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Violent Hispanic gang could be in DeKalb County

A chase ends with 2 law enforcement vehicles wrecked, 3 people behind bars and the possibility that gang related activity has landed in DeKalb County.

It started out as a chase Saturday night on Highway 75 north, near Fyffe.

A vehicle driving erratically hit a speed limit sign, wouldn't stop, rammed a Fyffe police car and later slammed on the brakes, causing a sheriff's deputy to crash into the back of them.

After a short scuffle, 3 suspected illegal immigrants who were intoxicated were arrested.

Authorities aren't sure of their names. Two are simply called Jose Doe and Juan Doe.

The third, believed to be Julio Juan Miguel, is the one authorities are concerned about.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris believes he could be part of a very violent Hispanic gang.

It's called MS-13. It stands for Mara Salvatrucha, which means "watch out for the gang from El Salvador."

MS-13 is arguably the most violent gang in the U.S.

It started in El Salvador in the 1980's, spread to the west coast in the U.S., then to the east coast, and even to the Valley.

Albertville and Boaz police confirm several people who've turned out to be MS-13, or at least claimed to be, have been arrested in the last 2 years.

Now, it's happening in DeKalb County. 

"We don't know if he's a MS-13 wanna be, or he is truly a MS-13 out of Mexico," Harris said.

Harris says a man believed to be Julio Juan Miguel, age and address unknown, could be a gang member.

Harris says his tattoos appear to be MS-13 related. He even has a shirt with the number "13" on it.

But what's so scary about the gang? Plenty according to law enforcement.

Their violence is almost legendary...beheadings, victims being hacked with machetes, gunned down in broad daylight.

"Violence is what they do. They deal drugs, they produce drugs, they sell drugs and we just, we don't want them around here," Harris said.

Harris says MS-13 mostly infiltrates, targets and terrorizes Hispanic communities, which are all too aware of what happens if you cross the gang.

"All of them that we have talked to in the community, they're afraid to tell us anything," Harris said.

Whether or not Miguel turns out to be a member of MS-13, the sheriff says he will be deported because he's illegal.

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