Questions about importing crime: MS-13 implicated in kidnapping, torture of teens

MS-13 arrests

Photo of MS-13 gang members being arrested. (FBI)

Is the U.S. importing crime? That question is appropriate as news breaks about gang members allegedly kidnapping and torturing  two teens in Minnesota because of missing drugs.

The FBI said:

“United States Attorney Andrew Luger announced today that a United States grand jury indicted four men for their roles in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization and a violent kidnapping in St. Paul. The indictment, returned on May 5, 2014 and unsealed today, charges Jesus Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles, California; Jonatan Delgado Alvarez, 22, of Los Angeles, California; Juan Ricardo Elenes Villalvazo, a.k.a. Chapo, 32, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Antonio Navarro a.k.a. Tony Sanchez, 19, of St. Paul, Minnesota.”

The suspects, who media suggest acted as enforcers for the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, are allegedly members in MS-13. The FBI formed a special task force dedicated to dealing with this gang under the administration of President George W. Bush. The FBI described the MS-13 gang [underscore added]:

“Members of Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13, who are mostly Salvadoran nationals or first generation Salvadoran-Americans, but also Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and other Central and South American immigrants.”

The defendants believed the two teens had ripped off 30 pounds of methamphetamine from a stash house in St. Paul. After torturing a 16 year old boy, the defendants cut off his finger, “nearly severing it”, while one defendant held the victim down.

Ultimately, the defendants let the boys go because they didn’t know anything about the drugs. The Star Tribune (St. Paul) said:

“By the wee hours of April 15, the kidnappers were hitting a roadblock. Torture, beatings and death threats had failed to produce any leads on the missing drugs and money. Eventually, the victims overheard the kidnappers speculating that someone inside the cartel might be guilty of the theft, according to court documents, and their suspicions turned to others with knowledge of the stash house.”

The paper said Antonio Navarro from Glendale, Arizona had been hired to keep watch over the stash house, and Navarro fingered a 19 year old boy he’d smoked pot with. The 16-year-old whose finger was almost severed happened to be with the 19-year-old when the defendants abducted them at gunpoint. Apparently the fact Navarro had smoked pot with one boy was the only “evidence” the defendants needed to enforce their vigilante justice.

No information was included in the FBI news release about the defendants’ immigration status. At least two of these defendants would be tagged by “progressives” politically as “dreamers” if they were in the country illegally for a period of time specified by the White House.

In 2008 the FBI said, “MS-13 operates in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia and has about 6,000-10,000 members nationwide. Currently, the threat is highest in the western and northeastern parts of the country.”

Since that time, the gang’s membership is believed to have expanded to around 70,000 members, according to The Star Tribune. That would represent a large expansion in the 6 years since Obama took office and crafted de facto immigration legislation from the White House.

Besides refusing to disclose immigration status, the government does not divulge the total cost of criminal justice and healthcare resources due to trauma in dealing with gangs like MS-13.

The kidnappers threatened the boys’ lives and those of their families if police were contacted.

Dennis Michael Lynch, an investigative filmmaker whose work has been attacked by progressives on pop culture entertainment and news shows, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly there are approximately 1.4 million gang members of various types in the U.S., many of them involved in the $20 billion drug sector. Atlanta, said Lynch, is “overrun.”

The government does a disservice and so do media when crimes like this occur. The gang comprises many members in the U.S. illegally. When arrests are made, immigration status should be disclosed.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 8, 2014)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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