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Mexican authorities launch massive gang sweep, rounding up 161 members of Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18

February 22, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities launch massive gang sweep, rounding up 161 members of Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18

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Authorities in Southern Mexico have rounded up 161 members of Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18 in the past week during massive operations involving multiple policing agencies.

Officials with the Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection (SS and PC) said federal, state, and municipal police combined operations in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, detaining 58 presumed members of the MS-13 and Barrio 18 bands.

The alleged offenders were presented to the Public Ministry for federal crimes, common law, and administrative offenses.

This week’s police deployment targeted 26 colonies in the city of Tapachula, located near the border with Guatemala.

Mexican authorities arrested 161 gang members in the past week

Of the detainees, 13 were placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry for gang crimes, organized crime, and crimes against health.

Another 35 were referred to the Municipal Police for administrative offenses, according to the Ministry of Security.

Among the detainees included Erick “N”, 22, an alleged drug trafficker with ties to drug cartels.

Last week, 103 suspected gang members were arrested in joint operations in the municipality of Frontera Hidalgo, on the border with Guatemala.

Among those arrested include Carlos “N” also known as “La Garra,” a reputed top figure of Mara Salvatrucha.

The alleged gang leader was detained along with seven suspected members of MS-13 and charged with the homicide of a migrant from Guatemala and could be linked to other murders, according to El Debate.

In another operation in Tapachula, eight alleged gang members from El Salvador were arrested while hiding at a hotel in the center of the border city.

In total, the extensive sweep resulted in the arrests of 161 alleged gang members.

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