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  • Gang violence fuels child marriage in Central America, researchers say (when civilization collapses)

    06/05/2015 10:22:42 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 05, 2015 | Anastasia Moloney
    BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rampant gang violence and drug turf wars in parts of Central America are fuelling child marriage as girls seek to marry or couple with gang members and older men as a form of protection, researchers say. Traditionally child marriage has been most prevalent among indigenous communities in rural areas across Central America. But humanitarian groups working in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, say anecdotal evidence gathered in the past five years shows drug-fueled gang violence and organized crime is driving more girls to get married in cities. "We are seeing and hearing that increasing numbers...
  • MS-13 Actively Recruiting Illegal Alien Minors at U.S. Shelters

    07/10/2014 4:14:36 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 10 2014 | Judicial Watch
    The nation’s most violent street gangs—including Mara Salvatrucha—are actively recruiting new members at U.S. shelters housing illegal immigrant minors and they’re using Red Cross phones to communicate, a Homeland Security source tells Judicial Watch. JW has reported extensively on the crisis created by the sudden influx of mostly Central American minors that have crossed into the U.S. through the Mexican border in recent weeks. It has created havoc and will end up costing American taxpayers billions of dollars to house, process, medically treat, feed and inevitably educate the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) which are being dispersed throughout the country. They...
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • S.F. jury convicts MS-13 gang members

    08/30/2011 5:41:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/30/11 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's biggest gang trial in many years ended today when a jury convicted six men of racketeering and conspiracy as members of MS-13, a crime organization that waged war against rivals and defectors in San Francisco's Mission District and was found responsible for at least three 2008 murders. A seventh defendant, Walter Cruz-Zavala, was acquitted. The six men face up to life in prison when sentenced Nov. 30. Jurors deliberated for a week after a federal court trial that lasted more than four months. Prosecutors portrayed the young men as leaders or soldiers of a heavily...
  • Street Gang Smuggling Terrorists Into U.S.: Report

    08/03/2009 8:02:46 AM PDT · by FromLori · 19 replies · 2,421+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8/3/2009
    Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol confirms that the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol is facing a worsening problem with Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran street gang that now controls the flow of arms, drugs, and illegal aliens into the U.S. After 9/11, Mara Salvatrucha attracted the attention of top al Qaeda officials, who realized that the gang could be used to smuggle operatives and weapons into the United States. An agreement was forged between the terrorists and the gang-bangers. In exchange for safe passage across the border, al Qaeda – through its cells in South America –...
  • Member of notorious Central American gang caught by Border Patrol (MS-13, previously deported)

    02/03/2009 5:27:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 817+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2/3/09 | SD U-T
    SAN DIEGO – A member of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha street gang was caught among a group of illegal immigrants Monday by Border Patrol agents in rugged country near Jamul. Javier Cortez Majano, 23, was among a group of five people stopped about 6 a.m. about two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, said Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott. A records check showed that Cortez, a Honduran national, was a member of the gang, also known as MS-13, and had a criminal history in Arkansas, Endicott said. Founded in Southern California by Salvadoran immigrants in the 1980s, Mara Salvatrucha has...
  • [El Salvador:]Bodies of suspected MS-13 gang victims found in well

    01/29/2009 11:48:17 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies · 3,682+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 28, 2009
    TONACATEPEQUE, El Salvador — Police said on Wednesday they found the remains of what they believe to be eight to 10 gang victims at the bottom of a well outside El Salvador’s capital. Five detectives were lowered about 100 feet into the well, where they found skulls, bones, hair and possibly the remains of a child, federal homicide investigator Israel Antonio Ticas said. Police suspect the victims were killed by members of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent street gang with roots in Central America and strong ties in Houston. About two dozen of the gang members operate in and around Tonacatepeque,...
  • CA: Gang indictment accuses 29 of racketeering or violent crimes (MS-13 , Mara Salvatrucha)

