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.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 22 mm
What reads like a work of fiction, so vivid and fantastic is the account of this crusade against MS-13 in San Francisco's Mission District, is, in fact, the story of one investigator's Herculean effort to marshal federal, state and local law enforcement resources to take on and defeat a criminal syndicate as sophisticated as La Cosa Nostra was in its prime, as vicious as any terrorist group and as menacing and dangerous as any subversive organization this nation has ever seen, a victory that was all the more extraordinary given that it played out against the backdrop of a political establishment more concerned with promoting sanctuary for illegal alien criminals than protecting the general public from harm. Operation Devil Horns is a must read for anyone who thinks they know how MS-13 operates, the threat it poses, and what can and must be done to destroy it. -- Joseph P. Russoniello, Former United States Attorney, Northern District of California
Operation Devil Horns is a real-life thriller, taking you inside the savage world of MS-13 in San Francisco-but they are no match for a smart and audacious ICE agent, who also has to fight local sanctuary politics to get the job done. This book couldn't be more timely, as MS-13 has regained a foothold in many American communities, and ICE is again contending with interference from foolish and misguided pro-sanctuary politicians. Read it for the great story, send it to your member of congress, and then go thank your local ICE office for what they do every day to keep us all safe. -- Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies
Operation Devil Horns is a true crime story about one of the most brutal and ruthless transnational gangs in America and the dogged special agents, federal prosecutors and local police officers who took down more than two dozen MS-13 gang members in the City by the Bay. . . . Operation Devil Horns is an interesting and illuminating book about MS-13 and the bold law enforcement operation that took them down in San Francisco. * The Washington Times *