3 men accused of MS-13 gang violence waive bail at hearing

Three of 56 alleged gang members who were charged by federal prosecutors agreed to waive their detention in court Tuesday and will be held without bail, The Boston Globe reported.

Authorities say that members of the international street gang MS-13 committed violent crimes — including five murders — and have recruited high school students primarily from Chelsea, East Boston, and Everett. Federal officials conducted raids across the state in late January, arresting 37 members of the gang.

Luis Solis-Vasquez, Edwin Diaz, and Edwin Gonzalez appeared before a federal court Tuesday, the Globe reported. Solis-Vasquez was allegedly involved in the 2014 murder of Javier Ortiz, while authorities have linked Diaz and Gonzalez to the murder of 16-year-old Cristofer Perez de la Cruz in January. Authorities believe Gonzalez was also involved in the 2014 murder of Wilson Martinez, 15, according to the Globe.

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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office sought to hold the suspects without bail, arguing that they are flight risks and could be dangerous, the Globe reported. Other alleged gang members have already faced charges in state courts.

Read the full Globe story here.

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