46 SA fugitives arrested in violent criminal roundup

Confirmed gang members apprehended in Operation Violence Reduction 12


SAN ANTONIO – Confirmed members of the Texas Mexican Mafia and Tango Orejon gangs were among 46 violent fugitives arrested in San Antonio in a recent nationwide roundup by the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to a news release, the fugitives were arrested on charges that included homicide; weapons; aggravated assault; sexual assault; assault; robbery; narcotics and kidnapping.

The six-week roundup, Operation Violence Reduction 12, focused on reducing violent crime by apprehending the most-dangerous felony fugitives that included gang members, violent criminals and sex offenders, officials said.

In the Western District of Texas, 334 fugitives were arrested, and 23 firearms and $12,639 in cash were seized, officials said.

Across the nation, Operation VR12 resulted in over 8,000 arrests, including 946 sex offenders, 648 gang members, 559 murder suspects. More than 71 kilograms of illegal narcotics, 463 firearms and $390,360 in cash were seized. 

Investigators also recovered 17 children who had been abducted and reported missing.

"The success of Operation VR12 showcased the proficiency of a nationwide effort to fight crime and also demonstrated what is possible when we as federal, state, and local law enforcement officers work together to make our cities a safer place to live,"  U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte, of the Western District of Texas, said. "We will continue to demonstrate these efforts each day as we seek to arrest the most violent and dangerous fugitives that threaten our communities."

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