Maryland MS-13 Program Leader Pleads Guilty To Violent Racketeering Conspiracy

This week, it was announced that 25-year-old Jose Augustin Salmeron-Larios of Severn, Maryland had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as MS-13. The defendant also pleaded guilty to attempted murder in aid of racketeering and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. MS-13 has members operating in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick County.

Branches frequently work together to engage in criminal activity and to avoid detection by law enforcement. There are several cliques in Maryland, including the Parkview Locos Salvatrucha (PVLS), Sailors Locos Salvatrucha Westside and more. These cliques often work together in groups known as programs. According to the defendant’s plea agreement, he admitted to being a member of the PVLS clique and serving as the MS-13 Maryland Program Leader from January of 2015 through September of 2016.

In April of 2015, the defendant and other MS-13 members traveled to New York to discuss MS-13 business with others. On November 7, 2015, he and other members traveled to Hyattsville, Maryland with the intention of killing someone who was believed to be a member of the 18th Street Gang. The victim was lured to a location in Hyattsville. The victim was ultimately shot in the face. Despite surviving the shooting, the victim lost an eye and was permanently disfigured.

Sentencing has been scheduled for December 7, 2018. Additional details have been made available here.

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