Operation Devil Horns: The Takedown of MS-13 in San Francisco

Operation Devil Horns: The Takedown of MS-13 in San Francisco

by Michael Santini, Ray Bolger

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Special Agent Michael Santini offers an inside account of the takedown of MS-13 in San Francisco—one of the largest federal takedowns of a criminal gang in U.S. history.

In a bid to take down MS-13’s criminal network in the Mission District of San Francisco, Michael Santini, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, recruits a pair of hardened gang members and convinces them to risk their lives as criminal informants. Set in a city with one of the strictest sanctuary policies protecting illegal immigrants in America, Operation Devil Horns illustrates how politically correct ideology impacts life-or-death crime fighting on the streets.

Through the informants’ eyes, Operation Devil Horns offers a rare glimpse into the pervasive criminal subculture of MS-13, a gang of Spanish-speaking immigrants that still terrorizes pockets of American society today – including their own compatriots. The case begins with a focus on the gang in San Francisco, eventually widening to include a network that reaches across borders. Santini tracks down the gang’s leadership from the Bay Area to the prison cells of corrupt Central American regimes. Eventually, it takes the cold-blooded murder of three family members in San Francisco to shake the American public out of complacency and focus sober attention on a growing and violent threat.

This is the story of a dedicated team of special agents, federal prosecutors, and local police who overcome political and legal challenges to take down more than two dozen violent criminal targets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538115640
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 440,313
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Michael Santini is the penname of a career special agent with Homeland Security Investigations. He previously served as a border patrol agent in San Diego, California. For his work as lead case agent on Operation Devil Horns, Michael received a distinguished service medal from the U.S. Attorney General. He has a master’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College in New York.

Ray Bolger is a journalist with over twenty years of experience covering business, technology, finance, government, and crime. His published articles have appeared in many leading outlets including The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hill, and Forbes magazine.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Operation Card Shark

Chapter 2: Diego Gets Arrested

Chapter 3: First Collaboration with SFPD

Chapter 4: Turning an Informant

Chapter 5: Clueless in San Francisco

Chapter 6: Informant 1301 Dives In

Chapter 7: Meetup at Tommy’s Joynt

Chapter 8: Peloncito Threatens Tigre

Chapter 9: Hell in Honduras

Chapter 10: Casper Turns Ratta

Chapter 11: Making the Case in D.C.

Chapter 12: Cyco and Peloncito on the Rise

Chapter 13: The Cagey Coke King

Chapter 14: Tracking Guns in Reno

Chapter 15: Success

Chapter 16: Foiled Sting

Chapter 17: Growing Pressure


Chapter 18: A Proven Prosecutor

Chapter 19: Devil Horns Grows

Chapter 20: 20th Street Power Shift

Chapter 21: Outside the Lines in El Sal

Chapter 22: Diego Returns

Chapter 23: Norteño War Heats Up

Chapter 24: Drive-By Horror: The Final Straw

Chapter 25: Human Hunters Increase the Heat

Chapter 26: Sanctuary City in Panic

Chapter 27: Green-Light for Takedown

Chapter 28: Zero Hour


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