UPDATE: 8/31/2018 12:47 p.m. The U.S. attorney in Sacramento says more than two dozen MS-13 gang members and affiliates have been charged following a murder and drug trafficking investigation centered on a rural California farm city.
McGregor Scott said Thursday the notorious street gang took advantage of an understaffed police department in Mendota and terrorized the city of about 11,000 people. Scott was expected to announce the murder, assault and drug trafficking charges on Friday.
Mendota lies about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west of Fresno in California’s agriculturally rich Central Valley.
MS-13, or La Mara Salvatrucha, was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s by refugees from El Salvador. President Donald Trump has singled out the gang as a threat to the U.S.