Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras Stage Mass Raids in Crackdown on Crime Organizations

The governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have rounded up hundreds of street gang and crime organization members, as part of a US-backed effort known as “Operation Regional Shield.”

The governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have rounded up hundreds of street gang and crime organization members, as part of a US-backed effort known as “Operation Regional Shield.”

According to an El Pais Monday report, the attorney general’s office in El Salvador has taken the lead, reporting that it obtained arrest warrants for nearly 1,500 suspects, of which 600 had been arrested by Saturday night.

The newspaper pointed out that the week-long effort particularly targeted members of the MS-13 crime organization and the Barrio 18 street gang, which operate in each of these nations. Most of those arrested are currently facing charges ranging from extortion and kidnapping to murder. 

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that authorities in El Salvador and Honduras arrested three dozen suspected immigrant traffickers. Those arrested in Honduras immigrant smuggling ring include three law enforcement agents, a police commissioner, and a deputy inspector.


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