MS-13 Leader Lucky De Park View Arrested at California-Mexico Border

A prominent leader of the MS-13 gang, Freddy Ivan Jandres-Parada, known as Lucky De Park View, was arrested at the California-Mexico border earlier this month on charges related to narco-terrorism. The arrest occurred on March 7 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego County. Jandres-Parada, 48, was indicted in December 2020 for his involvement in directing MS-13’s criminal activities spanning nearly two decades across the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico.

He is part of MS-13’s leadership council, previously known as the Twelve Apostles of the Devil and later renamed Ranfla Nacional, which oversees thousands of MS-13 members globally. Alongside 13 other MS-13 leaders, he faces charges in the Eastern District of New York for various violent acts, including numerous killings, intimidation, and support of terrorists in El Salvador and the United States.

The Ranfla Nacional, led by Jandres-Parada, controls the recruitment process for new members and promotions within the gang. Additionally, it issues orders for the elimination of police officers, rivals, disloyal members, or informants, often using machetes to execute its directives.

Jandres-Parada’s involvement in MS-13 dates back to the gang’s origins in the Westlake area of downtown Los Angeles in the 1980s. He was convicted of narcotics trafficking in 1994 in Los Angeles County and subsequently spent three years in state prison. After his release, he was arrested again for firearm possession and served another three-year sentence. Like many MS-13 members, he was deported to El Salvador, where the gang expanded its influence.

Upon returning to the United States, Jandres-Parada was arrested for illegal reentry and served time before being deported to El Salvador again. There, he continued to oversee MS-13’s transnational operations, which are funded through drug trafficking, extortion, and kidnappings.

MS-13 operates through a hierarchical structure, with leaders at various levels overseeing regional cliques and reporting to higher-ranking authorities like the Ranfla Nacional. The gang has a significant presence in the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and has even expanded into Mexico, collaborating with different drug cartels.

In New York, Jandres-Parada faces charges related to providing support to terrorists, committing acts of terrorism across borders, and financing terrorism. The MS-13 hierarchy wields political influence in Central America and has engaged in militarized training activities, including the use of improvised explosive devices.

Jandres-Parada’s arrest follows the apprehension of other MS-13 leaders, such as Elmer Canales-Rivera, also known as Crook de Hollywood, who was arrested in Houston in November 2023. Most MS-13 inmates in federal custody are housed in a single prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for their safety.

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