Two Dozen Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Violent Crimes, Murdering and Dismembering 21-Year-Old Woman

Two dozen people with alleged ties to the MS-13 gang have been charged with violent racketeering, money-laundering conspiracies and murder, according to a statement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The six-count indictment claims that 24 alleged MS-13 gang members engaged in murders, conspiracies to commit murder, attempted murders, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, money laundering and drug trafficking from 2015 through 2017 in Maryland, according to the statement from July 2.

The MS-13 gang is an international gang that originated from El Salvador and recruits immigrants from the country. In Maryland, the gang is prominent in counties like Frederick County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George's County and Montgomery County, according to the statement.

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Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) ICE agents detain a suspected MS-13 gang member and Honduran immigrant at his home, in Brentwood, New York, on March 29. Twenty-four people with alleged ties to MS-13 were charged with violent crimes and murder on July 2 in Maryland, according to federal authorities. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

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"MS-13 is one of the most violent and ruthless gangs on the streets today. Working with our state and local partners, and using the tools of our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, we are determined to dismantle this organization to make our communities in Maryland safer," said Robert K. Hur, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

The defendants listed are accused of murdering five people in Frederick, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties in Maryland, according to the statement. Some are also accused of kidnapping and murdering Jennifer Rivera-Lopez, 21, who was reportedly found dismembered and found in Crownsville, Maryland, WBFF reported.

Twenty-one people have been accused of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise with the MS-13. The accused are listed as Jorge Raul "Pelon" Guerra Castillo, age 36; Carlos "Positivo" Hernandez Diaz, age 25; Milton "Little Gangster" Portillo Rodriguez, age 23; Juan Carlos "Picaro" Sandoval Rodriguez, age 19; Francisco "Tepo" Ramirez Pena, age 24; Jose Alberto "Chango" Sibrian Garcia, age 26; Darwin Arias "City Boy" Mejia, age 25; Miguel "Timido" Lopez Abrego, age 30; Albaro "Slow" Rosa Moreno, age 23; Ervin Arrue "Tricky" Figureoa, age 19; Ronald Mendez Sosa, age 20; Edwin "Sylvestre" Ruiz Urrutia, age 19; Brenda Argueta "Prima" Argueta, age 19; Carlos "Pantaya" Ventura Morales, age 30; and Danny "Titre" Hernandez Solorzano, age 20.

"We will not allow MS-13 and its members or their affiliates to bring their nefarious and deadly activities into our neighborhoods," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant in the statement. "I am proud of the dedicated agents who have duly executed their duties in our collective pursuit of law, order and justice."

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In addition to those charged, 11 people have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering. They are Darvin "Chapin" Guerra Zacarias, age 26, and Luis Fernando "Catra" Cruz Rodriguez, age 21. Others who have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering include Guerra Castillo, Hernandez Diaz, Portillo Rodriguez, Sandoval Rodriguez, Ramirez Pena, Arias Mejia, Rosa Moreno, Arrue Figueroa, Mendez Sosa, Ruiz Urrutia, and Argueta Argueta, according to the statement.

Samuel "Pequeno" Diaz-Ramos, age 32, has been also charged with money laundering conspiracy.

Authorities in Long Island, New York, are currently searching for a teenager who has been missing for 13 days. The teen's family believes the 19-year-old may have had ties to the MS-13 gang, which could have resulted in his disappearance.

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