More than 200 MS-13 gang members have been arrested in a serious sweep referred to as “Operation Raging Bull,” the Trump administration introduced Thursday.
Underscoring its promise earlier this yr to crack down on a brutal gang, the Trump adminstration on Thursday introduced the arrests of dozens of members of MS-13.
“Operation Raging Bull,” carried out Oct. Eight-Nov. 11 throughout the United States, resulted in 214 arrests, officers mentioned.
The operation was led by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), at the side of native and federal officers.
It was the second part of a two-part operation. Authorities made 53 arrests in Venezuela in September after an 18-month investigation.
“We will not rest until every member, badociate and leader of MS-13 has been held accountable for their crimes,” mentioned Thomas Horman, director of ICE.
More than 1,200 gang members have been convicted to date this yr, and about four,000 have been arrested and charged, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions mentioned in an announcement.
Sessions promised an all-out badault on the violent gang final month, designating it a “priority” for the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
“They go away distress, devastation and loss of life of their wake. They threaten whole governments. They have to be and shall be stopped,” the legal professional basic mentioned in Philadelphia final month.
In the latest roundup, costs included homicide, aggravated theft, racketeering, narcotics trafficking, firearms offenses and badault, with roughly 60 arrests being unlawful border crossings by unaccompanied youngsters, officers mentioned.
The gang originated in Los Angeles within the 1980s, then entrenched itself in Central America when its leaders have been deported.
MS-13’s motto is “mata, viola, controla” – which suggests “kill, rape, control,” in line with Robert Hur, a Justice Department official.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and the Associated Press contributed to this report.