Posted: Monday, May 9, 2022. 8:08 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Police Department has arrested another member of the Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) that was found in Belize.
Police Commissioner Chester Williams confirmed today that the MS-13 member had been picked up on Friday. Reports are that three more members of the MS-13 gang were arrested in the Cayo district last week.
The MS-13 gang has been an issue in Belize since last year, as members of the gang were expected to be responsible for escalating violence in the Krooman Lagoon community in Belize City.
With El Salvador’s recent crackdown on gangs, which saw the arrest of over 24,000 gang members in a three-week span, MS-13 members are reportedly fleeing to other neigbouring countries in Central America.
In response, security forces have increased their presence at the borders, particularly in western Belize.
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