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Latino Daily News

Monday July 19, 2010

Crackdown on Illegal Gang Members Continues with 105 Arrested in Texas

Assisted by local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 105 men and women during a five-day operation targeting foreign-born gang members and their associates throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  This is the latest local effort in an ongoing national initiative to target foreign-born gang members and gang associates.

This multi-agency operation targeted gang members and associates engaged in organized criminal activity. Sixty seven of those arrested during this operation are documented gang members; five are gang associates from local street gangs. Five additional suspects were apprehended on other criminal and federal immigration charges. Investigation is continuing to determine the gang affiliation of the others and their rank in the gang structure.  Seventy-two were arrested on criminal warrants or charges; 33 were administratively arrested by ICE on immigration violations.  Of those arrested, 57 are from Mexico, 42 are U.S. citizens, four are from El Salvador, and two are from Honduras.

Some of these gang members are sought or have been arrested for various crimes, including: home invasion robberies, drive-by shootings, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession/manufacture of controlled substance, unlawfully carrying a weapon, burglary, theft, evading arrest, and resisting arrest.  Information received by ICE indicates that criminal gangs are becoming increasingly involved in north Texas with smuggling and distributing narcotics, laundering illicit drug proceeds, and other illegal activities.

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