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MS-13 gang member among 6 arrested by DEA on drug charges

MS-13 gang member among 6 arrested by DEA on drug charges

A member of the violent transnational gang MS-13 was among six men and one woman arrested on Friday in an operation that also seized two kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of illegal pills.

Local news affiliate KOLD 13 reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Monday that it had conducted raids on four residences in the Tucson area, resulting in the arrests of six people and the seizure of drugs, guns and about $28,000 in cash.

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DEA agents added that at least one of the six arrested had admitted to being a member of MS-13: Jose Gonzalez-Ramos, who along with the others reportedly faces multiple charges related to illegal drugs and guns found at the four residences. 

“The safety and protection of American citizens by targeting drug traffickers, violent gang members and other criminal organizations is our highest priority,” Doug Coleman, the special agent overseeing the DEA in Arizona, told KOLD.

“These criminals who prey on our communities will be discovered, and along with our law enforcement partners, the men and women of DEA will bring them to justice," he added.

Along with the six arrests, officers seized around 1,000 pills suspected to contain fentanyl, a synthetic opiate sold as a more potent form of heroin. Others arrested included Yasary Bejarano, Luis Adrian Gonzalez Perez, Carlos Daniel Pineda Martinez, Jorge Marin Cuevas and John Hernandez Vera, according to KOLD.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE has blamed Democratic politicians and so-called sanctuary city policies for allowing MS-13 and other drug cartels to operate within the U.S., though there is no evidence that cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities experience higher rates of cartel-related crime.