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Venezuela sends 11,000 troops to retake gang-run prison with pool, disco, zoo

  • Venezuela successfully regained control of the Tocoron prison from the Tren de Aragua gang, involving a major operation with 11,000 members of its security forces. The gang had turned the prison into their headquarters, complete with a zoo, a pool, and gambling rooms.
  • The operation led to the evacuation of the inmates, with some escaping and a subsequent announcement of a 'second phase' to search and capture the fugitives. The Tren de Aragua gang, known for its involvement in crime across the country and neighboring nations, has around 5,000 members and is connected to various criminal activities such as kidnappings, drug trafficking, and migrant smuggling.
  • The raid on Tocoron prison highlights the overcrowded and poor detention conditions in Venezuela's prisons, where the government has been criticized for its negligence. The successful regain of control serves as a recognition of the chaos in the prison system.
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