The U.S. is beefing up efforts to undermine the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a multinational street gang, the Christian Science Monitor reports. On Friday, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said it had arrested 361 people in July and August during a nationwide sweep called Project Razor’s Edge targeting members of MS-13.
Of the 361 arrests, 263 were gang members and associates from 43 different gangs in 71 cities. Of the 98 others caught during the operation, 84 were non-gang members wanted on criminal charges and 14 were arrested for immigration violations. Out of the 263 gang members arrested, 60 percent were MS-13. Last fall for the first time the U.S. Treasury designated a street gang – MS-13 – as a transnational criminal organization, which gave officials more tools to target the group, which engages in the drug, sex, and human trafficking trades.