MS-13 gang members arrested in five Houston-area murders, including machete death of informant
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A series of brutal slayings in the Houston area over the past three months brought law enforcement together Tuesday in a public show of force against MS-13, a notoriously violent transnational street gang.

The spate of ruthless slayings, and several older homicides including two pending cases where the death penalty is being sought, thrusts Houston into the national debate over border enforcement as President Donald Trump has repeatedly held up crime by MS-13 gang members as a corrosive effect of illegal immigration.

On Tuesday, law officers from local, state and federal agencies gathered with prosecutors to announce the arrests of nearly a dozen alleged members of the MS-13 street gang. Four of those are accused of hacking a confidential informant to death with a machete in Cullinan Park in southeast Houston on June 6.

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