Mayor and Retired Honduras National Police Sub-Commissioner Arrested for Organized Crime Involvement

Police in Honduras on Tuesday arrested eight people, including Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejía mayor of Talanga a town close to the capital city of Tegucigalpa and a former policeman ex-Sub-Commissioner Álvaro García, on charges of links to one of the country’s most feared criminal gangs.

Mayor of Talanga Honduras Jorge Neptaly Romero Arrested for Ties to Organized Crime

Mayor of Talanga Honduras Jorge Neptaly Romero Arrested for Ties to Organized Crime

Retired National Honduras Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro García Arrested for Ties to Organized Crime

Retired National Honduras Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro García Arrested for Ties to Organized Crime

Arrest were carried out following a long investigation involving over 700 law enforcement personnel. Law enforcement units involved in the investigations included the Organized Crime, Anti Narcotics and Anti Gang Units. Honduran military police assisted in the apprehension and arrest warrants.

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

They were taken to maximum-security holding cells pending prosecution on charges of criminal association, extortion and murder, the head of the police investigation unit, Ricardo Castro, told a news conference.

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez congratulated Law Enforcement personnel for the huge blow dealt to Organized Crime following the arrest of the Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired Sub-National Police Sub-Commissioner Alvaro Garcia. He pointed out that besides being a direct blow to Organized crime and Gang activity directly tied to the Mara Salvatrucha, the assets seized represent the first directly tied to major extortion activities. He qualified the law enforcement success an “Avalanche to Extortionist”

The suspects were thought to be connected to Mara Salvatrucha, a gang that counts among the most vicious in the country.

Cash Seized During Arrest of Retired Honduras National Police Sub-Commissioner Alvaro Garcia directly identified as Proceeds from Extortion Activities

Cash Seized During Arrest of Retired Honduras National Police Sub-Commissioner Alvaro Garcia directly identified as Proceeds from Extortion Activities. Photo Courtesy: Radio America

Cash Seized During Arrest of Retired Honduras National Police Sub-Commissioner Alvaro Garcia directly identified as Proceeds from Extortion Activities

Cash Seized During Arrest of Retired Honduras National Police Sub-Commissioner Alvaro Garcia directly identified as Proceeds from Extortion Activities.  Photo Courtesy: Radio America

Authorities also seized 42 properties, 13 companies, 53 vehicles and a clinic owned by the suspects on suspicion they came from gang-related activities.

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras Properties Seized During Arrest of Jorge Neptaly Romero Mejia, Mayor of Talanga and Retired National Police Sub Commissioner Alvaro Garcia Proceeds tied to Extortion and other Organized Crime Activities

Honduras’ government has been waging a hard-line campaign against gangs that make the country, along with neighboring El Salvador and Guatemala.


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