    10/23/2008 6:10:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 494+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/23/08 | John Coté,Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal authorities in San Francisco unveiled an indictment today against 29 people allegedly tied to a street gang, accusing the group of engaging in murder, drug trafficking, witness tampering, car theft and extortion. Those indicted include alleged senior leaders in the San Francisco faction of the Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 gang, which originated in Los Angeles, has ties to El Salvador and is renowned for its savage tactics, federal prosecutors said. Most recently, authorities say, members of San Francisco's 20th Street clique of the gang have been tied to at least five slayings in the city, including...
  • CA: Alleged members of violent gang arrested in Bay Area raids (MS-13)

    10/22/2008 9:58:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 522+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/22/08 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal immigration authorities raided more than a dozen locations in San Francisco, Richmond and South San Francisco today, arresting several alleged members of the notorious MS-13 street gang, authorities said. Authorities said the investigation targeted a San Francisco-based faction of the violent group, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, which started in Southern California with roots in El Salvador. "This is a major take-down," said Northern California U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello, adding that the investigation dealt with alleged drug trafficking, gun running, terrorism and extortion activities of the group. He declined to provide further details about the raids....
  • Triple-killing suspect escaped prior S.F. prosecution (MS-13 gang member / "soccer team member")

    06/27/2008 9:05:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 401+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/27/08 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A suspected gang member accused of killing a father and two sons escaped prosecution in a weapons case earlier this year when the San Francisco district attorney's office concluded it didn't have enough evidence to connect him to a gun that a passenger in his car was carrying, authorities said Thursday. Edwin Ramos, 21, of El Sobrante, who police say is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang, was formally charged late Thursday with three counts of murder in the shooting deaths Sunday of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16....
  • Gang Members Get Trained in the Army

    03/10/2008 5:44:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1,436+ views
    New American Media ^ | March 9, 2008 | Claudia Núñez
    While hundreds of Mexican soldiers are deserting the army to join drug trafficking gangs, California is facing the opposite problem: A growing number of gang members here have infiltrated the U.S. Armed Forces in order to receive military training. The numbers speak for themselves: In 2003 there were just 16 incidents of gang members in the U.S. Armed Forces, while in 2006 the total was 10,309, according to the study, "Gang-Related Activity in the U.S. Armed Forces Increasing," released in 2007 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Twenty-two official entities, including the Los Angeles Police Department, participated in the...
  • [South Texas]MS-13 gangster detained

    02/22/2008 4:26:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 1,064+ views
    Border Patrol agents assigned to the Freer station apprehended a member of a Central American gang on Wednesday. Agents arrested the 18-year-old Mexican at a store in San Diego, Texas. Tattoos on his body indicated that he is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, commonly referred to as the "MS-13." During questioning the subject admitted being an MS-13 member. The man was turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, toll-free, at (800) 343-1994.
  • [Central America:] Extreme makeover gangster style

    12/17/2007 8:00:24 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 269+ views
    Valley Morning Star/AP ^ | December 16, 2007 | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA
    To duck radar, gangs ditch tattoos, go for college look CHIMALTENANGO, Guatemala — Tattoos, baggy pants and tank tops are out. Smart blazers and university recruits are in. It’s an extreme makeover for Central America’s gangs. Facing harsh crackdowns by government security forces and citizen vigilante groups, they are trying to lower their profile. The Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs are known throughout Central America and the United States for their brazen tactics, including beheading their enemies and covering entire buildings and even their bodies with gang symbols. Now, according to anti-gang operatives, these traditionally uneducated and aimless youth...
  • MS-13 member arrested[caught three times for illegal entry]

    10/06/2007 12:15:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 862+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 10/06/2007 | ZACHARY FRANZ
    A man that CBP agents say was trying to illegally enter the U.S. this week has been identified as a member of the fearsome MS-13 gang and has been caught trying to sneak into the country three times, CBP spokesman Richard Pauza said Friday.Customs and Border Protection agents found Jonathan Stanley Figueroa Hernandez, 28, hiding in a railcar at the Eagle Port of Entry on Tuesday, Pauza said. Figueroa Hernandez did not have identification papers; agents used fingerprints to determine his identity. Pauza added that Figueroa Hernandez has a lengthy criminal record in the U.S., including burglary, theft, possession of...
  • Vigilantes target gangs as Guatemala tires of crime[Mara Salvatrucha]

