A multi-agency investigation has led to charges against 10 alleged members and associates of La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal organization more commonly known as MS-13.
ICE announced in a press release that 10 individuals are now facing various charges, ranging from murder in-aid-of racketeering to firearms offenses and marijuana distribution, following an investigation that was prompted by the murders of three individuals, including one that took place on a subway platform in Queens, New York.
Three of the men are charged with the murder of 17-year-old Andy Peralta of Queens in April. 2018. The men are accused of fatally beating, stabbing and strangling Peralta before photographing themselves flashing gang signs above the victim's corpse. The men mistakenly believed the victim had a tattoo indicating affiliation with the rival Latin Kings street gang.