A big win for law enforcement officials and prosecutors in New York City today.
The notorious MS-13 street gang in Suffolk County, New York, has been declared “inoperable,” law enforcement officials told ABC News.
Authorities plan to announce at a Friday afternoon press conference charges against 96 MS-13 gang members and associates in what’s described as the largest take down of the violent street gang in New York State history.
The two-year multi-agency investigation has thwarted seven alleged murder plots, prosecutors said.
Originally founded in Southern California by gang members from El Salvador, MS-13, known in Spanish as La Mara Salvatrucha, has been accused in recent years of brutal murders and assaults on eastern Long Island.
The “operation has dealt significant blow to MS-13 leadership in Long Island,” according to the media advisory sent by a spokeswoman for Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini.
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