Notorious MS-13 Gang Leader Caught!

Early Saturday morning, police in Guatemala made an announcement that one of the most feared leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13), Ángel Gabriel Reyes Marroquín aka Blanco, was found in the town of Chimaltenango, approximately 31 miles west of the capital. Being one of the most famous criminal cartels operating within both Central America and the United States since the 1980s, the Ms-13 street gang was born in LA but originated within El Salvador, as members fled from the country during its “long and brutal” civil war. The gang, soon after becoming designated by the US National Treasury in 2012 as a “transnational criminal organization” to which were similarly associated with much larger cartels such as the Japanese Yakuza and Italian Camorra, has been seen to cause international domestic and foreign terrorism within the U.S and parts of Central America. One of most notable trait of the gang, comes in it’s members large chest and upper body tattoo’s that are said to “brand” the members for life, causing even some members to kill fellow comrades who attempt to leave, while sticking close to their motto…”Kill, rape, and control.” Blanco, the “ranflero” or head of the Locos Centrales unit of MS-13 was reportedly wanted for several connections to attacking a hospital two months ago in an armed attack, leaving 7 shot dead and 12 severely wounded. He is charged with over 287 murders and is currently being sent to El Boquerón prison in Culiapa. His arrest comes with praise for the Guatemalan authorities, whom have come under the pressure of the Trump administration to continue to do more to break up these cartel/gang networks. As president Trump stated in recent talks over the gang preceding the murders in Long Island, ” They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful, quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields…slashing at them with machetes and stabbing them with knives.” The gangs reign of terror however is far from over. As attacks continue to persist, one can only hope that no attempts to break-out Blanco will occur.


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