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January 11, 2024San Juan, PR, United StatesNarcotics

Authorities arrest Joshua Siragusa Romero in connection with HSI San Juan's Operation Youngblood; 2 fugitives remain at large

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hours after announcing that authorities would continue searching for Operation Youngblood fugitives, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Juan, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau in Arecibo arrested Joshua Siragusa Romero at the Enrique Zorrilla residential complex in Manati. Siragusa Romero, a member of the criminal organization Hasta Los Marcian, was one of three remaining fugitives from the September 2023 operation.

“As we anticipated, local, municipal and federal components have allocated resources to finish dismantling this criminal organization. Your time is running out. One by one, we are going to come after you. To the two remaining fugitives, once again, come before the authorities,” said HSI San Juan Special Agent in Charge Rebecca Gonzalez-Ramos.

“The fugitive task force of the U.S. Marshals’ Office is not resting; they are working day and night with intelligence to locate these individuals. This is a direct result of teamwork and that our mission is to get fugitives off the street by prioritizing violent fugitives,” said U.S. Marshal Wilmer Ocasio-Ibarra, who oversees the District of San Juan.

Following Siragusa Romero’s arrest, only two of the 42 original fugitives remain at large — Christopher Maldonado-Lopez and Christian Maldonado-Lopez.

If you have information regarding these fugitives, please contact HSI at 787-729-6969, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’ largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.