El Salvador delivered a big blow to the notorious MS-13 street gang, or Mara Salvatrucha, during a year-long operation that nabbed over 600 members, government officials revealed during a press conference on Tuesday.
'Operation Arpon', the nationwide probe also took down 18 high-level leaders, according to Attorney General Douglas Melendez.
The investigation centered around MS-13 gang activity that has for years plagued the western, central and eastern areas of the countries and destabilized El Salvador collectively and forced its citizens to seek refuge in the United States.
The crackdown on the vicious gang will certainly be welcomed by President Donald Trump, who has constantly made it a point to use the MS-13 as an example for his anti-immigration policies and the administration's zero tolerance approach at the Mexico-US border.
During a December 2017 at the FBI Academy in Virginia, Trump said he would rather deport MS-13 gang members instead of housing them in American jails.
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