SAN SALVADOR ( Associated Press) – More than a thousand soldiers and 130 police agents surrounded a community recognized on Saturday as one of the areas with the most drug trafficking activity in the Salvadoran capital.
President Nayib Bukele said on his official Twitter account that the Tutunichapa community in San Salvador has been completely closed since this morning.
“Without removing a single element from the Soyapango siege, more than 1,000 soldiers and 130 police officers will take out the remaining criminals in this community famous for drug trafficking,” the president said.
For his part, the Minister of Public Security, Gustavo Villatoro, told the press in the area that an intervention had been made in a house occupied by a drug kingpin in said community.
When they searched the home, they found a firearm and more than $10,000 in cash, believed to be the product of drug trafficking, the minister said.
He explained that more than 1,000 soldiers and 130 police officers participate in the operation, “among whom we have 11 canine agents who specialize in drug detention.”
In a message to residents of the Tutunichapa community, Bukele said: “All terrorists, drug traffickers and gang members will be removed from this community, which was a crime hotbed a few months ago. Upright citizens have nothing to fear and can lead their lives normally.
Soyapango, with over one million inhabitants, became the first municipality to intervene within a plan implemented by Bukele to combat gangs.
Since 3 December, more than 10,000 members of the armed forces and police, supported by elite security forces, have completely surrounded the city of Soypango, the third most populous municipality in the country, on the outskirts of the capital. ,
Elite units of the armed forces and police are participating in the operation, and drones and trained dogs were used to trace the gang members who are believed to be still hiding in the area. Security forces say they have arrested more than 500 gang members.