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  • Eight alleged MS-13 gang members are being charged with murder, racketeering, extortion of business owners, and selling drugs and weapons 
  • The eight men, whose ages range from 18 to 22, are alleged to be members of the so-called ‘Sailors Clique’ of MS-13 
  • The suspects are alleged to have taken part in four murders, extortions, and drug and gun trafficking in Maryland from 2015 to 2017 
  • Authorities allege that ‘Sailors Clique’ extorted money from the owners of illegal businesses and sent the money back to MS-13 leaders in El-Salvador 

By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:16 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 21:25 EDT, 12 October 2017

Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville, Maryland is being charged with gang-related activities. He is one of eight suspects named in a federal indictment
Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville, Maryland is being charged with gang-related activities. He is one of eight suspects named in a federal indictment

Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville, Maryland is being charged with gang-related activities. He is one of eight suspects named in a federal indictment

Eight alleged MS-13 gang members are being charged with murder, racketeering, extortion of business owners, and selling drugs and weapons, it was reported on Thursday.

The eight men, whose ages range from 18 to 22, are alleged to be members of the so-called ‘Sailors Clique’ of MS-13, the Central America-based criminal outfit.

The suspects are alleged to have taken part in four murders, extortions, and drug and gun trafficking in Maryland from 2015 to 2017, according to WJLA-TV.

The eight men have been identified as Carlos Roberto Cruz, 20, from Beltsville, Maryland; Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara, 20, of Landover Hills; Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville; Jeffry Rodriguez, 21, of Beltsville; Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, 20, of Landover; Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, of Silver Spring; Luis Fernando Orellana-Estrada, 18, of Hyatsville; and Donald Roberto Mendez-Lopez, 18, of Hyattsville.

Authorities allege that ‘Sailors Clique’ extorted money from the owners of illegal businesses and sent the money back to MS-13 leaders in El-Salvador.

The suspects are also alleged to have sold marijuana and cocaine in Langley Park.

Alvarado-Requino, Tejada-Cruz, Hernandez-Guevara, and Juarez-Vasquez face a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the Justice Department.

Led by Alvarado-Requeno, on June 16, 2016 members of the clique murdered an individual believed to be a member of the rival 18th Street gang in Gaithersburg, Maryland, according to the indictment.

On March 27, 2017, Contreras directed Sailors Clique members to go to Lynchburg in Bedford County, Virginia and murder a victim, according to the indictment.

Rodriguez, Contreras, Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison for ‘conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise.’

Tejada-Cruz and Hernandez-Guevara also face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, the Justice Department said.

The eight men, whose ages range from 18 to 22, are alleged to be members of the so-called ¿Sailors Clique¿ of MS-13, the Central America-based criminal outfit. Police above question and detain a member of MS-13 in Langley Park, Maryland, in this 2006 file photo
The eight men, whose ages range from 18 to 22, are alleged to be members of the so-called ¿Sailors Clique¿ of MS-13, the Central America-based criminal outfit. Police above question and detain a member of MS-13 in Langley Park, Maryland, in this 2006 file photo

The eight men, whose ages range from 18 to 22, are alleged to be members of the so-called ‘Sailors Clique’ of MS-13, the Central America-based criminal outfit. Police above question and detain a member of MS-13 in Langley Park, Maryland, in this 2006 file photo

‘Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez also face a maximum of twenty years in prison for conspiring to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion,’ according to the indictment.

Contreras is also alleged to have dealt drugs. He faces an additional 20 years behind bars.

Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez are charged with conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion, a crime that could land them 20 years behind bars.  

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By Larry White 12/10/2017 21:25:00