NATIONWIDE Gang Crackdown

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NATIONWIDE Gang Crackdown

Unread post by hitonme » August 1st, 2005, 2:42 pm

Here's the following article:

U.S. arrests 582 in nationwide gang crackdown
Mon Aug 1, 2005 12:43 PM ET

By Alan Elsner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement agencies arrested 582 street gang members and associates in a nationwide crackdown in the past two weeks, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced on Monday, but hundreds of thousands more are still active across the country.

Teaming up with federal and local partners, the operation targeted 54 separate gangs. Those arrested including 11 identified as gang leaders and 261 foreign nationals with prior criminal convictions, which makes them eligible for deportation without further legal procedures.

"Street gangs in America have grown and expanded their influence to an alarming level, marked by increased violence and criminal activity. These gangs pose a severe threat to public safety and their growth must not go unchallenged," Chertoff told a news conference.

More than 25,000 gangs, comprising some 750,000 members, are active across the United States, according to the Justice Department. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials have been especially alarmed at the spread of extremely violent Central-American-based gangs such as MS-13, a group originating in El Salvador now present in 31 U.S. states.

Officials said MS-13 was one of the gangs targeted in the recent sweep. Others included Surenos, Latin Kings, Mexican Mafia, Asian Boyz, Jamaican Posse and Brown Pride.

It was the latest stage of an operation code-named "Community Shield" which began in February and has now netted over 1,000 gang members, of whom Chertoff said 930 could eventually be deported.

Most of those arrested were picked up on administrative immigration charges. However, 76 were charged with criminal violations ranging from illegally reentering the country after deportation to being an alien in illegal possession of a firearm. The arrests covered over 25 states.


In April, Victor Ceara of the Department of Homeland Security testified that in fiscal year 2004, his division removed 84,000 criminal aliens from the United States. However, he said an estimated 400,000 were still at large.

Congress has been trying to give law enforcement new weapons to use against gangs. Republicans in the House of Representatives recently proposed new legislation that would give the Department of Homeland Security the power to deport immigrants suspected of belonging to a street gang, even if there was no proof they had committed a crime

The House in May also passed the so-called "gangbusters bill," which imposed minimum prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life on individuals convicted of gang-related crimes, expanded the death penalty to include gang murders and allowed 16 and 17-year-old gang members to be tried as adults.

The Senate judiciary committee was supposed to take up a similar measure last week but adjourned without doing so.

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Unread post by kcf_4_ever_4_lyfe » August 1st, 2005, 9:56 pm

Damn, that is alot of gang members. But there is also this article:

Dragnet nabs 10,000 fugitives

Friday, April 15, 2005 Posted: 2:55 AM EDT (0655 GMT)

A member of the U.S. Marshals Multi-agency Arrest Team pursues a suspect.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than 10,000 fugitives from justice have been captured in a nationwide, weeklong dragnet involving federal, state and local authorities, said the U.S. Marshals Service, which led the effort.

Operation FALCON lasted from April 4 - 10 and marks the largest number of arrests ever recorded during a single operation.

Of priority: suspects wanted in homicides, sexual assaults, gang-related crimes, kidnappings, major drug offenses, and crimes against children and the elderly.

The operation captured 10,340 people, of whom 162 were wanted for murder, 638 had outstanding arrest warrants for armed robbery and 553 were wanted for rape or sexual assault.

Also captured were 106 unregistered sex offenders and 154 gang members.

"We will use all of our nation's law-enforcement resources to serve the people, to pursue justice, and to make our streets and nation safer," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said.

More than 70 percent of those arrested had prior arrests for violent crimes, said Gonzales.

And some were considered especially dangerous. In one case, an armed man was found in a cave under a trap door in his kitchen floor, Gonzales said.

Other fugitives who were caught include operators of two methamphetamine labs and an illegal alcohol-producing still.

Officials acknowledge the decision to provide such a massive show of force at one time was expected to prompt publicity and help highlight the mission.

But they insist the operation was strictly designed to carry out law enforcement objectives.

One federal law enforcement official, who asked not to be identified, expressed surprise at the level of cooperation among the 25 federal agencies and the operation's success.

"We didn't know what to expect, but the response from law enforcement personnel everywhere was truly amazing."

Operation FALCON -- Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally -- involved more than 3,000 law enforcement officials participating in fugitive searches. As many as 10,000 may have helped at least part of the time, officials said. Five national and 83 district fugitive task forces coordinated raids under the U.S. Marshals Service.

In addition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Secret Service, even the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development got involved.

Some fugitives relied on housing benefits, others on various Social Security benefits, sources said.

Much of the law enforcement muscle came from 206 state law enforcement agencies, 302 county sheriffs' departments and 366 city police departments.

Officials said fugitives were tracked in every state, in addition to Puerto Rico and Guam.

Gonzales said that the operation demonstrates to victims that perpetrators can be caught and prosecuted for their crimes.

The dragnet coincided with Crime Victims Rights Week.

Congress gave the Marshals Service more money and authority to go after fugitives when it refocused the FBI's mission toward stopping terrorism in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, said the agency's spokesman David Turner.

Previous coordinated roundups did not involve as many officers or agencies and resulted in arrests in the hundreds, he added.

A comparison with Marshals Service arrests in all of last year gives an idea of the scope of last week's sweep.

In 2004, U.S. Marshals caught more than 36,000 federal felons and worked with state and local authorities to arrest an additional 31,600 fugitives.

[img] ... ursuit.jpg[/img] A member of the U.S. Marshals Multi-agency Arrest Team pursues a suspect.

[img] ... raband.jpg[/img] In one operation Marshals found a cache of weapons, body armor and ammunition.

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Unread post by kcf_4_ever_4_lyfe » August 1st, 2005, 9:59 pm

And also:

[img] ... rest.1.jpg[/img] The dragnet snared 10,340 people, many of whom were wanted for murder, robbery or sexual assault.

[img] ...[/img] The nationwide operation netted thousands of suspects and their contraband.

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Unread post by julialee » August 3rd, 2005, 2:31 am

Here's another article on the same.Seems like their not finished with their gang sweeps, it always seems like an ongoing fact of life.We'll see in the weeks to come.

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