'Operation Raging Bull' results in 267 MS-13 arrests

'Operation Raging Bull' results in 267 MS-13 arrests

"MS-13 has always been a priority for ICE", said Thomas Homan, ICE Deputy Director.

"This successful operation continues our efforts to attack MS-13 - both domestically and overseas - disrupting their financial networks", said Homan.

The arrests were made as part of continued targeting of the gang. Martinez, 21, was arrested on November 1, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston. Authorities say that it has more than 30,000 members worldwide and more than 10,000 in the U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

The group of 214 include 193 illegal aliens, including 121 arrestees who will be deported but will not face criminal charges. The remaining 198 were foreign nationals, of which only five were legally allowed to be in the U.S. Sixty-four of them illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied alien children, the press release claimed. All are suspected of being somewhere in the U.S. That invite spiraled out of control, resulting in a huge wave of migrants in 2014, which helped Donald Trump get elected.

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.

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"Operation Raging Bull" was led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with support from federal, state, local and worldwide law enforcement partners, and was conducted in support of the Department of Justice's renewed prioritization of the violent transnational gang.

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.

The first phase of the operation involved risky members of the gang, and the initial arrests in El Salvador numbered 53, after a year and a half of investigation that concluded in September.

MS-13, which is short for Mara Salvatrucha, was originally set up in Los Angeles in the 1980s to protect Salvadorean immigrants in the city.

Operation Raging Bull involved cooperation at the federal, state, local and worldwide level. USCIS had one of its Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) agents at the Raging Bull command center full time to work to that effect.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday that it had completed an global operation to help dismantle the deadly immigrant gang MS-13. "These 267 arrests are the next step toward making this country safer by taking MS-13 off of our streets for good". 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.

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