Fugitive,Alleged MS-13 Member Arrested

An fugitive alleged member of MS-13, who returned to Boston after begin deported to El Salvador in 2012, was arrested on Friday, May 5, in East Boston and charged with illegal re-entry.

Elenilson Gustavo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, aka “Siniestro,” 31, was arrested on Paris Street in East Boston. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was detained following an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley during which he was identified as a member of MS-13 who had previously been deported to El Salvador in 2012.

After a three-year investigation, Gonzalez-Gonzalez was one of 61 persons named in a January 2016 superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was charged in the indictment with unlawful re-entry of a deported alien, and the government alleges that he is a member of MS-13.

In documents previously filed with the Court, MS-13 was identified as a violent transnational criminal organization whose branches or “cliques” operate throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts. MS-13 members are required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and discipline within the group. Specifically, MS-13 members are required to attack and murder gang rivals whenever possible.

The charge of illegal re-entry provides for a sentence of no greater than two years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The defendant will also be subject to deportation upon the completion of the sentence.

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