MS-13, or as it is called La Mara Salvatrucha, originated in Los Angeles among immigrants from Latin America. According to the FBI in the United States group has 10 thousand members. Especially a lot of MS-13 gangsters in Los Angeles, New York, northern Virginia and Maryland. The total number of groups - 60 thousand people.
MS-13 is one of the most violent gangs in the United States, known for the fact that they beheaded their enemies. It deals with almost all kinds of criminal business, ranging from theft, and ending with the arms trade. La Mara Salvatrucha is suspected of having links with international terrorist organization "Al Qaeda". According to police, in a few years MS-13 supplied the terrorists various types of small arms. In addition, criminals helped the Islamists to penetrate into the territory of the United States.
More than 650 people suspected of having ties to MS-13 - one of the most famous American gangs, were arrested during a large-scale raid, which was carried out simultaneously in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The raid, which lasted two days and ended in the early morning on Thursday, attended by more than 6,400 law enforcement officers of the five countries. Coordinated operation of the FBI headquarters in Washington.
"For 23 years of my life to the FBI I have not seen anything like this," - says the veteran Chris Shveker Bureau. In the operation, he participated as an observer. "The history of our law enforcement agencies did not know of such precedents," - says Alejandro Diaz de Leon, a police officer from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Most large-scale detentions have been carried out in El Salvador (237), Honduras (162), Guatemala (98) and Mexico (90). In 13 states in the US have been arrested 73 people, half of whom were behind bars on suspicion of violating immigration laws. Here in California alone 32 people were detained.