GUATEMALA City, Guatemala Guatemalan law enforcement arrested one particular of the top rated leaders of the Salvadoran criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) on Tuesday and confiscated arms and motor vehicles, a law enforcement spokesman mentioned.
Mara Salvatrucha and rival gang Barrio eighteen command total metropolis neighborhoods in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Their feuds, extortion rackets and fights with protection forces make the 3 international locations among the world’s deadliest nations outside the house a war zone in phrases of murder costs.
Hundreds of hundreds of individuals flee the gang violence every 12 months, migrating to the United States and Mexico, in accordance to the U.N. refugee agency.
Pedro Benjamin Rivas Zelaya, also acknowledged as Jose Isaias Flores De Paz, was on El Salvador’s top rated 10 most-needed list after escaping a law enforcement raid in his household state, where he is accused of aggravated homicide and staying a member of a terrorist organization.
“Flores De Paz, alias ‘Sniper’ was needed internationally,” mentioned law enforcement spokesman Pablo Castillo.
Rivas will be handed more than to Salvadoran authorities, he mentioned.
Guatemalan law enforcement arrested at the very least 6 other individuals and seized rifles, pistols, grenades and stolen autos throughout the operation, he mentioned.
(Reporting by Invoice Barreto Extra reporting by Sofia Menchu Writing by Anthony Esposito Editing by Dan Grebler)