MS-13 Gang Seen as Growing Threat

Authorities target group in Texas and across U.S.

"When we apprehend these guys, they clearly are not afraid of the courts or law enforcement," said Mr. Cervantes of the Border Patrol. "And when they get deported, it won't be long until they return. To follow the smuggling route from Honduras takes about a month."


Gang Violence in N. Texas

Three examples of known MS-13 activity in the Dallas area:

March 2005: A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face in northwest Dallas but survived. MS-13 members were detained by police and immigration officers.

March 2005: Eduardo Galicia, 19, was playing soccer near Bachman Lake when he was approached by a gunman who asked, "What gang are you down with?" According to a police report, Mr. Galicia replied that he was not a gang member and turned to walk away. He was shot in the back of the head and killed. Suspected MS-13 members were arrested and charged.

December 2001: A 21-year-old Javier Calzada, 21, was shot to death in Grand Prairie. Later, MS-13 member Brenda Paz, who had turned government witness after moving to Virginia, told police she witnessed the shooting by other gang members. She was found stabbed to death and nearly decapitated along the Shenandoah River in 2003.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News research

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