Teen accused of being an MS-13 member released from detention center

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A Bellport teen is back home after spending seven months behind bars and accused of being a gang member.

The 17-year-old, whose identity is being protected, says he was wrongly accused of being a member of the MS-13 gang.

Last April, the teen was suspended from Bellport High School after allegedly flashing a gang sign in a hallway.

The teen was then arrested during a federal crackdown known as “Operation Matador.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on his behalf.

The teen was released from a federal detention center after the suit was filed last week.

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