How large an issue is the MS-13 gang on Lengthy Island?
Regulation enforcement has launched conflicting numbers for what number of members the gang has in Nassau and Suffolk counties since a crackdown started two years in the past, starting from a number of hundred to hundreds.
The questions come days after a gang member was sentenced to many years in jail — however dodged a life sentence — for the brutal homicide of 4 folks in a Central Islip, Lengthy Island, park in 2017.
Whereas the gang’s viciousness isn’t disputed, Newsday reviews its measurement and attain are up for debate.
A yr in the past, John Cronan, now the principal deputy assistant U.S. Legal professional Common, stated there are roughly 2,000 MS-13 members on Lengthy Island.
However different regulation enforcement officers and researchers say there are far fewer full-fledged members of the gang within the two counties, together with testimony earlier than the US Senate that pegged the quantity at about 400.
The Suffolk County Police Division advised Newsday it has are available contact with “roughly 400 confirmed MS-13 gang members” up to now few years, and “roughly 200 documented MS-13 associates.” Nevertheless, not all of them are primarily based on Lengthy Island.