Alleged MS-13 gang members indicted on murder, drug charges

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island authorities say a grand jury has indicted alleged members of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang on a slew of charges including murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas is expected to discuss the charges at a news conference Thursday afternoon, along with officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Federal prosecutors believe MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, has thousands of members across the country, mostly Central American immigrants.

The gang is believed to be behind 25 killings on Long Island in the past two years and has become a prime target of the Trump administration. Both President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions have come to Long Island to speak out against the gang.