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Officials hail large gang round-ups in Central America

Monday, October 2, 2017


A six-month anti-gang sweep across Central America and the United States has netted charges against more than 3,800 members of the violent MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, authorities announced on Friday.

The charges were announced in Miami by acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco and the attorneys general of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

While the vast majority of the charges were brought in El Salvador, MS-13's home turf, officials said more than 70 gang members living in the United States have been indicted in the past six months.

Source: Associated Press