Members of Plainfield Street Gang Indicted
By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
September 25, 2013
Federal authorities are going after local members of a violent international street gang.
Three former leaders of a Plainfield branch of “La Mara Salvatrucha,” or MS-13, have been indicted on charges of racketeering and murder. Eleven other members have been charged with a string of violent crimes.
US Attorney Paul Fishman says the indictment is the result of statewide efforts to remove the threat of gangs from local communities.
“Gangs like MS-13 use violent intimidation to take over neighborhoods. But our communities do not belong to them. The people of New Jersey should not have to fear stray bullets, they shouldn’t have to worry about the allure or the threat that gangs pose for their children, and those communities shouldn’t bear the scars of violence that these defendants and others like them inflict every day.”
Union County Prosecutor Grace Park calls the indictment a huge hit to gang violence in Plainfield.