50 Suspected Salvadoran Gang Members Have Been Arrested During 2023

Como resultado de las acciones del Gobierno de Guatemala a través del Ministerio de Gobernación.

by Astrid Luna

Guatemala City, by Julio Morales -AGN- The Government of Guatemala, through the Ministry of the Interior -Mingob-, has located 50 Salvadorans in Guatemala this year. Among the people arrested, 37 were in Guatemala illegally and  13 were taken before a judge for committing crimes in the country.

These arrests are part of the operational work of the Transnational Anti-Gang Center; the International Police Division; the National Division against the Criminal Development of Gangs; the General Operations Sub-directorate, and the Crimes against Life Division.

The Detainees

On May 26, Salvador Enrique Portillo Landaverde was arrested in a vacant lot in the village of Las Flores in Asunción Mita, Jutiapa. He is an alleged member of the Mara Salvatrucha, who is wanted in his country for participating in the death of a police officer on May 16.

Authorities reported that he was in the country illegally and was taken to the Guatemalan Migration Institute -IGM- at the San Cristóbal border in Atescatempa, Jutiapa.

On that same date, the authorities dismantled the gang of the Mara Salvatrucha in Lomas de Maza, Coatepeque.

The report states that the five Guatemalans and one Salvadoran had:

  • Three firearms
  • One vehicle
  • A stolen motorcycle

The Salvadoran is a 19-year-old name Irvin Natanael Chileño, aka El Malandro. Upon checking the database, it notified that Chileño was arrested in 2021 and accused of illegal possession of a firearm and extortion.

Located in Jutiapa

On May 24, near the Tamazulapa bridge, in Asunción Mita, Jutiapa, Jorge Alexander Galán Pérez, 35 years old, an alleged member of Mara 18, was located.


The report states that in 2022, 94 Salvadorans were arrested, 46 from Mara Barrio 18 and 36 from the MS. Of these, the membership of 12 has not been determined.

Of those arrested, 19 are facing charges in Guatemala for crimes against life, and 75 were sent to their country of origin. Authorities reaffirm their commitment to fight against gang members in the country.

They also invite the population to report any criminal act committed by these individuals through the following telephone numbers and methods:

  • 110 of the PNC
  • 1174 anti-extortion line
  • Mobile application ReportesMP
  • website https://www.mp.gob.gt/
  • 1574 to report extortions

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