Homeland Security Arrests Over 600 Gang Suspects

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department has arrested more than 600 suspected gang members in a month long 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.

ICE says 525 suspected gang members face a variety of state or federal charges. It says 113 others are facing administrative immigration charges.

The month long roundup is the latest in a series of nationwide crackdowns on street gangs that started in 2005. ICE says agents have made more than 33,000 arrests since then.

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