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Authorities raid Long Island bars in search of MS-13 activity

Only a day after Trump's speech to Long Island law enforcement, a series of raids took place on the island.
(Photo by Edward Kimmel via Flickr)
(Photo by Edward Kimmel via Flickr)

Only one day after President Trump’s policing speech on Long Island, authorities have already raided several bars in the area where they suspected the presence of the MS-13 gang, CBS2 reported.

The crackdown began just after 1 a.m. on Saturday in Huntington Station when agents from the Suffolk Police Department and Homeland Security searched Santa Rosa Restaurant, Safiro Bar, El Triunfo Taverna and La Perfecta Bar and Restaurant.

Six individuals were reportedly arrested on charges including possession of a gambling device, possession of a weapon, impersonation and criminal nuisance.

Less than 24 hours before the crackdown, President Trump stood before crowds of law enforcement officials in Long Island, some from Suffolk County, railing against what he called “weak political leadership” and “weak policing” that he said allowed MS-13 to cross U.S. borders over the years.

“And MS-13, the cartel, has spread gruesome bloodshed throughout the United States,” he stated. “We’ve gotten a lot of them out of here. Big, big percentage. But the rest are coming – they’ll be out of here quickly, right? Quickly. Good.”

Police were unable to say definitively whether those arrested were connected with MS-13, Pix11 reported.