El Salvador enlists U.S. to fight gangs

Police in El Salvador are establishing better contacts with their counterparts in California to gain leverage against gangs involved in smuggling, extortion and other crimes in both nations, officials said. The national police chief of El Salvador, Ricardo Menesses Orellana, is meeting this week with law enforcement officials in Southern California to arrange a new system to share information about notorious multinational street gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha and the Mara 18. Menesses said Tuesday he has directed his intelligence officers to provide U.S. law enforcement with quick access to his agency’s detailed database on 10,500 gang members, including many who have been deported from the United States, while his officers will be able to get information from American police that will help his nation fight gangs. Full Story

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