MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials are concerned one of the nation's deadliest gangs is beginning to resurge in two Maryland Counties.
In 2009, the FBI identified at least three MS 13 “cliques” operating in Montgomery and Prince George's County, but Montgomery's top prosecutor say the gang was losing their hold.
"There was a massive federal prosecution that occurred about three or four years ago, in coordination with my office and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s. Forty-two members of MS 13 got very, very long prison sentences…That effectively cut the head off of that gang,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney, John McCarthy, explained.
Now, McCarthy said they're back, committing at least five homicides in the county this year, and recruiting harder than ever.
“The numbers have grown and the intelligence that has been shared with me tells me the problem is even broader and wider than I even imagined,” McCarthy said.
"We have - to date - had 5 homicides that have been tied to MS13."