NEWARK - U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman today announced the arrest of a dozen people he says are top-ranking members of the street gang MS-13. The arrests include the alleged leader of the gang's operations in the United States.
Jose Juan Rodriguez-Juarez, 34, allegedly served as the leader of MS-13's "national program."  Working with other associates, Rodriguez-Juarez allegedly sought to bring all of MS-13's local sets together as one cohesive unit.  The defendants allegedly wanted to use this formalized structure to facilitate new drug distribution channels.
During the investigation, law enforcement officials learned about a plot to murder two brothers - a plot that began on the streets of Hudson County.
One of the top deputies in the gang allegedly authorized the murders from inside a California state prison.
The defendants have been indicted on charges of drug trafficking, racketeering and other violent crimes.