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 April 3, 2005
The Investigators
Local Gang With Ties to Al Qaeda?
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Local Gang With Ties to Al Qaeda?

Mara Salvatrucha 13 has purported ties Al Qaeda

The thirteen is part of its fear factor.  Investigators saying gang members try to commit much of their signature violence on the 13th of the month.  They usually mark their territory with blue spray paint.  But local officers and federal agents say the gang goes far beyond graffiti.


They are bold, brash, and very dangerous. Beatings are used as rituals to see if the kid getting pummeled is tough enough to be a member of Mara Salvatrucha.  They traffic drugs, guns, illegal aliens and they protect their industry with the power of violence. The crime scenes they leave behind are said to be worst than most.


A Bristol County House of Corrections inmate was a soldier in the gangs.  The weapon of choice in several cases is the machete.  At one crime scene, a victim was missing three fingers.

In rapes, robberies, they killed three federal agents.


One local concern is recruitment within the prison. He would only shake his head about whether that's going on here where he was put for stabbing someone bad enough to leave them in a wheelchair.


With evidence MS 13 is growing and with four known members in his jail the sheriff says his officers focus on pulling the gangs roots before they grow.


The inmate tells officials he wants out of the gang that he believes they set him up and then deserted him.  But he implies getting out alive may be next to impossible.


The sheriff says the gang's violent nature and ability to smuggle guns is attracting an alliance with al Qaeda.  A Texas congressman criticized the feds for not doing enough.  A FBI spokesman says a clear link between the gang and the terrorists is not established.


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