U.S. Attorney’s Office: MS-13 gang leaders indicted in racketeering case

A dozen top-ranking members of the international street gang “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13) – including the California man claiming control over the gang’s United States operations – are charged by indictment with racketeering, drug trafficking and related crimes, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.  

Jose Juan Rodriguez-Juarez, 34, allegedly served as the leader of MS-13’s “national program.” This program, also known as the “unification of the barrio,” sought to bring all of MS-13’s local sets, or “cliques,” in the United States under a single, cohesive leadership structure, led by Rodriguez-Juarez and his deputies, including Amilcar Romero, 44, and Joel Antonio Cortez, 40, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Attorney’s Office: MS-13 gang leaders indicted in racketeering case