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Honduras authorities transfers 800 Barrio 18, MS-13 members to Supermax Facility

May 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Honduras authorities transfers 800 Barrio 18, MS-13 members to Supermax Facility

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Soldiers in Honduras brought members of two hyperviolent gangs to a maximum-security prison after a recent breakout where almost two dozen members escaped from military personnel patrolling the facility.

On Tuesday, the Honduran government said it had relocated 2,000 high-risk prisoners to a high-security prison, according to TeleSUR.

The shift occurred on Monday with over 3,000 police and military personnel, 245 carriers, and five planes overseeing the relocation. The heavily armed escort transported 773 MS-13 and Barrio 18. members.

The operation, dubbed “Operation Arpía,” was launched in March with the purpose of breaking the power that gangs have in prison where they can organize criminal activity.

“Today the 2,000 most dangerous inmates in the country are completely isolated,” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said at a press conference.

El Poza, Honduras’ maximum security prison, was created to hold inmates in solitary blocks away from others to curb communication.

Over 3,000 Honduran military troops oversaw the massive relocation of over 750 gang members

On Tuesday, at least 22 Barrio 18 members fled from a military prison in Honduras to evade the new penitentiary.

“The prisoners fled because arrangements are being made to transfer them to high-security jails and they don’t want to go,” the head of the National Penitentiary Institute, Rosa Gudiel, said.

The escape was the largest in more than a decade.

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