According to the Minister of Justice and Security, Gustavo Villatoro, the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES) seized $1.5 million, 396 firearms, and 1,100 vehicles during the emergency regime.
Added to the above are more than 9,300 cell phones, 40,000 portions of different types of drugs, and abundant ammunition.
The head of security highlighted that until last Monday, June 20, there were a total of more than 41,300 gang members arrested, of which more than 33,000 have already passed judicial control. Among those captured are 536 leaders of these criminal structures.
“We are going to continue this battle until we remove every last gang member from our villages, cantons, neighborhoods, and cities. We are going to eradicate this evil,” the official said.
The effectiveness of the frontal combat with the gangs is complemented by the Territorial Control Plan, the security bet devised by President Nayib Bukele, which celebrated three years of implementation on June 20, and several countries have already expressed their interest in resuming this successful security strategy for its effectiveness in combating crime in the face of its tangible results.