More than 1300 accused gang members arrested by immigration agents


Authorities have arrested 1,378 people across the United States, including 20 in MI, as part of a six-week operation the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations call its largest gang surge. Those arrested were operating out of a house that was being used for alleged sex trafficking. We develop target packages and go out and arrest gang members for various different violations of law.

"Of the total arrested", it added, "933 were USA citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean". It took place from March 26 to May 6, and was the largest gang operation ever conducted by ICE.

"These violent criminal street gangs are the biggest threat facing our communities", said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan during a press briefing Thursday.

Federal officials released the names of only four of the people arrested in the operation, which the agency dubbed Project New Dawn.

Scott Brown, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Phoenix, said the bust "dealt a serious blow to gang members and other serious criminals as we strive to make our communities safer".

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The national efforts resulted in 1,378 arrests: 1,098 on state and federal charges, including 21 on murder-related charges and seven on rape and sexual assault counts, officials said. Law enforcement also confirmed gang membership with other criteria such as tattoos or if an individual admitted belonging to a gang.

In all, 1,378 were arrested across the United States, 11 of which were in Oklahoma. The Sureños and MS-13 originated in Southern California. The remaining 283 claimed no gang affiliation but were arrested on criminal or administrative charges. Twenty-nine of them allegedly belong to the MS-13 gang.

Three of the gangsters arrested had previously been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Of the 10 captured individuals who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, eight of them were MS-13 members, according to the release.