West New York MS-13 gang leader pleads guilty to murder/gun conspiracy

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A West New York leader of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, between known as MS-13, pleaded guilty to trying to kill a rival gang member in Hudson County late last year, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced yesterday. 

A former leader of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS -13) gang, poses during a photo session at Comayagua jail in Honduras June 11, 2011.  (Edgard Garrido/Courtesy Reuters
A former leader of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS -13) gang, poses during a photo session at Comayagua jail in Honduras June 11, 2011. (Edgard Garrido/Courtesy Reuters

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Marvin Garcia-Cruz, also known as “Buffalo,” 31, from West New York, pleaded guilty in front of Newark U.S. District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler to one count of conspiring to commit murder in aid of racketeering and one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence, authorities said.

As Hudson County View reported in July, seven MS-13 gang members were indicted for conspiring to commit murder in Hudson County.

According to the indictment, Garcia-Cruz admitted to being the set, or “clique,” leader of the group “Pinos Locos Salvatrucha” which was one of several northern New Jersey M-13 groups plotting to kill rival gang members.

In November 2013, several northern New Jersey MS-13 gang leaders were awaiting the approval or national and international gang leaders before following committing any acts of murder, court documents show.

However, law enforcement intervened before any killings could take place.

Garcia Cruz faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy to commit murder charge, as well as a up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine penalty for the firearm conspiracy count. Sentencing is scheduled for January 21 of next year.