BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have indicted four alleged members of the MS-13 street gang on racketeering charges that include murder allegations.
The U.S. Attorney in Maryland announced the indictments Tuesday against three Aspen Hill, Maryland, residents: 24-year-old Daniel Flores-Ventura, 31-year-old Vilas Sail Argueta-Bermudez and 24-year-old Michael Campos-Lemus, as well as 25-year-old Willians Ernesto Lovos-Ayala of Woodbridge, Virginia.
The indictment says the men participated in the July 2015 murder of Guillermo Hernandez Leyva to increase their standing in the gang. Leyva’s body was discovered in Woodbridge but authorities believe the slaying occurred in Maryland.
The men were arrested in 2017 and initially faced murder charges in Virginia. But those charges were dropped in favor of the federal prosecution.
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The killing was one of several that marked a resurgence of MS-13 in the region.