    09/19/2007 3:18:35 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 440+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 19, 2007 | Mica Rosenberg
    VILLA NUEVA, Guatemala - Slum dwellers armed with shotguns have taken to Guatemala's streets to hand vigilante justice to youth gangs as voters sick of crime increasingly back a hardline ex-general's run for president. Roving bands of masked men communicating over walkie-talkies and armed with sticks, machetes and shotguns patrol the poor Villa Nueva slum on the edge of Guatemala City at night looking for members of infamous "Mara" gangs. The well-organized patrols, whose secretive members are suspicious of outsiders, killed at least one gang member, David Castillo alias "The Siren", earlier this month. "It's another war," said resident Sheni...
  • Strategy to Combat Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico

    07/19/2007 7:30:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 479+ views
    US Department of State ^ | 18 July 2007 | Office of the Spokesman
    Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. today announced the U.S. Strategy to Combat Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico at a security meeting in Guatemala City with the seven Central American countries. This comes three months after President George W. Bush’s Latin America tour when he met with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger Perdomo, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon to discuss the severity of the security situation in Central America. The Presidents also discussed the threats that gangs pose to both the United States and Latin America, and development of a regional strategy to...
  • 4 jailed Guatemalan police officers die in riot[shot by Mara Salvatrucha gang members]

    02/26/2007 5:39:04 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 495+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 26, 2007
    CUILAPA, GUATEMALA — Four imprisoned Guatemalan policemen were killed in their cells Sunday, days after being arrested in connection with the deaths of three Salvadoran politicians, police said. Rioting inmates also took the warden and other prison officials hostage. National police spokesman Maria Jose Fernandez said she didn't know who had shot the prisoners. "It's confirmed, they killed the four of them," Fernandez said. Officers outside the jail in Cuilapa, 40 miles east of Guatemala City, showed reporters cell phone photos of the bullet-ridden bodies. Police said members of the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang rioted in the prison, capturing five...
  • Los Angeles names and targets city's worst 11 gangs

    02/08/2007 10:27:46 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 70 replies · 2,142+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/07 | Patrick McGreevy and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
    Launching a counteroffensive against organized street thugs, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police officials took the unusual step Wednesday of identifying the city's 11 worst gangs, then promising to go after them with teams of police, federal agents, probation officers and prosecutors. Facing 720 identifiable gangs with 39,000 members, the city's plan would target the most dangerous groups, which total at least 800 members. Those gangs are thought to be responsible for a disproportionate amount of mayhem........ But Wes McBride, executive director of the California Gang Investigators Assn. and a retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, said he was...
  • Houston gang suspect wanted in decapitations [MS-13 Illegals]

    01/30/2007 1:45:36 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 32 replies · 1,303+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 30, 2007 | MIKE GLENN
    A suspected MS-13 gang member arrested Saturday on assault and immigration charges is wanted in Honduras for the decapitation slayings late last year of his former in-laws. Albin Zelaya-Zelaya, 26, was charged in October for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault. He also was wanted by federal authorities for entering the country illegally, officials said. Investigators learned Zelaya-Zelaya, also known as Flaco, slipped into the United States sometime after Christmas, the day when Eleazar and Suyapa Vasquez were murdered in their home in Honduras. Also arrested Saturday were Zelaya-Zelaya's brother, Pablo Romero, 31; Miguel Estrada, 21;...
  • Witness Tells Court About Gang Rape in MS-13 Trial

