GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Nine men have been indicted on federal charges for conspiracy to participate in murder for the MS-13 gang.
The following men were charged in the indictment:
- Jorge Enrique Moreno-Aguilar, aka Flaco and Castigato, 20, and Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana, aka Chele and Furia, 25, both of District Heights, Md.
- Melvin Marquez-Sanchez, aka Demente, 19, formerly of New York
- Francisco Hernandez, aka Chicle, 20, of Silver Spring, Md.
- Carlos Beltran-Flores, aka Joker, 22
- Wilmer Argueta, aka Chengo and Happy, 21
- Eric Antonio Mejia-Ramos, aka Flaco, 20
- Minor Perez-Chach, aka Minor Chach-Perez, Little Bad and Bryant Sacarias, 23, and Miguel Angel Manjivar, aka Garra and Masflow, 21, all of Hyattsville, Md.
The 12-count indictment alleges that from prior to 2009 to February 2014, the defendants were members and associates of MS-13 who planned and committed murders, attempted murders, assaults and robberies in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, according to officials.
MS-13 is a national and international gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador. Branches or "cliques" of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operate throughout Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.
The indictment alleges three murders:
- On Jan. 10, 2011, Manjivar and several other MS-13 members repeatedly stabbed two individuals believed to be affiliated with the rival 18th Street gang, killing one and attempting to kill the other.
- On Aug. 28, 2012, Mejia-Ramos and others murdered a woman believed to be a rival gang member by shooting her in the head.
- On Feb. 23, 2013, Perez-Chach and another MS-13 member murdered a person believed to be a former MS-13 member who had testified in federal court against several other members in a prior federal racketeering prosecution in Maryland, attacking him with a knife and machete.