sábado, 1 de febrero de 2014

Over 60 gangsters held around El Salvador over extortions, murders

More than 250 policemen swept in to arrest 67 suspected members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang suspected to have run an extortion racket in the capital San Salvador, after months of investigations that followed complaints lodged earlier with the Police. The operation involved the country's anti-gangs squad, policemen from outside the capital and officers of the state prosecution service; arrests were made in the capital and in peripheral districts including Soyapango, Mejicanos, San Martín, Ilopango and Sonsonate, all recurring names in the daily litany of criminal reporting. The extortion gang, dubbed Los Centrales Locos Salvatruchos, exacted sums of between USD 20 and 100 from a range of shopkeepers and street salesmen, the Salvadorean daily El Mundo reported on 1 February. A policeman was cited as saying that the Centrales was one of the capital's most dangerous gangs. Police also confiscated notebooks detailing how much was to be taken from whom, and how the money was to be spent. Police separately arrested on 1 February two presumed members of the Mara 18 gang suspected of involvement in killing six people outside a church in the western district of Tacuba, where they were detained, Elsalvador.com reported. The country's anti-gangs police were reported as seeking three other accomplices in the crime, which the report did not date. The same website cited Police as counting 230 criminal killings nationwide in the period 1-30 January, compared to 193 cited for those days in 2013.

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