Friday, June 19, 2009
36 Detroit gang members arrested in crackdown
Detroit -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have helped round up 36 members of violent street gangs in Detroit.
ICE officials said Friday seven of those arrested were non-U.S. citizens, including six from Mexico and one from El Salvador.
The arrests are part of a nationwide crackdown on violent street gangs called Operation Community Shield, in which ICE agents work with state and local police agencies.
Those arrested include members of the Latin Counts, Folks, Surenos and Jamaican Posse, operating on Detroit's southwest and northwest sides.
The agency says all of those arrested have criminal records.
The campaign began with intelligence gathering in October, and agents started making arrests in March.