    09/29/2006 11:59:09 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 47 replies · 2,361+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 29, 2006 | Ruben Castaneda
    The petite young woman was a 16-year-old Laurel High School student three years ago when she decided to skip classes one day to join two other girls at a party at a Hyattsville apartment. At the party, she said, Oscar Ramos "Casper" Velasquez took her into a bedroom, where he kissed her and told her that if she didn't have sex with him, as many as 15 other teenagers and young men at the gathering would have sex with her. When she resisted, two more young men entered the room, the woman told jurors yesterday in federal court. One man...
  • Agents nab suspected MS-13 member [spotted by Texas National Guard]

    09/21/2006 11:26:10 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 773+ views
    PROGRESO — A 23-year-old Salvadoran with suspected Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang ties and a conviction for assaulting a New York police officer was arrested Wednesday trying to re-enter the country, Customs and Border Protection officials said. Santos Chileno-Gomez was arrested about 12:30 a.m. near the Pharr port of entry. He was one of four illegal immigrants spotted by Texas National Guard members equipped with night vision equipment. The guard members informed Border Patrol agents, who made the arrest. Chileno-Gomez, identified by his fingerprints as an MS-13 member, has an extensive criminal history that includes a conviction of second-degree assault on...
  • Cell phones found inside four prisoners (El Salvador)

    09/06/2006 9:42:08 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 61 replies · 2,054+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 9/6/06
    Cell phones found inside four prisoners 1 hour, 40 minutes ago SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Cellular telephones were found inside four prisoners in El Salvador's maximum-security prison, authorities said Wednesday. The discovery was made Tuesday at the prison in Zacatecoluca, in central El Salvador, after suspicious officials took X-rays of each of the inmates, federal corrections chief Jaime Villanova said. The names of the prisoners, all members of the dangerous Mara Salvatrucha gang, were not released in order to avoid jeopardizing an ongoing investigation that began a month ago, he said. Capt. Juan Ramon Arevalo, director of the prison...
  • Agents arrest suspected MS-13 gang member [South Texas]

    08/31/2006 9:41:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 1,074+ views
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas- Border Patrol agents aided by National Guard members arrested a 22-year-old suspected member of the violent Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang on Wednesday as he tried to re-enter the United States, Customs and Border Protection said. Andres Gonzalo Manzaneres, of El Salvador, was one of nine illegal immigrants spotted by National Guard members monitoring images from surveillance cameras placed near the Los Tomates international bridge in Brownsville. The Guard members alerted Border Patrol agents in the field, who arrested the immigrants. Agents processing Manzaneres noticed MS-13 style tattoos on his body, and said a fingerprint scan turned up...
  • IN NEED OF CARE: Immigrants traveling long, hard road have medical needs met [Maras in Mexico]

    08/18/2006 4:07:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 591+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 08/18/2006 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO — Everyday at Casa del Migrante de Nazareth, emaciated and sunburned faces tell the story of suffering and hardship that immigrants go through in search of the American dream.Hundreds of Mexican and Latin-American immigrants arrive to Casa del Migrante, a shelter that offers them a warm meal and a bed. On Thursday afternoon, a group of doctors treated Migrante’s temporary residents free of charge. A dangerous road José Benjamín Lara, 26, from Coquicopan, Honduras, traveled for two months before arriving to Nuevo Laredo, and once in Casa del Migrante he was diagnosed with a kidney infection and malnutrition...
  • Grappling with Gangs [South Texas Pistoleros]

    06/25/2006 7:42:45 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 38 replies · 4,109+ views
    The Monitor ^ | June 25,2006 | Andres R. Martinez
    MISSION — Family and gang were one and the same for Leobardo Villarreal. So in March it was no coincidence that federal authorities finally arrested Villarreal, a 22-year-old second-generation member of the gang Hermano Pistoleros, through a tip they got after arresting his father and fellow gang member Juan Eladio Villarreal-Saenza, officials said. The Pistoleros, whom the FBI says Mexican drug cartels are hiring to run drugs and do contract killings, operate in Mexico and the United States. They are highly mobile, organized criminals who also happen to be illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. While the federal...
  • Affidavit: One of Indianapolis Slaying Victims Drew Gun on Gunmen

