275 years of imprisonment for Mara Salvatrucha leader

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A specialized court in El Salvador sentenced 275 years in prison to a leader of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) prosecuted for various crimes, reported this Sunday the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

According to a Public Ministry spokeswoman, the gang member Moses de Jesus Aparicio He faced criminal proceedings along with 11 other members of this structure for the crimes of aggravated extortion, aggravated homicide, proposition, conspiracy in the crime of aggravated homicide, illicit trafficking, terrorist organizations and others.

He indicated that the public hearing took place from October 6 to 9 and that the ruling occurred last Friday.

The highest penalties were imposed on Aparicio, to Vicente Martínez Torres (198 years in prison), Manuel Omar Valencia Mata (145 years old) and Luis Antonio Chavez Trejo (123 years old), the source indicated.

The MS13, a group that the United States seeks to eliminate, and the Barrio 18 have about 60,000 members distributed in more than 600 cells nationwide.

These gangs, a phenomenon considered a legacy of the civil war (1980-1992) and which was strengthened with the deportation of gang members from the United States, they have resisted the security plans implemented in the last four administrations.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC-ROPAN), money obtained through death threats is one of the gangs’ main sources of income.

“Extortion and retail drug trafficking, especially marijuana and, to a lesser extent, cocaine and other types of drugs, continue to be the main sources of income for the gangs,” UNODC expert Juan Gómez told Efe. Hecht last July.

He added that, as a result of confinement due to the covid-19 pandemic, gangs “have been impacted in a considerable decrease” in this source of funding.

“This decrease was predictable as many of the businesses that extorted money were closed and the decline in economic activity in the country,” explained Gómez.

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