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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

arrest of 20 gang members in South Texas.

"Operation Community Shield," a national initiative of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has resulted in the arrest of 20 gang members in South Texas.

A two-day multi-agency of law enforcement authorities worked together to arrest various gang's members for various violations including robbery, aggravated assault, a felon possessing firearms, and drugs in the Corpus Christi area.

According to HSI reports released today, the operation ended April 21 with coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement.

The operation targets "significant public safety threats posed by transnational street gangs. target foreign born gang members."

The 20 gang members and associates arrested during this operation include the following street gang affiliations:

AD MOB, (1);
Aryan Brotherhood, (2);
Chula Vista, (1);
Little Mobster, (1);
Mexican Mafia, (2);
Suicide Barrio, (2);
Surenos Trece (SUR-13), (1);
Raza Unida, (3); and
Texas Syndicate, (7).
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"The effective removal of dangerous gang members and their associates from our streets makes our communities safer," said Fred Schroeder, assistant special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Corpus Christi. "ICE continues to work closely with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to dismantle gang activity in our neighborhoods."

The joint takedown was conducted by the following agencies: ICE HSI; Corpus Christi Police Department; the Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshals Service. All were U.S. citizens arrested on outstanding State of Texas arrest warrants, and turned over to local law enforcement.

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