Gangs and Crime in Latin America, Testimony of Detective First Class Kelly L. Smith, Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, One Hundred and Ninth Congress, April 20, 2005 [open pdf - 210KB]
Alternate Title: Testimony on 'Gangs and Crime in Latin America,' Provided by Detective First Class Kelly L. Smith, Howard County (MD) Department of Police, Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, One Hundred and Ninth Congress, April 20, 2005
From the 'Timeline Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Gang in Howard County' section: "As we have seen with many other immigrant communities, a small element of the population turns to criminal activity. Often they start out by preying on members of their own community. Much of this crime goes unreported. In the case of the Hispanic Community we have seen an increased presence of a gang known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13. We first began hearing about MS-13 around 1999 at area gang information sharing meetings. By 2000, we knew that MS-13 were prevalent in Northern Virginia and also in our bordering counties of Montgomery and Prince George's. In 2001, our first known MS-13 member was arrested in Howard County. The following year (2002) we began arresting multiple MS-13 members that we committing crimes within Howard County. In 2003, we handled our first graffiti case involving Mara Salvatrucha and the number of reports and arrests continued to increase. By 2004, we were investigating MS-13 members for major crimes including rape, robbery and assault. During the past four years we have documented 57 incidents and identified 55 MS-13 members that have either been arrested or involved in criminal activity within Howard County. We have also seen an increase in the number of MS-13 members living within our community."
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