High-ranking member of MS-13, Erick Turcios-Lazo was convicted in federal court in Alexandria for putting out a ‘green light’ code to kill a female member of the gang. Her crime was suspicion of cooperating with law enforcement. Turcios-Lazo headed the Silvas Locos Salvatrucha, one of the sub-groups of MS-13 located in Northern VA. He was 2nd in command in the region.
MS-13 has roots in El Salvador and Los Angeles. Authorities are targeting leaders in an attempt to curb gang violence. Recruitment reaches into high schools and middle schools.
The Washington Post reports:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Hatch cited “the history in this courthouse” in arguing for the toughest possible sentence for Turcios-Lazo, 22. He said MS-13 monitors cases and sends members into court to observe who may be working with the government.
“This effort by the members and leaders of the gang to wipe out anyone who cooperates will not be tolerated,” Hatch said.
Gang violence is also being targeted in Maryland, where 20 gang members have been imprisoned on racketeering convictions.
One word says it all. Good.
There was no mention of the status of Turcios-Lazo. He seems like a good candidate for deportation at the end of his 10 year sentence, however.
No one wants or needs mob rule. Parents need to find out all they can about gangs to ensure that their own kids don’t get sucked into this whirlwind of destructive behavior.