Venezuelan Gang Tren de Aragua Found Among Migrants in New York City

The presence of the notorious Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua has been confirmed among the migrant population in New York City, raising concerns about public safety and the need for collaboration between local and federal law enforcement agencies. The gang, known for its brutal tactics, has been linked to a series of smartphone-snatching incidents involving a moped gang responsible for at least 62 cases of grand larceny across the city since November.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban expressed frustration over the lack of information available on these criminal migrants, referring to them as “ghost criminals” due to their lack of criminal history, photos, or even basic identification details. However, it has come to light that Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement possess a database of suspected Tren de Aragua gang members and other criminal affiliations in Latin America. The creation of the Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit by Homeland Security and Peruvian law enforcement further emphasizes the importance of sharing intelligence on Tren de Aragua.

The potential collaboration between Tren de Aragua and El Salvador’s MS-13, with its ties to Mexican cartels, adds another layer of concern. The need for local law enforcement, including the NYPD, to share information with federal agencies, including ICE, is crucial in coordinating arrests and facilitating the deportation of these embedded criminals among innocent migrants. However, the city’s sanctuary law prohibits notifying ICE or providing any information on criminal migrants, hindering deportation proceedings for those who break the law.


Author: CrimeDoor

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