ICE arrests way over 1K gang members in largest nationwide roundup

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced to the vicious gang organizations on April 28, “We are coming after you.”  The promise is being kept.

The Trump administration recently concluded a six-week nationwide anti-gang operation that led to the arrest of 1,378 suspected members, making it the largest of its kind conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s website, the operation ran from March 26 to May 6 and targeted gang members and affiliates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, and racketeering.

Here is a breakdown of the 1,378 arrests made:

  • 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges.
  • 21 individuals were arrested on murder-related charges.
  • 7 arrested for rape and sexual assault charges.
  • 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations.
  • 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

Additionally, 1,095 were confirmed as gang members and affiliates, and 104 of whom were members of the nefarious MS-13 gang.

Of the 1,378 total arrested, 1,095 were confirmed as gang members and affiliates including: 137 affiliated with the Bloods; 118 with the Sureños; 104 with MS-13, and 104 with the Crips. The remaining 283 claimed no gang affiliation but were arrested on either criminal or administrative charges.

Ten individuals arrested during the operation crossed the U.S. border as unaccompanied minors. Nine of the 10 were confirmed as gang members, eight of whom were identified as MS-13 members.

The operation involved partnerships between HSI and several other law enforcement agencies in seizing a reported 238 firearms, narcotics like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana and $491,763 in U.S. currency, says the report.

Enforcement actions reportedly occurred throughout the nation, but the greatest amount of activity took place in the Houston, New York City, Atlant, and Newark, N.J.

“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere. Our efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where a partnership with local law enforcement is strongest.”

H/T: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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