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This is the kind of good news I want to read about every day. These gangs are turning our inner cities into bad places and it is time to run these monsters out of the country, or incarcerate them all.
Caso Pilato, an 18 month investigation into the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) in El Salvador, with significant support from HSI San Salvador, concluded last week with the arrests of 53 MS-13 members and associates during Operation Tecana, the enforcement phase of the investigation.
By the way, “Mara Salvatrucha” of “MS-13” roughly translates to “Salvadorian Crew” and I am so happy to see El Salvador taking some responsibility and working with the US on this.
“ICE has already sent a clear message to MS-13: you are not welcome in the United States and you will find no harbor here,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan. “These arrests, in coordination with our Salvadoran counterparts, show that they will find no harbor in El Salvador either. Working together with our international law enforcement partners, we will continue to dismantle MS-13 piece by piece wherever they attempt to victimize innocent communities,” Homan added.
I love those strong words, rarely heard under the previous administration! Director Homan makes it very clear that we’re done with this nonsense, and we’re going to end it.
Caso Pilato and Operation Tecana focused on disrupting the capacity of the Stoners Locos Clique of MS-13 to obtain and utilize illicit proceeds. The Stoners Locos had generated $1.9 million in illicit revenue since 2015 through crimes such as extortion, robbery, vehicle theft, money laundering, assault, and homicide.
Keep it up, ICE! America is behind you all the way! Keep Winning!