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Mexican authorities arrest three FBI fugitive MS-13 leaders in Tijuana

August 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest three FBI fugitive MS-13 leaders in Tijuana

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Three FBI fugitive MS-13 leaders who fled Los Angeles after a police roundup last year were apprehended in Tijuana.

The fugitives were identified as Irwin Hugo “Droopy” Garcia, the head or “shot-caller” in Pasadena; Jesse “Grinch” Perez, leader of “Adams clique,” in a part of southwest Los Angeles; and Jorge Alberto Ramos, “Poison,” one of the heads of the Leeward Grandes, in central Los Angeles.

Agents with the state preventive police apprehended the MS-13 gangsters in the Colonia Villa del Álamo area of Tijuana, according to Univision.

All were wanted for charges filed last year for conspiring to traffic narcotics and firearms.

An FBI spokeswoman, Lourdes Aroche, announced three months ago that a change of approach was initiated by using social media with the hopes of producing tips on the fugitives’ locations.

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang has an established history of engaging in drug and weapons trafficking, extortion, and murder.

According to the federal indictment, “Droopy” was involved in the trafficking of weapons and narcotics in Pasadena and other areas in Los Angeles County. He was a member of the group of “shot-callers” who took control of MS-13 in the city roughly three years ago.

At the end of September 2015, “Poison” received a message with the address of an MS-13 meeting and revealed concern that they were under police monitoring. At the time, he was not aware that he was communicating with a federal police informant.

All three fugitives were allegedly heavily involved in managing the smuggling of drugs into the U.S., destined to Los Angeles for Mexican cartels based in Tijuana. Once the drugs arrived in Los Angeles, the MS-13 and affiliated gangs would be responsible for distributing the drugs.

MS-13 was established in the early 1980s, primarily in Los Angeles. A surge of refugees flooded into the U.S. during that time from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua as a result of the civil wars devastating Central America.

Originally, MS-13 consisted of Salvadorans, but later the gang extended to other Spanish-speaking nationalities. The gang then started expanding to other cities and states–especially in the northeast.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury labeled the group a “transnational criminal organization,” the first such classification for a street gang.

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