A nation wide sweep that was six weeks long has ended up with the arrest of 1,378 dangerous people. The majority of the people arrested have been known to have collaboration with gangs.
This is the largest gang sweep that has been ever conducted by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.
The operation went from the end of March to the beginning of May.
Their main targets were gang members and those who were associated in trans-national criminal activity.
The most common offenses were drug trafficking, sex trafficking, human smuggling, weapon smuggling, as well as murder and racketeering.
Out of the 1,378 that were arrested, only 933 were United States citizens. 104 of the arrests were associated with the MS-13 gang, of which 8 gang members crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.
“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said Thursday. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”
According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.
“Our efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where partnership with local law enforcement is strongest,” Homan said.
During the operation, HSI partnered with other law enforcement agencies to seize more than 200 firearms, narcotics like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana and $491,763 in U.S. currency. Enforcement actions occurred across the nation, but the greatest activity took place in the Houston, New York City, Atlanta and Newark, N.J., areas.