7 MS-13 gang members arrested in North Texas sting operation

Federal prosecutors charged eight members of a violent gang in North Texas with attempted murder, conspiracy and weapons violations.

The suspects are part of MS-13, a gang with strong ties to Central America and one that President Donald Trump has made a priority for the justice department. Five of them are illegal immigrants.

The feds say the gang members committed several violent crimes around North Texas, including shotgun and machete attacks on rival gang members.

“One of the principle rules of MS-13 is that its members must attack and kill rivals,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “It's cold and calculating and ruthless.”

Prosecutors say the gang operated in several Irving parks and the city tunnel and carried out attacks in and around Dallas.

Seven of the suspects are in custody.

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