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19 November 2017, 01:46 | Kenneth Drake
ICE Operation Raging Bull Heat Map
In Baltimore, four MS-13 members were arrested and indicted on charges including violent crimes in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.
The operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, with the help from federal, state, local and worldwide law enforcement partners. "That's why I have ordered our drug-trafficking task forces to use every law available to arrest, prosecute, convict and defund MS-13".
"This is a great operation, but we are not done, and we will not be done until we totally dismantle this organization", he said.
US law enforcement officials announced on Thursday the arrest of 267 members of MS-13, a violent gang the Trump administration has vowed to get off America's streets.
MS-13 formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s as Salvadorans fled a civil war.
The Oct. 8 to November 11 sweep was the second phase of Operation Raging Bull, which had previously netted 53 arrests in El Salvador, officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency told reporters. The first, reported earlier this fall, included the arrests of 53 people in El Salvador.
Among those arrested, 16 were citizens, while the other 198 were foreign nationals. About 60 of the arrests involved people illegally crossing the border as unaccompanied children, officials said.
Also shocking is how numerous arrested gang members weren't even allowed to be in the country in the first place.
Joseph Kolb, a researcher who has extensively studied the gang, said the Trump administration has made some progress in uprooting transnational criminal organizations. An estimated 10,000 members live in the United States, according to the Justice Department. The investigation focused on the gang's Stoners Locos clique, which had generated $1.9 million in illicit revenue since 2015 through crimes such as extortion, robbery, vehicle theft, money laundering, assault, and homicide, according to ICE. He said Operation Raging Bull played out in two phases. The operation led to a total of 267 arrests of MS-13 members and associates.
Benner said 198 of the alleged MS-13 members who were arrested were foreign nationals, while 16 suspects were USA citizens.
Five members of MS-13's Sailor's clique in Maryland who were arrested are alleged to have participated in three murders and had planned a fourth, between July 2016 and June 2017, said Rybicki.
Last month, Sessions formally designated MS-13 as a "priority" for the department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, a collective of several law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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