20 youth gang suspects jailed for two months each

A juvenile court judge has remanded 20 minors to two months each of provisional detention while their cases are investigated.

These are suspected members of youth gangs that terrorize much of the La Carpio area in La Uruca. Judicial agents entered the area in strength Thursday and conducted a number of raids to capture the suspects. More than 300 agents entered and searched 26 dwellings in the low-income area.

The Poder Judicial said that the youngsters are suspected of aggravated threats, threats with weapons, aggravated robbery and attempted murder. The arrests came after a six-month investigation, officials said.

Two minors were not jailed. instead they were told to continue working and to avoid contact with the jailed individuals. Another youngster was freed without conditions.

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