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Corpus Christi leads the nation in ICE gang operation arrests

May 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Corpus Christi leads the nation in ICE gang operation arrests (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Corpus Christi, Texas is heading the U.S. in the number of gang-related arrests, Homeland Security officials reported.

As JammedUp News reported, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations recently executed the largest operation across the United States targeting criminal street gangs.

Federal authorities targeted several organizations including MS-13, Surenos, Bloods and Crips street gangs.

Over a six-week period, the sweep by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers arrested over 1,378 purported gang members nationwide.

ICE gang operation resulted in over 1,000 gang arrests nationwide (photo courtesy of ICE)

According to the Washington Free Beacon, agents detained more purported gang members in Corpus Christi compared to any other city in the country.

Authorities reported that 164 suspects were taken into custody in the Corpus Christi area. Alternatively, the city of Houston only saw 41 arrests.

Homeland Security’s top priority was to stop gang-related activity such as weapons and drug trafficking.

At the end of the operation, ICE agents seized over $50 thousand in cash, about 47 firearms, and illicit narcotics including more than two lbs of cocaine, over five lbs of meth, heroin, and 16 pounds of marijuana.

Agents revealed that several of the individuals arrested were apprehended red-handed dealing drugs. Of the 147 people who were arrested in Corpus Christi, 16 are facing federal charges.

A majority of those detained in the federal gang sweep, 955, were U.S. citizens, and 445 were foreign nationals from around the world.

The arrests resulted from a multi-agency probe that included HSI, local departments, along with FBI and ATF agents.

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