    06/05/2006 6:19:50 PM PDT · by CrawDaddyCA · 13 replies · 979+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 05, 2006 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS — The slayings of seven family members unfolded when one victim returned home and drew a weapon as two gunmen were ransacking the house to find a safe they believed contained cash and cocaine, according to documents filed by prosecutors. One man arrested in last week's killings — James Stewart, 30 — was searching for the safe upstairs but found nothing and went downstairs, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday, the first detailed account of the incident. There he found that Magno Albarran, 29, had entered the house and pulled a gun on Desmond Turner, 28, whom...
  • Lead murder suspect in slaying of Indianapolis family turns himself in.

    06/03/2006 5:40:25 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 15 replies · 1,047+ views
    WTHR 13 ^ | 6/3/2006 | none
    Indianapolis - Police have arrested murder suspect Desmond Turner for the killings of seven members of one family on the east side, Thursday night...
  • Police search for Ind. family's killers (Mass murder in Indianapolis)

    06/02/2006 9:37:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 27 replies · 1,102+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 2 JUNE 2006 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS - Police hunted on Friday for the killers who barged into a home and shot seven family members to death in the worst mass murder in Indianapolis in at least 25 years. A search of a home for one of the suspected gunmen turned up empty after police officers fired tear gas in and broke down a door Friday night. Police said 28-year-old ex-convict Desmond Turner was believed to have been inside. He had grown up in the area and returned last fall after getting out of prison on drug and weapons charges. Deputy Police Chief Tim Foley said...
  • Police arrest suspect in murder of Indianapolis family

    06/02/2006 4:36:59 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 18 replies · 1,886+ views
    wthr 13 ^ | 6/02/2006 | wthr 13
    Indianapolis - Police say an accomplice is in custody and they have a murder suspect surrounded. Police arrested a man they say is an accomplice in Thursday night's murders. The arrest was made after a traffic stop at 14th and Rural Friday evening...
  • 7 family members slain in Indianapolis

    06/02/2006 6:44:18 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 26 replies · 1,820+ views
    Associated Press ^ | CHARLES WILSON
    INDIANAPOLIS - Seven family members, the youngest just 5 years old, were shot to death in their home near a women's prison, and police said Friday they were seeking at least two men for questioning. The attack appeared to have been a home invasion, but not random or gang-related, Deputy Police Chief Tim Foley said. He said investigators were considering several possible motives. Police reached the home shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday after a witness who had dropped off one of the victims at the home saw her being dragged inside and heard gunfire. Inside, the officers found three children...
  • Deadly shootout erupts in streets of Nuevo Laredo [Mexico]

    05/27/2006 6:31:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 912+ views
    Express-News Border Bureau ^ | 05/27/2006 | Mariano Castillo
    One man is dead and three others in custody following an early morning shootout Friday in Nuevo Laredo between state police and drug cartel gunmen believed responsible for at least 10 homicides here — including the death of a local police officer Thursday night. The firefight, which started about 1 a.m., ignited when a team of state police officers approached a home they suspected was used by the men who hours earlier had killed police officer Jesus Segovia Sanchez, authorities said. Two cartel members were arrested and another injured in the early morning melee. One state police officer also was...
  • Gangs without borders - Violent Central American gangs

    04/02/2006 2:19:44 PM PDT · by dennisw · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    sfgate. ^ | Sunday, April 2, 2006 | Victor J. Blue
    In the aftermath of a prison riot in southern Guatemala, the eyes that peer out amid the tattoo of a skull covering half his face are contorted in pain as fellow inmates care for his bleeding shoulder. They are members of gangs, whose stories began in Los Angeles and then were exported to Central America. There the gangs grew, became more violent, and now they head back to the United States. Known as maras, the gangs formed in the 1980s, when immigrants fleeing brutal civil war in El Salvador settled in Los Angeles. To protect themselves from already established L.A....
  • Dangerous Holes in Border Security (Is a War Going on in Texas?)

