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Mon Mar 28, 2016, 05:48 PM

U.S. immigration agents bust 1,100 suspects in gang sweep

Source: Reuters

World | Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:58pm EDT

U.S. immigration agents bust 1,100 suspects in gang sweep

WASHINGTON

U.S. immigration agents have arrested more than 1,000 suspects on charges including attempted murder and witness tampering, in a nationwide operation aimed at international gangs, officials said on Monday.

The five-week operation headed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, dubbed Project Shadowfire, targeted criminal organizations linked to drug trafficking, murder and racketeering, the agency said in a statement.

Of the 1,133 arrested, 915 were cross-border gang members and associates. Just over 1,000 were charged with criminal offenses and the rest face immigration charges, it said.

A majority of those arrested had links to notorious groups such as MS-13, Sureņos, Norteņos, Bloods and several prison-based gangs. The operation was centered on the Los Angeles; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Atlanta; San Francisco; Houston; and El Paso, Texas areas.

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