By Douglas Broome, Parole Agent III
Parole Agents from CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operation (DAPO) along with agents from numerous federal agenices, and LA city and county officers dealt a serious blow to the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang on May 17.
Officials reported at least 21 arrests.
The DAPO agents were from the Los Angeles Central Parole District. Participating agencies included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Los Angels Police Department; and Los Angeles County Probation Department
Pre-dawn searches of multiple locations were part of one of the largest crackdowns on MS-13 in Los Angeles County. This operation was a culmination of a two-and-half year FBI investigation into MS-13. On this day of zero-tolerance federal search warrants were served and multiple arrests were made.
The coordinated search of 50 locations was a concerted effort that targeted the leadership, known as “shot-callers,” of local cliques to disrupt, paralyze, and cripple MS-13’s terrorizing hold on the community.
MS-13 began in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles in the 1980s. Its membership, approximately 70,000, has spread throughout the United States and Central America. Their criminal activities include but are not limited to drug trafficking, robbery, human trafficking, extortion, murder, money laundering, prostitution, kidnapping, racketeering, and arms trafficking.
The LA Central District’s Parole Agents along with DEA agents conducted compliance searches at multiple residences of known gang members and associates. In the event the searches yielded any evidence of criminal activities, the DEA agents were there to seize and secure all evidence for criminal prosecution.
Parole Agent III Douglas Broome and Parole Agent I Eugenia Canchola assisted the FBI in identifying all parole targets as well as the planning and coordinating of parole resources.
The operation resulted in dozens of arrests, the seizure of multiple firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, narcotics, and thousands of dollars in cash.