A few years ago John Pawlowski made all of us aware of the graffiti in Coatesville and surrounding communities. I think he did us a much bigger service than most people realize.
When Chief Matthews took over and Coatesville Police began to leave and it came down to one officer on duty for the entire City at any given time, the word got around that “business is good again” in Coatesville. I believe that gangs like MS-13 and Latin Kings and "Crips"took notice of the money making opportunities in Coatesville. I believe divergent gangs like the “Crips” and SUR-13 were trying to build a presence in Coatesville. The graffiti was escalating from local kids to national gangs.
The East Fallowfield Police arrested 3 people with SUR-13 identifiers on January 5, 2008. SUR-13/Surenos is a Mexican derived gang. MS-13 is a much bloodier Salvadoran derived gang. MS-13 and SUR-13/Surenos are now linked and both can be considered MS-13. The SUR-13 gang members arrested by East Fallowfield Police may have been associated with the Maryland gangs.
More signs of MS-13 gang found
The ATF has an extensive investigation into gang members in Maryland that led to arrests:
MS-13 GANG LEADER PLEADS GUILTY TO RACKETEERING OFFENSES INCLUDING THE MURDER OF A WITNESS