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Largest ICE sweep to date results in arrest of 1,378 suspected gang members

May 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Largest ICE sweep to date results in arrest of 1,378 suspected gang members

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President Trump’s administration has ended a national six-week sweep of suspected gang members with 1,378 arrests — the largest such gang bust ever carried out by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) National Gan Unit and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The operation, which lasted from March 26th through May 6th, focused on gang members and associates involved in transnational crimes, which include drug, weapons, and sex trafficking, human smuggling, murder, and racketeering.

“Gangs threaten the safety of communities, not just in metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said.

Homan added, “Gang violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”

The ICE  gang sweep seizes cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, during a 6-week period

ICE reported that of the 1,378 arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed members or associates of the Surenos, Bloods and Crips street gangs.

Additionally, 104 of those apprehended had ties with the violent MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed into the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.

“Our efforts to dismantle gangs are effective in areas where our partnership with local law enforcement is strongest,” Homan added.

During the investigation, HSI collaborated with other law enforcement departments to seize over 200 firearms, narcotics such as cocaine, meth, heroin, fentanyl, and marijuana, along with $491,763 in cash.

The most activity occurred in the Houston, New York City, Atlanta, and Newark, N.J., areas.

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