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How the dreaded Tren de Aragua works, Venezuela’s criminal mega-gang expands to other Latin American countries

  • Norberto Paredes @norbertparedes
  • BBC News World

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During a prison rugby match, Venezuelan officials guard prisoners at the Tocorón prison, said to be the “headquarters” of the Aragua train.

After evacuating 23 houses in Cerro Suno, an impoverished area of ​​Arica in Chile’s extreme north, on June 16, police found weapons, drugs and a buried body with signs of torture of a man who had already worn the month of the dead. , according to the autopsy.

Agents arrested 17 people charged with crimes related to drug trafficking, smuggling, weapons possession, trafficking and illegal association.

In some Latin American countries, this type of activity has become common in recent decades, but in Chile, one of the continent’s safest countries, cause a stir.

“I want them to know that we are going to persecute them,” the country’s president, Gabriel Boric, warned days later.