Jose Juan Rodriguez-Juarez, alleged leader of MS-13 street gang, indicted

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

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman at a News

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman at a News Conference announcing the indictment of MS-13 gang members.

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.

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