Honduran government freezes more than US$2.2 million in Mara Salvatrucha accounts

Honduran authorities rolled out Operation Avalancha 2 against the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) over three days starting on 17 October 2016, which included raids, seizures of property and freezing bank accounts amounting to US$2.2 million (La Prensa). According to authorities, the money allegedly belongs to members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha and the accounts were in a variety of banks, cooperatives, and financial institutions (La Prensa). Aside from the frozen accounts, authorities conducted 60 raids and seized over 1,500 items of property, including 1,434 vehicles, 107 residences, and 18 business corporations according to El Heraldo. During the operation, authorities captured former police connected to the MS, Roberto Armando Carranza Romero, alias Carranza, and Héctor Jacinto Mendoza Gonzáles, alias Camuma. Both men are tied to the assassination of two attorneys, Marlene Banegas and Olga Eufragio (El Heraldo).