NASSAU, New York – A New York grand jury indicted more than a dozen alleged members of MS-13 with the help of law enforcement in our area.
Bedford Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance attended a news conference in New York Thursday where the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder were announced for 17 alleged gang members and associates accused of killing a teen with a machete.
These arrests are the result of a seven-month investigation that spanned from the New York area to Virginia, Maryland and overseas.
The charges were the direct result of months of cooperation and information sharing with several agencies, including the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the Lynchburg Police Department and Virginia State Police.
"This is one of the biggest takedowns we've had in this office certainly but more importantly this investigation has given us information we didn't have before. The investigation definitely revealed that MS-13 has expanded its reach internationally," said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.
MS-13 has been linked to violent crime in our area.
Investigators say three members of the gang's "sailors clique," Lasandro Vasquez, Cristian Sanchez-Gomez and Kevin Soto-Bonilla, were brought from Maryland to Bedford County to meet up with Victor Rodas and Jose Coreas-Ventura.
All five are charged in connection to the March 2017 murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood and are currently awaiting trial.