    03/25/2006 11:11:01 AM PST · by nj26 · 114 replies · 2,656+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | 3/24/06 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If you don't have access to Texas newspapers or the internet, you may not have heard the sensational news about the enormous cache of weapons our government recently seized in Laredo, Texas. U.S. authorities grabbed two completed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), materials for making 33 more, military-style grenades, 26 grenade triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, silencers, machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bullet-proof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics, and cash. That sounds like a war is going on in Texas! If bomb-making factories and firearms assembly plants are ordinary day-to-day business...
  • Gang arrests with immigration violations credited to cooperation [Mara Salvatrucha et al]

    03/10/2006 3:21:00 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 2,226+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times/AP ^ | March 9, 2006 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON- Some 375 gang members have been arrested in 24 states and the District of Columbia over the past two weeks as part of a yearlong operation targeting gangs with criminal immigrant members, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The arrests bring to 2,388 the number of gang members apprehended through Operation Community Shield, which combines local law enforcement with federal immigration forces. Of those arrested, 922 were members of Mara Salvatrucha gangs, which have ties to Central America. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that previously local law enforcement might arrest gang members and not be aware they also...
  • Five gang members arrested in S. Texas [Salvadoran MS-13 & MS-18]

    01/26/2006 4:57:18 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 46 replies · 4,165+ views
    By Associated Press ^ | January 26, 2006
    All were identified as Salvadoran with criminal histories McALLEN - Five members of the violent Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha have been arrested in South Texas during the past four days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday. All were identified as Salvadoran with criminal histories that included weapons violations, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Border Patrol spokesman Roy Cervantes said one of the five was arrested just north of Corpus Christi when the officials stopped truck with he and 10 other illegal immigrants. His tattoos identified him as a member of the gang. The arrests occurred...
  • Feds Say [Mexican illegal alien] Smugglers Plan To Kill U.S. Border Agents

    01/10/2006 6:52:52 AM PST · by mr. mojo risin · 16 replies · 929+ views
    NBC San Deigo ^ | 1-10-2006 | ap
    Confidential Memo Warns Of Hired Assassins SAN DIEGO -- Federal officials have warned U.S. Border Patrol agents that they could be the targets of assassins hired by immigrant smugglers, according to a confidential memo. "Unidentified Mexican alien smugglers are angry about the increased security along the U.S./Mexico border and have agreed that the best way to deal with U.S. Border Patrol agents is to hire a group of contract killers," the Department of Homeland Security said in a Dec. 21 Officer Safety Alert. The alert states that the smugglers intend to bring members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang --...
  • Smugglers planning to kill U.S. border agents, federal memo warns

    01/10/2006 3:46:08 AM PST · by LouAvul · 18 replies · 826+ views
    modbee ^ | 1-10-06
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials have warned U.S. Border Patrol agents that they could be the targets of assassins hired by immigrant smugglers, according to a confidential memo. "Unidentified Mexican alien smugglers are angry about the increased security along the U.S./Mexico border and have agreed that the best way to deal with U.S. Border Patrol agents is to hire a group of contract killers," the Department of Homeland Security said in a Dec. 21 Officer Safety Alert. The alert states that the smugglers intend to bring members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang - known as MS-13 - into...
  • Honduras: teen accused of killing DEA agent escapes youth correction facility

    11/19/2005 1:54:01 PM PST · by ncountylee · 3 replies · 493+ views
    newsfromrussia ^ | 2005-11-20
    A teen accused of killing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and implicated in 16 other slayings has escaped from a youth correction facility just as he promised he would officials said Saturday. Herlan Colindres, a 16-year-old street gang member, slipped out of a rehabilitation center housing 156 youths outside the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa on Friday night, authorities said. Colindres and his 13-year-old bodyguard Manuel Romero were arrested in July in connection with the murder of DEA agent Michael Timothy Markey outside Tegucigalpa at a temple dedicated to Honduras' patron saint. He had previously been identified as 13-year-old Erlan Colindres,...
  • Federal SWAT team kills 2 men in anti-gang initiative

