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NY Police Raid MS-13 Hangouts — Arrest Nine

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Suffolk County, NY

Suffolk County law enforcement and New York State Liquor Authority officers conducted inspections at two known MS-13 haunts in New York. The inspections led to the arrest of seven people. Officials turned two others over to immigration officials.

At about 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, State Liquor Authorities officers entered two Patchogue, New York, bars that are reportedly known MS-13 hangouts. Officials conducted “inspections” of the Cuscatlon Lounge and the El Capitan Sports Bar. Police took a total of nine people into custody, Patch.com reported.

An inspection of the Cuscatlon Lounge resulted in a total closure of the bar after inspectors found numerous safety violations. Police arrested 18-year-old Garcia Blanco, a Brentwood resident, on an outstanding warrant. The Brookhaven Fire Marshall issued nine code violation summonses while the Brookhaven Town Building Department issued six more. State liquor inspectors issued eight more summonses and Suffolk County police laid down 12 more.

Police also arrested Konrad Franco, 22, on charges of criminal possession of marijuana. Officials shut down the bar because of the numerous violations.

Police arrested five more people at the El Capitan Sports Bar and issued 15 summonses to the bar’s owner Alcides Blanco, 53, also a Brentwood resident, Patch.com reported.

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The Brentwood area is well known for MS-13 gang activity. In June, Breitbart Texas reported the arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers of 39 MS-13 gang members in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

In July, President Donald Trump traveled to Brentwood to address law enforcement officers and declare war on gangs like MS-13, Breitbart News’ Charlie Spiering reported.

Patch.com reports those arrested at the El Capitan include:

  • Kessada Jacques, 38, of Wyandanch, was charged with a security guard violation, 89-N of the general business law.
  • James Sykes, 30, of Patchogue, was charged with a security guard violation, 89-N of the general business law.
  • Ivis Turcios, 29, of East Patchogue, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
  • Wendy Mondragon, 29, of Central Islip, was arrested for a bench warrant.
  • Jorge Valdez, 33, of East Patchogue, was arrested for a bench warrant.

Police also turned over Patchogue residents Jose Sebastian Fuentes-Orellana, 30, and Abraham Francisco Joya Santos, 20, to ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents for possible immigration violations. Breitbart Texas reached out to ICE officials in New York for additional information on these two suspects. A response was not immediately available.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told Newsday.com, “Wherever MS-13 hangs out, we want them to be uncomfortable and not able to do business. In case they haven’t gotten the message, they’re not welcome here.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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