At least 25 members of the criminal organization “Rompe ONU” were captured in Puerto Rico

Five firearms and numerous drugs were seized during the operation – Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images.

A total of 25 members of a criminal organization from the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico were arrested Thursday by local authorities in a public housing project.

The gang members of the group known as “Rompe ONU” (Organización de Narcotraficantes Unidos or, in English, United Drug Traffickers Organization) were captured in the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga public housing complex in Trujillo Alto, a municipality neighboring San Juan.

Members of the Bureau of Drugs, Narcotics, Vice, and Illegal Weapons Control arrested the gang members and seized illegal firearms and controlled substances.

Commander Wilson Lebron, the director of the unit, informed that among those arrested was the second in command of the gang and a federal convict for violation of the Controlled Substances Act who was on probation.

Although it was dismantled by federal agencies several years ago, the organization began to regain strength.

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“There have been several murders in this area, and we can attribute them to this group because of the fight for drug trafficking,” said Lebrón.

He added that five firearms and a large number of drugs, bullets, magazines, and cash were seized.

Eight unoccupied apartments in the aforementioned public housing complex were also seized, and two were inhabited without authorization, for which they would face charges for the crime of usurpation.