HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Hundreds of gang members have been arrested across the country as a result of a six-week anti-gang operation.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 1,378 were arrested across the U.S., the largest gang surge conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.
“The operation targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering,” according to a press release.
Officials say 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 arrests for murder-related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges.
Nearly 300 were arrested on administrative immigration violations. Of the 1,378 arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from more than two dozen countries.