158 illegal immigrants arrested in Utah’s biggest gang crackdown

Ben Winslow (Fox 13 News) | August 19, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — 158 have been arrested in a four-month operation targeting illegal immigrants with suspected gang ties. “Operation Community Shield,” a joint federal-local operation, is believed to be the largest of its kind ever in Utah.

Police targeted illegal immigrants suspected of committing drug and violent crimes. Some have been deported from the United States before, only to re-enter the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said.

“This particular operation has been exceptionally successful,” said Carlie Christensen, the acting U.S. Attorney for Utah. “I think that’s evidenced by the number of arrests, the number of jurisdictions, communities that participated and the broad geographic area that’s encompassed.”

Those arrested have ties to gangs, police said. In some cases, ICE agents said they dealt a significant blow to the gang’s hierarchy by arresting their leaders.

“We’ve taken quite a few clique leaders,” said Jonathan Lines, an ICE agent. “Anytime you take a clique leader off the street, someone who’s calling the shots, anytime you can take that type of individual out of play you can disrupt and dismantle the gang.”

Because of resource issues, federal immigration authorities have chosen to focus on violent offenders. They partnered with police officers in 23 cities including Logan, St. George, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Ogden, Midvale, Delta and Wendover.

Full article at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/kstu-gang-crackdown-158-arrested,0,6080193.story

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