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Four men have been charged in connection to the death of a Queens woman whose body was discovered wrapped in a bag in the trunk of a car — part of a long-term probe into MS-13 activity in the borough, according to cops and police sources.
Allan Lopez, 22, Jose Sarmiento, 21, and Rigel Yohairo, 20, were arrested Thursday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the death of Nazareth Claure, 31, authorities said. Lopez also faces a drug possession charge.
Rodolfo Lopez, 26, was charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to cops.
Officers spotted the men around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday walking out of a home on Foam Place near Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, carrying a large, unknown object and putting it into the trunk, police said.
The officers followed the car and stopped it on the Nassau Expressway at Bayview Avenue on Long Island.
That’s when they made the grisly discovery, finding a woman’s body — with severe trauma — in the trunk, according to cops and police sources.
The woman, later identified as Claure, was pronounced dead on scene.
The home on Foam Place had been under surveillance by Homeland Security Investigations for alleged ties to MS-13, a police source said.
Authorities could not confirm Friday morning whether any of those arrested were MS-13 members.
A spokeswoman for Homeland Security Investigations New York, confirmed Wednesday that the arrests were “pursuant to a long-term investigation into certain acts of violence in the Queens, New York area.”
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