Venezuela Seizes Control of Gang-Run Prison with Pool, Disco

Venezuela Seizes Control of Gang-Run Prison with Pool, Disco

Venezuela has announced the seizure of the Tocoron prison from the Tren de Aragua gang, a powerful criminal organization with international reach. The operation involved 11,000 members of the country’s security forces. The prison, located in the northern state of Aragua, had served as the gang’s headquarters and was equipped with amenities such as a zoo, a pool, and gambling rooms. The government praised law enforcement officers for regaining “total control” of the facility, describing it as a center of conspiracy and crime.

Following the evacuation of the prison, Interior Minister Remigio Ceballos stated that the inmates were being transferred to another facility. However, it was observed that some inmates managed to escape during the operation. As a result, the government announced a “second phase” of the operation to search for and capture these fugitive criminals.

The Tren de Aragua gang, with approximately 5,000 members, is involved in various criminal activities including kidnappings, robberies, drug trafficking, prostitution, extortion, and illegal gold mining. It has also expanded its operations to neighboring countries. The gang’s leader, Hector Guerrero Flores, was serving a 17-year sentence in Tocoron prison for murder and drug trafficking.

The raid on Tocoron prison highlights the dire conditions of Venezuela’s prison system, which is more than 50 percent overcrowded and plagued by poor detention conditions, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Prisons. The operation has been seen as a response to the ongoing prison chaos and government negligence in addressing the issue.


Author: CrimeDoor

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