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Law enforcement officials made a significant breakthrough in their battle against the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang with the arrest of Edenilson Velasquez Larin.
The 33-year-old alleged shot caller for the notorious gang was apprehended during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike near state Route 53 in Sandusky Township.
The arrest was initiated after authorities pulled over a rented Toyota Highlander where Larin was traveling following reports of tailgating.
The arrest resulted from a federal indictment charging Larin with ordering murders, drug distribution, and money laundering on behalf of the MS-13 gang in New York.
This apprehension marks a significant step towards dismantling the criminal operations of one of the country’s most dangerous and violent gangs.
Law enforcement officials are hopeful that Larin’s arrest will lead to further insights into the inner workings of the MS-13 gang and bring justice to their victims.
Edenilson Velasquez Larin-MS 13 Gang Leader Arrested
Edenilson Velasquez Larin, identified as an alleged shot caller for the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, has been apprehended following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.
The arrest occurred after Larin’s rented Toyota Highlander was pulled over for tailgating near state Route 53 in Sandusky Township.
Law enforcement officials, suspecting his involvement in serious criminal activities, reached out to Border Patrol agents for assistance during the stop.
The video footage from the body camera shows Larin’s compliance as he is searched for weapons and subsequently escorted to the back of a patrol vehicle.
Accompanying him were the driver, Gabriel Lopez, and back seat passenger, Blanca Garcia.
The latter admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, discovered during a subsequent search.
Larin, aged 33, faces a federal indictment that charges him with ordering murders, drug distribution, and money laundering on behalf of the MS-13 gang in New York.
The arrest not only removes a significant figure from the ranks of this deadly gang but also provides an opportunity for authorities to delve deeper into their criminal operations.
Garcia received a citation for marijuana possession, while Lopez and Velasquez Larin were transferred to agents for further investigation.
This apprehension marks a notable achievement in the ongoing efforts to combat the activities of the MS-13 gang, known for its involvement in heinous crimes.
By apprehending Edenilson Velasquez Larin, law enforcement takes a crucial step towards dismantling the gang’s operations and seeking justice for their victims.
What did Edenilson Velasquez Larin Do?
Edenilson Velasquez Larin, also known as “Agresor,” “Saturno,” and “Paco,” is facing a 46-count federal indictment that was unsealed recently.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Velasquez Larin is believed to be a key figure in a faction of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang.
The indictment charges him, along with others associated with the faction, with crimes such as racketeering conspiracy, numerous murders, acts of violence, drug distribution, and money laundering.
Prosecutors allege that Velasquez Larin issued orders for various acts of violence, including killing an individual at his Queens home in 2018.
They also accused MS-13 members of hunting down and eliminating rival gang members in 2019.
They also accused him of orchestrating the murder of a rival gang member in New York in 2021 in retaliation for an attack on an MS-13 member using a machete.
Notably, the targeted rival gang member survived the attempted murder.
In addition to the acts of violence, Velasquez Larin and other alleged gang members are accused of engaging in drug trafficking, specifically the sale of cocaine and marijuana, to generate funds for the gang.
The indictment further alleges that Velasquez Larin was involved in money laundering schemes, with large sums of money flowing from purported MS-13 members to him.
Law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, are dedicated to dismantling MS-13 and holding its leaders, members, and associates accountable for their criminal activities.
Velasquez Larin’s arrest and the subsequent charges reflect a commitment to combating the extreme violence and other offenses perpetrated by this transnational criminal organization.