17 MS-13 Members Arrested In Massive Blow To Deadly Gang: DA

Seventeen MS-13 gang members on Long Island and around the country were arrested in an operation that spanned multiple states and countries and led to the arrest of the leader of MS-13 in the Northeast and stopped $1 million of heroin from reaching the streets, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Thursday.

The 17 alleged gang members, many of whom have not been named because of pending extradition, are all charged with various crimes, including second-degree murder, operating as a major trafficker and second-degree conspiracy. But all 17 face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the top charges against them.

Among those arrested was the alleged leader of MS-13's operations in the Northeast, along with many other high-ranking gang members. In addition, the investigation exposed the gangs domestic and international connections and business methods. Singas said it was a massive blow to the criminal organization that was one of the biggest gang takedowns her office has ever seen.

Frederick teen pleads guilty to May machete assault

A Frederick teenager accused of attacking two other young men with a machete as they exited a school bus pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

Alejandro Daniel Rodriguez, 17, was sentenced to 18 months in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and one count of participating in a criminal gang.

Rodriguez and another Frederick teenager were accused of attacking two others with a machete near Key Parkway and Waverley Drive.

Witnesses told police they saw two young men attack two others getting off a public school bus around 2:45 p.m. One of the suspects, later identified as Rodriguez, tried to hit the victims with a machete, witnesses said.