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The local leader MS-13 gang in Columbus pleaded guilty on Monday to murder and racketeering.

Over the summer, police and immigration agents were convinced a 16-year-old teen in Brentwood, Long Island, was a member of the violent, multinational gang known as MS-13.

Why?

The teen had been spotted various places — at school, in a car, and walking home with people police believe are MS-13 gang members. And police said the teen scribbled the numbers 503 in a school notebook. It's the international calling code for El Salvador, where he's from, but police consider it a gang symbol.

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Thirteen alleged members of the MS-13 gang were arrested in Central Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday morning.

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On Monday, the Pike County Sheriff's Office issued a warning that the international crime gang MS-13 is planning to arrive in the county this weekend. In the warning, the Sheriff asserted that the gang was planning on spreading heroin in the area, as well as accosting people who have informed on them.

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The Pike County Sheriff’s Office has issued a safety alert after receiving several reports of members of a notorious gang planning on "taking out snitches" and spreading heroin doses intended to cause overdoses.