    11/05/2005 8:36:08 AM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 18 replies · 1,043+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 5, 2005 | MÓNICA GUZMÁN
    4 others nabbed in joint raid by FBI and HPD Two gunmen suspected of being gang members were killed and two others wounded Thursday night after a shootout during an anti-gang police raid on a house in northeast Houston, authorities said. The raid was part of a joint FBI and Houston police "MS-13" initiative designed to curb the well-known gang's criminal activities in the city, specifically home invasions and other violence, said FBI spokesman Al Tribble. An ongoing investigation led authorities to the address in the 5700 block of Liberty at Easy on Thursday, Tribble said. About 11:30 p.m., authorities...
  • Gang Uses Deportation to Its Advantage to Flourish in U.S.

    10/30/2005 7:25:53 AM PST · by LNewman · 33 replies · 1,425+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 30, 2005 | Robert J. Lopez, Rich Connell and Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writers
    On a sweltering afternoon, an unmarked white jetliner taxies to a remote terminal at the international airport here and disgorges dozens of criminal deportees from the United States. Marshals release the handcuffed prisoners, who shuffle into a processing room. Of the 70 passengers, at least four are members of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang formed two decades ago near MacArthur Park west of the Los Angeles skyline. For one of them, Melvin "Joker" Cruz-Mendoza, the trip is nothing new. This is his fourth deportation — the second this year. SNIP In the last 12 years, U.S. immigration authorities have...
  • Guatemalan Gang Members Open Fire on Prison Truck, Killing Two Guards

    10/29/2005 4:05:14 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 1 replies · 423+ views
    ap.tbo ^ | Oct 29, 2005 | Juan Carlos Llorca
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Groups of presumed gang members launched two separate attacks against prison officials Saturday, killing four men and wounding a third. The assailants escaped. "We are in high alert," said Sandra Sayas, director-general of Guatemala's prison system. "I've called all of the prison chiefs to an urgent meeting." In the first attack, the assailants apparently used assault weapons to open fire on guards as they were leaving work at the end of their shift in the "Pavoncito" prison, 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of the capital, Guatemala City, Sayas said. One of the guards died immediately, while...
  • Six Stabbed at 1-Year-Old's Birthday Party

    10/24/2005 3:11:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies · 2,999+ views
    AP ^ | Oct 24, | AP
    Six people were stabbed early Sunday during a melee at a 1-year-old's birthday party, police said. It apparently started when a downstairs neighbor went upstairs to complain about the noise. They arrived at a two-family home on Crosby Street to find dozens of people running around in a thunderstorm. Some were screaming and bleeding. Most spoke only Spanish, adding to the chaos. A Spanish-speaking officer from Manchester was eventually brought into translate. Four carloads of men showed up to join the fight and police said some may have been affiliated with a gang. Police detained so many people that they...
  • Violent gang with Central American roots expands deep into U.S.

    10/17/2005 11:21:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies · 1,004+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | October 14, 2005 | By David Kihara
    One of the largest and most vicious street gangs in the world has been increasing its membership and activity in the Las Vegas Valley, killing rival gang members and extorting immigrants along the way, according to a national expert with the FBI. The Mara Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13, has been in the valley since the early 1990s, but has become more active in recent years as the number of immigrants has grown, said Robert Clifford, director of the FBI's MS-13 task force in Washington.
  • ICE, FBI and Mecklenburg PD Arrest Dangerous Gang Member in Charlotte

    09/25/2005 6:15:18 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 33 replies · 1,835+ views
    ICE.gov ^ | September 22, 2005
    ICE, FBI AND MECKLENBURG PD ARREST DANGEROUS GANG MEMBER IN CHARLOTTE CHARLOTTE-An 18-year-old dangerous gang member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) was arrested here Monday by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and officers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Edison Andre Carrasco-Molina is a citizen of Chile who is in the country illegally. Carrasco-Molina has a criminal history that includes convictions for assault, trespass, unlawful concealment and disorderly conduct. Carrasco-Molina was in possession of a rifle at the time of his arrest. The U.S. Attorney's Office has accepted the case for federal...
  • HIGH-RANKING MS-13 GANG MEMBER ARRESTED BY ICE IN BOSTON

