Venezuela sends 11,000 soldiers to retake the Tocorón prison, base of the Tren de Aragua gang, where there was a nightclub, zoo and swimming pool

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More than 11,000 military and police officers Venezuela They took the early morning of this Wednesday Tocorón prisonmain center of operations of the feared Train from Araguaa criminal gang that operates in several Latin American countries.

After the takeover by means of a huge security deployment that included armored vehicles, the Tocorón penitentiary center (Aragua state, north) “will go into a restructuring process and will be completely vacated,” the government reported in a statement.

“More than 11,000 qualified personnel have been deployed, ready to restore and dignify the penitentiary system national,” the authorities reported earlier. “A conspiracy and crime center, used by an international criminal network, was dismantled.”

A hundred relatives of inmates, many of whom lived in the prison and were evicted, remained at the doors of the place waiting for “news.”

“I am waiting for them to tell me where they are taking my husband. I have no news (…). I lived there, but they took us away,” she told AFP. Gladys Hernandez. “I’m afraid they won’t come out alive,” she said. Rubieles Mejíaswho has a romantic relationship with another of the prisoners.

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