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    HSI arrests 638 gang members during month-long operation



    HSI arrests 638 gang members during month-long operation

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent this bulletin at 05/01/2014 02:04 PM EDT

    Editor's note: Photos and b-roll of Project Southbound are available on DVIDS.

    WASHINGTON — More than 600 gang members and associates from 145 different gangs were arrested in 179 cities across the U.S. during Project Southbound, a month-long operation executed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which targeted gangs affiliated with the Sureņos.

    The Sureņos, also known as Sur 13, is a transnational criminal street gang that originated in Southern California with hundreds of cliques around the United States. The Sureņos and their affiliates pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia and the number “13” is their symbol signifying “M” in the alphabet for Mexican Mafia. Membership and cliques associated with the Sureņos are expanding faster than any other national-level gang in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. Sureņos gang members are involved in a myriad of criminal activity, including murder, extortion, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes with a nexus to the border.

    Through Project Southbound, which ran March 12 to April 13, HSI special agents worked with 150 federal, state and local law enforcement partners to apprehend individuals from various gangs affiliated with the Sureņos. More than 73 percent of those arrested during this HSI National Gang Unit-led operation were members or associates of the Sureņos.

    In addition to the 638 gang members and associates, HSI agents also arrested – or assisted in the arrest of –119other individuals on federal and/or state criminal violations and administrative immigration violations, for a total of 757 arrests.

    “Project Southbound is the largest-ever ICE operation targeting the Sureņos gang,” said ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Winkowski. “This gang now has more than 30,000 members in the United States and its numbers are growing. Targeting transnational gangs like the Sureņos is a top priority for ICE and we will continue to disrupt and dismantle the violence and criminal activities that they inflict upon our neighborhoods.”

    Of the 638 gang members or associates arrested: 525 were charged with criminal offenses; 113 were arrested administratively for immigration violations; 414 had violent criminal histories, including seven individuals wanted for murder and five wanted for rape or sexual assault; and 256 were foreign nationals.

    Among the Sureņos gang members or associates arrested during Project Southbound were:


    • Cesar Lisandro Anaya, 27, an El Salvadoran national and an 18th Street gang member, arrested in Dallas, Texas, on immigration-related charges. He is wanted in El Salvador on felony warrants for aggravated homicide, extortion, and illicit groupings (gang activity).
    • Nine MS-13 gang members arrested on RICO charges filed in the District of Maryland stemming from their involvement in multiple criminal acts including murder, assault, extortion and prostitution, in furtherance of MS-13.
    • Richard Allen Cotinola, a U.S. citizen and Brewtown Locos gang member, arrested in New Mexico on an outstanding state warrant for violation of parole related to a previous conviction for aggravated burglary with a weapon. He has previous convictions for aggravated burglary with a weapon and armed robbery.
    • A father and son arrested in San Francisco on state narcotics and firearms charges following the execution of state search warrants on the father’s property. The father, a Sureņos gang associate and previously deported aggravated felon, accused of supplying large quantities of high-quality, commercially-grown marijuana to Sureņos and Latin Kings gang members. During these arrests, HSI agents seized 4,669 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana, an AR-15 rifle, a stolen Glock handgun, four diesel generators, four vehicles and $85,635 in cash.


    Those arrested during Project Southbound came from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Of the total 757 arrested, 678 were males and 79 were females.

    HSI special agents also seized 54 firearms, 13.36 pounds of methamphetamine, 82.76 pounds of marijuana, 3.075 pounds of cocaine, 1.44 pounds of heroin, more than $166,000 in U.S currency and 10 vehicles during Project Southbound.

    ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Baltimore and Los Angeles also assisted with this operation.

    This enforcement operation is part of HSI’s Operation Community Shield a global initiative, in which HSI partners with existing federal, state and local anti-gang efforts to identify violent street gangs and develop intelligence on gang members and associates, gang criminal activities and international movements to arrest, prosecute, imprison and/or deport transnational gang members. HSI's National Gang Unit deters, disrupts and dismantles gang operations by tracing and seizing cash, weapons and other assets derived from criminal activities.

    Since the inception of Operation Community Shield in February 2005, HSI special agents working in conjunction with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation have arrested more than 33,000 street gang members and associates linked to more than 2,600 different gangs. At least 43 percent of those arrested had a violent criminal history. More than 438 of those arrested were gang leaders, and more than 4,500 were MS-13 gang members or associates. Through this initiative, HSI has seized more than 5,615 firearms nationally.

    The National Gang Unit within HSI identifies violent street gangs and develops intelligence on their membership, associates, criminal activities and international movements to deter, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal gang operations by tracing and seizing cash, weapons and other assets derived from illicit activities.

    To report suspicious activity, call ICE's 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or visit www.ice.gov.

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    Homeland Security arrests over 600 gang suspects

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    FILE - This March 18, 2014 file photo shows US Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski during a news conference in Washington. The Homeland Security Department has arrested more than 600 suspected gang members in a monthlong national crackdown on street gangs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made the arrests in 179 cities over the last month. ICE says nearly three-quarters of the suspected gang members belong to the Surenos, or Sur 13, street gang. The name loosely translates to southerners.


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    WASHINGTON — More than 600 suspected gang members have been arrested in the Homeland Security Department’s latest crackdown on street gangs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday.

    ICE agents, along with local authorities in 179 cities, arrested 638 suspected gang members over a monthlong period in March and April.

    ICE officials said 78 suspected gang members were arrested on federal charges while another 447 currently face only state charges.

    ICE arrested 113 others on administrative immigration charges.


    More than 400 of those arrested had violent criminal histories, including seven people wanted on murder charges. ICE did not identify all those arrested or the specific charges they face.


    The latest crackdown, dubbed “Project Southbound”, is part of a larger ICE initiative that started in 2005 to target street gangs with international ties. Since the effort started, ICE says it has arrest more than 33,000 suspected gang members.


    Nearly three-quarters of the suspected gang members arrested in the latest operation belonged to the Surenos, or Sur 13, street gang, according to ICE.


    Sur 13 originated in Southern California and has members across the country. Its members and affiliates pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia gang. In its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, the Justice Department said Sur 13 is expanding faster than any other national gang. The government said Sur 13 members are responsible for crimes including murder, extortion and drug trafficking.


    The crackdown also netted several members of the ultraviolent Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang known for using machetes to hack and stab victims.


    According to a 12-count racketeering indictment unsealed in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, in March, nine of the gang’s members are accused of crimes including murder, extorting high school students and running brothels, witness tampering and obstructing justice.


    Last year the Obama administration levied financial sanctions against six leaders of the gang, which the U.S. government previously designated as an international criminal group.


    MS-13 was founded more than two decades ago by immigrants fleeing El Salvador’s civil war. Its founders built a reputation as one of the most ruthless and sophisticated street gangs, as they took lessons from the brutal war to the streets of Los Angeles.


    MS-13 also has a strong presence in Southern California, Washington and northern Virginia, all areas with substantial Salvadoran populations, and as many 10,000 members in 46 states. The gang is also allied with several of Mexico’s warring drug cartels.


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    More than 110 gang members rounded up in North Texas during month-long ...
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    Massive gang sweep nets 130 arrests across Southern CaliforniaLong Beach Press-Telegram
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    Gang Crackdown Nets 35 in Houston
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