Texas: Arrests in Raids on Street Gangs
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: June 30, 2009
Federal immigration agents arrested dozens of gang members in days of raids throughout Texas. Eighty street gang members were arrested in a five-day sweep through Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi. Agents also arrested 52 gang members and 14 of their associates in a six-day operation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, federal immigration officials said. The joint operation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and federal, state and local law enforcement officers was part of a national initiative focusing on transnational street gangs, said Gregory Palmore, an ICE spokesman. The North Texas operation sought foreign-born gang members and their associates. They included people born in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Laos. People without gang affiliations and United States citizens wanted on warrants and criminal violations also were arrested.