Justice Department Announces Over 200 MS-13 Arrests In US

MS-13 gang members are arrested during the Department of Homeland Security’s “Operation Raging Bull,” in Dallas Texas on Nov. 15 2017

Sessions said in a statement that the operation's arrests "are the next step toward making this country safer by taking MS-13 off of our streets for good".

Almost 300 members and associates of the infamous transnational drug gang MS-13 have been arrested in an interdepartmental collaboration called Operation: Raging Bull, leadership of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency announced Thursday. All are suspected of being somewhere in the U.S. More than half of those arrested, 121 people, were held on administrative immigration violations.

The second phase took place between October 8 and November 11, in the USA, during which an additional 214 suspected gang members were arrested, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.

Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russian Federation scrutiny Federal Bureau of Investigation can't unlock Texas shooter's phone MORE last month declared MS-13 a priority for his department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF). A previously announced part of the operation led to 53 MS-13 arrests in El Salvador.

Operation Raging Bull involved cooperation at the federal, state, local and worldwide level.

What has attracted law enforcement's attention to MS-13 is not merely its size, but its infamous brutality. 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. "And we will not be done until we totally dismantle this organization. Sixteen of those arrested were US citizens and 198 were foreign nationals, of which only five had legal status to be in the United States".

A map shows the concentration of MS-13 gang arrests during “Operation Raging Bull,” carried out from Oct. 8 through Nov. 11
A map shows the concentration of MS-13 gang arrests during “Operation Raging Bull,” carried out from Oct. 8 through Nov. 11

Of those arrested after entering the USA illegally, ICE officials reported that 64 came to the U.S.as Unaccompanied Alien Children - most of those are now adults. Known for its motto "kill, rape, control", Members are known for their violent, retributive murders, which have included beheadings and the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.

In Los Angeles, California, the arrest of an MS-13 member and citizen of El Salvador, subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for gang offenses and involvement with the murder of an PNC officer in El Salvador.

Colorado was part of those arrests.

But gang membership is not a crime, and the agents did not have a criminal warrant.

ICE officials added six MS-13 gang members to their most wanted list, including one wanted in Montgomery County, Texas, on murder charges.

Individuals are reportedly confirmed gang members if they admit gang membership among other guidelines, many which are hard to prove.

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