Twenty people were arrested on Thursday by U.S. and Puerto Rican authorities in different public housing projects in San Juan for drug trafficking, illegal use of weapons and armed car theft.
"The group devoted itself mainly to robbery ... thus furthering its illegal activities, obtaining profits and continuing with its criminal activities," FBI spokesman Moises Quiñones told Efe on Thursday.
He said that the 20 people arrested - all of whom are men - belong to the Rompe ONU organization and he added that most of the arrests were made in the Los Clavales, Los Laureles and Jardines del Paraiso housing developments.
Quiñones, however, said that no weapons or drugs were found during the operation, in which agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives participated.
The arrests are another heavy blow against criminal organizations in Puerto Rico after on Tuesday authorities arrested almost 200 people around the island for different crimes.
Of that total, 30 were taken into custody in the Nemesio Canales public housing project in San Juan, which is very near the Puerto Rico Police Department headquarters and the Plaza Las Americas, the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean. EFE