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ICE works with local law enforcement to arrest 23 gang members
ICE.gov - News Release ^ | September 11, 2009 | n/a

Posted on 09/15/2009 12:58:32 AM PDT by Cindy

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September 11, 2009

ICE works with local law enforcement to arrest 23 gang members

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Twenty men, two women and one juvenile with ties to the violent gangs Sureno-13, La Quemada, MS 13, Brown Pride 13, Southside Locotes, Lejion Negra (Mexico) and Judas 13 (Mexico) are facing deportation following a four-day enforcement operation involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and several local law enforcement agencies.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative by ICE's National Gang Unit dubbed Operation Community Shield. As part of the initiative, ICE partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs.

This operation was spearheaded by ICE and worked jointly with the Pelham Police Department, the Hoover Police Department, the Decatur Police Department, the Alabaster Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Eighteen men were transported to the Dekalb Jail in Fort Payne, Ala., and three were released pending their hearing before an immigration judge. One man is currently facing state charges in the Decatur Jail and another man, turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service, is facing federal weapon charges.

"Street gangs account for a significant amount of crime nationally and locally," said Jesse Blakeman, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Birmingham. "ICE works closely with our local law enforcement partners to identify, locate and arrest these gang members to thwart criminal activity in our communities. Ultimately, ICE deports these gang members."

Since Operation Community Shield began in February 2005, ICE agents nationwide have arrested more than 14,000 gang members and associates linked to more than 900 different gangs. More than 5,000 were arrested on criminal violations.

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

Through Operation Community Shield, the federal government uses its powerful immigration and customs authorities in a coordinated, national campaign against criminal street gangs in the United States. Transnational street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-born members and are frequently involved in human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.

More information on the National Gang Unit at ICE is available at: www.ice.gov.

The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling the ICE toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock.

-- ICE --


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
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1 posted on 09/15/2009 12:58:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

23 down, 5,723,633 to go...


2 posted on 09/15/2009 1:05:57 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: TChris

“5,723,633 to go...”?

At a minimum.


3 posted on 09/15/2009 1:56:06 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (google; operation garden spot and REX84 (FUBO))
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To: Cindy
"Street gangs account for a significant amount of crime nationally and locally," said Jesse Blakeman, ... three were released pending their hearing before an immigration judge.

The release should have been 2000 miles due East of Alabama.

4 posted on 09/15/2009 2:03:57 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: Cindy
Eighteen men were transported to the Dekalb Jail in Fort Payne, Ala., and three were released pending their hearing before an immigration judge.

Catch and release is for sport fishing not deadly criminal gang members.

The whole exercise is pointless until we get serious about closing the boarder. Deport these thugs and they will be back in a few weeks.

5 posted on 09/15/2009 2:13:58 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Cindy

Wow.

That should put a dent in it.


6 posted on 09/15/2009 2:48:58 AM PDT by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Cindy

Known gangbangers, criminals all. The next headline I want to read about them is that they were all shot as they tried to escape.


7 posted on 09/15/2009 3:51:05 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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8 posted on 09/15/2009 4:01:58 AM PDT by bcsco (Hopey changey down the drainey...)
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To: Cindy
ICE works with local law enforcement to arrest 23 gang members
... and three were released pending their hearing before an immigration judge

And those three GANG MEMBERS will never be seen again. That is, until they kill a few more people and 'accidentally' get arrested in five years for no turn signal.

And then they will be released on bail, and we start this circle-jerk all over again!

9 posted on 09/15/2009 7:05:29 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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