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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Agencies join forces to tackle violent gangs

20080630224511pic494491051_r350x200 Federal law enforcement authorities have coupled multi-agency task forces with strategies that once focused on Mafia-era crime syndicates to target national and international gangs, many of which have brought warfare to the nation's cities.

With a propensity for indiscriminate violence, intimidation and coercion, some of the gangs are considered security threats. One of the largest is Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, with an FBI estimate of 10,000 members in 42 states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District.

Federal law enforcement authorities have coupled multi-agency task forces with strategies that once focused on Mafia-era crime syndicates to target national and international gangs, many of which have brought warfare to the nation's cities.

With a propensity for indiscriminate violence, intimidation and coercion, some of the gangs are considered security threats. One of the largest is Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, with an FBI estimate of 10,000 members in 42 states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District. [Mark Godsey]

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The crimes these gangs are committing are horrible. I am glad the feds are cracking down on them and I cant believe they are this organized. Our cities have become warzones !!!

Posted by: Marc | Jul 2, 2008 3:29:48 PM

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