Feds arrest MS-13 members

Feds arrest MS-13 members

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The U.S. Attorney's Office reports federal agents have arrested eight MS-13 members in the nation illegally. They're charged with racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder and assault. 

Federal attorney Erin Nealy Cox says charges also include possession of the gang's signature weapon, the machete. 

"We'd like to think that we don't have a gang problem here in North Texas," Cox said. "But this case and the many others that my office and Faith's office have been working on demonstrate otherwise."

Seven of these suspects are in custody. Cox's office won't comment on the status of the eighth. At a meeting in Maine, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says fighting gangs is an essential step in stopping the opioid epidemic ravaging the country.

"And we're not just locking up criminals for the purpose of locking them up," Sessions said. "We're preventing addiction. We're preventing the spreading of drugs. We're saving lives. Always been what law enforcement's role is and it has always made a positive difference."

Sessions says the Justice Department is attacking both American gangs and their cartel contributors, damaging, weakening, even destroying the distribution network. 

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