Nashville MS-13 arrest follows data showing surge of gang apprehensions by CBP

CBP data shows MS-13 accounts for nearly half of gang member apprehensions by the agency for Fiscal Year 2019. Photo: U.S. ICE

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The arrest of an undocumented teen accused of kidnapping a Nashville high school student and beating him for refusing to join a gang comes just weeks after the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released new information on the gang.

According to court documents, 18-year-old Franklin Jefferson Pineda-Caceres kidnapped and beat a Glencliff High School student after the student refused to join the gang known as MS-13.

Otherwise known as Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13 was designated as a transnational criminal organization by the Department of Treasury in 2012. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) notes the gang is known for "aggressively recruiting the youngest and most vulnerable community members into the gang."

According to numbers released by CBP for the current fiscal year running from October 2018-August 31, 2019, apprehensions of MS-13 gang members is on the rise. Of the 933 apprehensions by CBP of persons with gang affiliations, nearly half (445) were members of MS-13. The totals reflect an increase of 32 arrests compared to FY 2018.

The increases in 2018 and 2019 are nearly double that of previous years, which saw 228 MS-13 apprehensions by CBP in 2017 and 253 in 2016. MS-13 apprehensions exceed totals of the 18th Street gang which ranks second in 2019 with 165 apprehensions.

There were 808 gang apprehensions by CBP in FY 2018 compared to this year's 933.

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