US justice announces detention of three Salvadoran mafia godfathers

US Justice Announces Detention of Three Salvadoran Mafia Godfathers< /p> UPDATE DAY

American justice announced on Thursday that it has detained three of the highest sponsors of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), one of the most bloodthirsty criminal gangs in Central America and the United States, after their arrest in Mexico. 

Vladimir Antonio Arevalo-Chavez, 47, Walter Yovani Hernandez-Rivera, 29, and Marlon Antonio Menjivar-Portillo, 47, all three of Salvadoran nationality, were arrested on Wednesday in Mexico, where they were in an irregular situation, and extradited to the United States where they were wanted, explained in a court document the federal prosecutor's office for the Eastern District of New York.

They were charged with “criminal association, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to commit acts of narcoterrorism,” the prosecution said in a statement.

In total, thirteen leaders of the MS-13 are targeted by the indictment of the New York justice, but four are still at large and six “are presumed to be in detention in El Salvador”, adds the prosecution, according to which the “United States will explore the possibility of extradition with the government of El Salvador”.

According to the American justice, all are part “of the command and control structure of the MS-13 (… ) and play an important role in the organization's operations in El Salvador, Mexico, the United States and around the world.”

The defendants “engaged in an endless list of terrorist activities aimed at influencing the government of El Salvador”, but are also accused of having “authorized and ordered their violence in the United States, Mexico and elsewhere within the framework of 'a concerted plan to extend the influence and territorial control of MS-13,' adds the prosecution.

Last June, El Salvador assured that sponsors of the Mara Salvatrucha had fled in Mexico, driven out by Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele's “war” against gangs.

As part of this “war on gangs”, the Salvadoran government established an emergency regime that allows arrests without a warrant. As a result, some 58,000 people had been arrested by December.

The Mara Salvatrucha (“the Salvadoran gang”, or MS-13), was formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s by Salvadoran immigrants before being exported to Central America and other parts of the United States.