MS-13 member sentenced for extorting businesses in Langley Park area

A member of the MS-13 gang from Hyattsville, Maryland, was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for extorting from businesses in the area.

Gerdandino Delgado-Escobar, 24, was sentenced to 51 months, followed by three years of supervised release on Monday, the Office of U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert Hur said in a statement. Delgado-Escobar will also have to pay restitution.

Hur’s office said that Delgado-Escobar, a member of the Langley Park clique of MS-13, and his associates extorted weekly payments — called “rent” by gang members — from drug dealers, brothels, unlicensed stores, and legitimate food and beverage sellers and distributors.

The beer delivery businesses were extorted for $40 to $50 a week; brothels, about $15 a week, prosecutors said. The gang collected these payments by threatening and, sometimes, using force — an MS-13 member grabbed one beer delivery worker by the neck, put a gun to his head and threatened to kill the man’s entire family if he didn’t pay up.

“This prosecution and sentence send a strong message to MS-13 gang members that we will not tolerate the fear and violence perpetrated by MS-13 in Maryland,” Hur said in the statement. “Federal, state and local law enforcement will continue to work together to find and bring to justice MS-13 members who prey on our neighborhoods.”

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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