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December 22, 2023San Juan, PR, United StatesNarcotics

HSI’s Operation Youngblood update: 1 more subject arrested, only 4 subjects still at large

SAN JUAN — Homeland Security Investigations San Juan, along with the Puerto Rico Police Bureau and the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Shaquille Emmanuel Rivera–De Jesus, one of the fugitives of HSI’s Operation Youngblood executed on Sept. 22, 2023. Rivera-De Jesus was one of the five subjects still at large and a member of the criminal organization Hasta los Marcian.

At the time of the arrest, special agents seized 220 bags of crack, 105 crack capsules, 174 grams of crack, five bags of marijuana and $1,783 in cash from the subject’s residence in Manati.

There are now only four fugitives out of the 42 indicted, including: Joshua Siragusa-Romero, Christopher Maldonado-Lopez, Christian Maldonado-Lopez and Christopher Alberto Centeno.

“As mentioned previously, we have all the resources and digital capabilities to locate and arrest these fugitives. Based on the seizures today, these individuals have no respect toward law enforcement and are still running drug points and selling garbage in the streets,” said HSI San Juan Special Agent in Charge Rebecca Gonzalez-Ramos. “My advice to the remaining fugitives is to turn themselves in. It’s just a matter of time before we knock on their doors. The U.S. Marshals Service, the Puerto Rico Police Bureau, the FBI, DEA and HSI will always come together to bring peace to our island.”

“All cases are important to the United States Marshals and our investigations never stop. The main mission is bringing fugitives to justice,” said U.S. Marshal Wilmer Ocasio-Ibarra. “Rivera-De Jesus did not only think he could escape justice, but continued to commit crimes and threaten our communities, which will not be tolerated. Our deputies, along with HSI, the FBI and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau worked together on this case. Today we can report to our great people of the Municipality of Manati and neighboring towns that this violent offender is off the streets. We will continue to be the watchmen for all those thinking they will never be brought to justice.”

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

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HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 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’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.