Central American Gangs Continue to Plague Both the U.S. and Home Countries

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Friday, April 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On February 21, 2005, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and representatives of police organizations of Central America met in San Salvador, El Salvador and started an initiative to analyze combating gangs known as "maras," whose violent attacks have plagued the region. On February 23, 2005, U.S. authorities in Texas reported the detention of a suspected member of Mara Salvatrucha street gang who is believed to have led an attack on a public bus in Honduras in December 2004 that left 28 people dead, including six children. In his opening of the meeting El Salvador President Antonio Saca affirmed that the phenomenon of gangs have become a regional problem that affects the U.S. Mexico and Central America....[more]