‘Operation Matador’ gang sweep shrouded in secrecy

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Suspected members of the MS-13 gang were escorted, Jan. 11, to their arraignment in Mineola, N.Y. A sweep of alleged MS-13 gang members on Long Island has racked up impressive arrest totals but also left unanswered questions. Since May, federal authorities say they’ve arrested more than 220 members of the notorious street gang. But authorities have largely declined multiple requests for even the most basic information about the arrests.

NEW YORK >> It was a tally so impressive that President Donald Trump touted it at his State of the Union address: Since May, agents cracking down on the violent gangs terrorizing the working-class suburbs of Long Island had swept up 428 gang suspects, including 220 members of the notorious MS-13.

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