ICE arrests fugitive in Georgia wanted for Chicago-area sex crime

ICE arrests fugitive in Georgia wanted for Chicago-area sex crime

A six-week anti-gang operation headed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to more than 1,300 arrests nationwide.

"This latest operation clearly shows our collective resolve to attack and dismantle the street gangs that are threatening our communities", Steve Francis, acting special agent in charge of HSI Detroit said in a statement.

The large-scale operation was part of Operation Community Shield, an ongoing programme which targets gang members with the help of federal and local law enforcement agencies.

According to ICE records, there were 1098 criminal arrests and 280 administrative arrests, which are used for immigration cases.

The majority of the arrests, 1,095, were confirmed by ICE to be gang members or affiliates of a gang, including, 137 affiliated with the Bloods, 118 with the Surenos, 104 with MS-13 and 104 with the Crips. ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

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HSI and its law enforcement partners also seized 238 guns, large quantities of illegal drugs, and almost $500,000 in cash. That's the third-highest arrest total nationwide behind Houston and NY.

Of the 1,378 total arrested, 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges. A search of the house found cocaine, meth, heroin, four handguns - one of which was stolen - and over $48,000 in cash. Two had outstanding deportation orders. Vicente said local law enforcement plays a big role in the round-ups.

The ICE enforcement action concluded last weekend.

This included drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.

The Trump administration has said MS-13 poses a particular risk to American communities and is among the most ruthless street gangs. Eight of those were alleged members of MS-13, Benner said.

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