    09/23/2005 5:43:03 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 29 replies · 10,455+ views
    ICE, ICE, Baby! ^ | September 22, 2005
    HIGH-RANKING MS-13 GANG MEMBER ARRESTED BY ICE IN BOSTON BOSTON-Officers assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) fugitive operations division arrested a member of the violent “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13) gang here yesterday. Herberth Escobar-Leiva, a 29-year-old citizen of El Salvador who goes by the street name “Perro,” was ordered removed by a federal immigration judge on Sept. 19, 2002. He failed to depart the U.S. as required by law and ICE subsequently issued a warrant of removal. Escobar-Leiva has been identified by police as a high-ranking member of the MS-13. He has an extensive criminal history of over 20...
  • Immigrant gang suspected of al-Qaida ties

    09/04/2005 4:57:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1,122+ views
    MIPT/AP ^ | Sept. 3, 2005
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa Midwestern farmlands seem an unlikely hideout for Osama bin Laden's hired hands, but an ongoing federal crackdown reveals the increased presence here of a notoriously violent gang with suspected links to al-Qaida. Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang founded in El Salvador and known for smuggling drugs and immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, could be bringing terrorists with them. "The al-Qaida, from what we understand, has been meeting with them in Central America," said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees national security. Ortiz testified in March that al-Qaida has offered...
  • Gang crackdown nets 582 arrests

    08/27/2005 10:55:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 1,016+ views
    NJ.com New Jersey Star Ledger ^ | August 2, 2005 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members, including 22 in South Jersey, over a two-week period, targeting an estimated 80 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country, officials said yesterday.</p> <p>Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called the gangs "a threat to our homeland security and ... a very urgent law enforcement priority."</p>
  • 19 charged for gang violence in Maryland

    08/25/2005 9:57:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,486+ views
    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Nineteen men were charged in a federal racketeering indictment that accuses them of killings and other violent crimes as members of the violent MS-13 gang. The indictments released Thursday say the men committed shootings, kidnappings and other crimes from April 2003 through June of this year. Six people were slain and gang members allegedly attempted to kill five others. The federal indictment, which a grand jury handed up Tuesday, accuses the 19 men of violating federal racketeering law. It does not charge them with individual crimes such as homicide or assault. MS-13, also known as Mara...
  • Border gang seminar canceled [Texas, MS-13]

    08/23/2005 8:21:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 30 replies · 1,394+ views
    Valley Morning Star ^ | August 23, 2005 | FERNANDO DEL VALLE
    HARLINGEN - The U.S. Border Patrol on Monday suddenly canceled a Texas State Technical College-Harlingen seminar on border gangs because a member of the media was in the audience, officials said. The seminar that included TSTC faculty was canceled because it was presenting intelligence information restricted to law enforcement personnel, said Agent Roy Cervantes, a spokesman for the Border Patrol in McAllen. "It has to do with the fact the media was there and the information we have is law enforcement sensitive," Cervantes said. The decision to cancel the seminar because a media representative was in attendance could constitute a...
  • Law enforcement agencies take on MS-13

    08/18/2005 9:45:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 69,178+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/05 | Pete Yost - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials from five countries said Wednesday they are struggling to deal with the street gang called MS-13 that is plaguing communities from the United States to Central America. A meeting at FBI headquarters launched an unprecedented effort to make inroads against what officials called "a culture of violence." "We're trying to build networks of communication for sharing historical and current data on MS-13 members," said Deborah Strebel Pierce, deputy assistant director for the FBI criminal investigative division. Shorthand for Mara Salvatrucha, which loosely translates to guerrilla gang, MS-13 is a Latin American gang founded in...