Immigration agents aid in arrests of accused gang members

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. The remaining 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations. Of the total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. (Photo: Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Immigration and Customs Enforcement says its agents have helped arrest more than 1,300 accused gang members across the United States in the last six weeks.

The agency says 1,098 suspected gang members were arrested on a variety of federal and state criminal charges, while 280 others face administrative immigration charges.

The announcement of the gang sweep, part of an enforcement effort launched in 2005, comes amid a Trump administration effort to crack down on street gangs as part of a broader border security and illegal immigration enforcement effort.

Fewer than a third of those arrested in the latest operation were foreigners. ICE says 384 foreigners who were arrested were living in the U.S. illegally and 61 had permission to be here.

Twenty of those arrested were in Michigan, with 13 from Detroit and seven from Flint.

They represented the following gangs:

IMOB (Flint-based gang)

Spanish Cobras (Flint)

East Side Crips (Flint)

Latin Count (Detroit)

18th Street (Detroit)

Chedda Ave (Detroit)

Surenos (Detroit)

The following Michigan-based law enforcement agencies assisted in the efforts:

U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI, Michigan State Police and the Detroit and Flint Police Departments.

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