Singas: Indictments of 17 MS-13 members shows international reach

Posted: Updated:

Nassau officials announced the indictment of 17 alleged MS-13 members Thursday in an investigation that revealed how far-reaching the street gang has become.  

It included murder charges for two men accused of killing a teenager and dumping his body in Roosevelt.

David Sosa-Guevara, 26, and Victor Lopez, 29, are accused of luring 16-year-old Angel Soler into the woods in Roosevelt, killing him with a machete and then burying him in concrete last year. Sosa-Guevara was arrested and charged in the murder of Soler back in November after fleeing to Maryland.

The arrests were the result of a wider seven-month investigation that spanned from Long Island to New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Texas and overseas.

Authorities also say information gathered through wiretaps in the investigation prevented at least three homicides and brought to light new information about just how organized the international gang is.

“This is one of the biggest takedowns we've had in this office certainly, but more importantly, this investigation has given us information we didn't have before,” said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.

During the investigation, authorities say MS-13 members in the U.S. and in El Salvador were making calls to fellow gang members in Mexico, Australia, France, Korea and Egypt to name a few.

Singas says they are hoping the takedown will essentially disable two of the major MS-13 cliques on Long Island – the Sailors and Hollywood. The arrests included the alleged local leaders of both, as well as the regional director of MS-13 Sailors clique for the entire east coast of the United States.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."