in the U.S. began in May 2017 as a narcotics trafficking case, according to WSJ. 

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal