On Wednesday, June 21, the U.S. Attorney’s Office unsealed a superseding indictment charging 23 suspected MS-13 gang members, six of them from Long Island, with attempted murder, racketeering and other counts.

Seven of the 23 had previously been indicted and arrested, and the newly indicted were arrested in the days leading up to Wednesday, June 21.

The original indictment charged seven alleged members with the murders of Andy Peralta in April 2018, Victor Alvarenga in November 2018, and murdered Abel Mosso in February 2009.

With the updated indictment, six more people have been charged in connection with the three murders.

These include a member who lured Peralta to the park where he was killed, a member who oversaw Mosso’s murder, and allegations that state leader Edenilson Velasquez Larin authorized the gang to kill Alvarenga.

The new indictment also includes charges for the September 2020 murder of Eric Munch, conspiracy to murder a rival gang member, and attempted murder of said rival gang member.

Further charges charged 11 members with dealing drugs and cocaine to make money from MS-13, and another 10 with alleged money laundering.

“The murders and other violent crimes allegedly committed by these defendants were brutal, cold-blooded, and completely senseless,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Brian Pease said in a statement.

“The office and our law enforcement partners are working tirelessly to dismantle MS-13 at all levels.”

Those charged in Nassau County are:

  • Christian Wings Lion (aka “Ribbing Paw”), 24, of Westbury;
  • Carlos Alvarado (also known as “Brayle” and “Danny”), 19, of Westbury;
  • Erick Galdamez Leon (also known as “Trick”, “Donkey” and “Chewing gum”), 23, of Westbury;
  • Jose Mejia Hernandez, 21, of Westbury;
  • Tylor Salmeron (also known as “The Elf”), 20, of Westbury; and
  • Yonathan Hernandez, 24, of Hempstead;

Ten other defendants are from Queens, two each from Colorado and North Carolina, and two from New Jersey and Virginia.

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