Feds nab 1,378 in record gang sweep
Detroit Free Press – Calling it a record sweep, the federal government announced today the arrests of 1,378 people who were targeted in a six-week-long operation that took down some of the nation’s most dangerous gang members, from alleged drug dealers and killers to alleged human smugglers and sex traffickers, the government said.
Of the total arrested, two-thirds were U.S. citizens, one-third were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
Michigan accounted for 20 of the total arrests, all of which came from Detroit and Flint. Of the total arrests,13 were members of Detroit-based gangs, including the Latin Count, 18th Street, Cheddda Avenue and Surenos. Seven Flint gang members also were arrested and represented the Spanish Cobras, East Side Crips, and IMOB. Read more here.
Law enforcement nab hundreds in anti-gang operation in Houston, nationwide – Guns, drugs, cash seized in round-ups
Houston Chronicle – A nationwide anti-gang operation led to the arrest of nearly 1,400 transnational and local gang members, including more than 200 in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas, federal officials said Thursday.
It was the largest round-up in the history of the Homeland Security Investigations, netting known members and affiliates from the Bloods, Crips, MS-13, Sureños and other gangs.
A cache of guns, drugs and money was also seized, including 238 firearms, 500 pounds of marijuana, 50 pounds of cocaine, 35 pounds of methamphetamine, seven pounds of heroin and a small amount of fentanyl, along with nearly $500,000.
“We targeted problem areas that are specific areas known to have gang-related crime and violence, specifically in Houston and Corpus and surrounding counties,” said Sean McElroy, Houston’s deputy special agent-in-charge for HSI, an investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Read the rest here.