Miguel Corea Diaz

Nassau County DA

No Bail For Alleged MS-13 Boss Known As ‘Reaper’

April 19, 2018 - 5:38 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- The alleged East Coast crime boss of the notorious street gang MS-13 was ordered held without bail on Thursday at his first court appearance on Long Island, where prosecutors accuse him of having a hand in a wave of violence.

Miguel Angel Corea Diaz had been jailed in Maryland in a separate drug case. Drug Enforcement Administration agents transported him to Nassau County on Wednesday.

"With today's arraignment, we now have the highest-ranking MS-13 member on the East Coast in custody," DA Singas said. "This defendant, known as Reaper, allegedly ordered murders and trafficked large amounts of poisonous heroin up and down the eastern seaboard. What started as a narcotics investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration quickly expanded in scope and geography to include murder and violence committed by alleged MS-13 members throughout the United States and El Salvador. I am thankful to the DEA and 20 other law enforcement agencies that helped disrupt the Sailors and Hollywood Cliques of MS-13. "
When the charges against Corea Diaz and 16 other defendants with alleged ties to MS-13 were announced earlier this year, DEA officials described him as the "point man on the East Coast who would report to MS-13 hierarchy in El Salvador.''

An indictment alleges the 35-year-old Corea Diaz ordered beatings and killings and directed the gang's drug operations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and elsewhere while using the street name "Reaper.''
In 2017, Corea Diaz directed two of the other defendants to kill a rival in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There's evidence that the defendants discussed where to dispose the victim's body and how deep to dig the hole before law enforcement thwarted them, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Authorities believe MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, has thousands of members across the country, mostly Central American immigrants.
Also, the NYPD has sent out a memo to members about a threat allegedly made by MS-13 to "Take out a cop" on Long Island.

The department says it's aware of the threats and reminds officers to remain vigilant on and off duty.