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CAIRCO Background research - Why MS 13 matters to you - even in Colorado

October 15, 2012
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Why MS 13 matters to us all - with thanks to the following reports from the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Center for Immigration Studies and USA Today.

2002

Brenda Paz, an MS-13 member turned informant, talked about similar crimes. She told Texas detectives in late 2002 that MS-13 rings fenced goods through businesses owned by Middle Easterners, said Greg Hunter, Paz's attorney.
 

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2003

One of the girls, Brenda "Smiley" Paz, then 15 ...  was running with a crew of MS-13 members... Paz told investigators that she and Flores traveled to meet MS-13 leaders in Eagle County, Colo.; Seattle; San Diego; Tijuana;  and Meridian, Idaho, ...  said attorney Greg Hunter, appointed as Paz's legal guardian because she was an unsupervised minor.

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2005

Inside a sparsely furnished motel room in Fairfax County, members of the violent street gang Mara Salvatrucha cemented the details of a death decree. While the men debated, the women waited in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Fairfax at Fair Oaks Mall. Brenda Paz, 17, stood among them, unaware that in Room 318, it was her fate the men were deciding ... According to testimony, Paz, 16 weeks pregnant, fell asleep that night on the floor of the motel room...                              

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2007

* Transnational immigrant gangs are spreading out across the United States, in suburban and rural areas as well as in established urban street gang environments. We found MS-13 activity in 48 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
 

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2012

The Obama administration has labeled MS-13, a violent Central American street gang operating in the United States, as a transnational criminal organization, the first time the designation has been used on that kind of group.

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