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.
By Michael Santini and Ray Bolger
Chapter 1: Operation Card Shark
Chapter 2: Diego Gets Arrested
Chapter 3: First Collaboration with SFPD
Chapter 4: Turning an Informant
Chapter 5: Clueless in San Francisco
Chapter 6: Informant 1301 Dives In
Chapter 7: Meetup at Tommy's Joynt
Chapter 8: Peloncito Threatens Tigre
Chapter 9: Hell in Honduras
Chapter 10: Casper Turns Ratta
Chapter 11: Making the Case in D.C.
Chapter 12: Cyco and Peloncito on the Rise
Chapter 13: The Cagey Coke King
Chapter 14: Tracking Guns in Reno
Chapter 15: Success
Chapter 16: Foiled Sting
Chapter 17: Growing Pressure
Chapter 18: A Proven Prosecutor
Chapter 19: Devil Horns Grows
Chapter 20: 20th Street Power Shift
Chapter 21: Outside the Lines in El Sal
Chapter 22: Diego Returns
Chapter 23: Norteño War Heats Up
Chapter 24: Drive-By Horror: The Final Straw
Chapter 25: Human Hunters Increase the Heat
Chapter 26: Sanctuary City in Panic
Chapter 27: Green-Light for Takedown
Chapter 28: Zero Hour