Skip to comments.Crackdown nets 103 members of Honduran gang known as MS-13 ~~
Posted on 08/01/2005 7:48:39 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
WASHINGTON Federal agents have dealt a serious blow to the violent Honduran street gang known as M-S-13.Using information from local and state law enforcement agencies, federal agents charged 103 members with a range of criminal and immigration counts.
The arrests came in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Newark, Miami and Dallas metropolitan areas over the last several weeks.
The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which headed up the operation, calls M-S-13 one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the U-S with the majority of its members in the country illegally.
The gang has carried out beheadings and grenade attacks in Central America and here in this country is known to hack its enemies with machetes in cities along the East Coast.
Since when is that of any significance? They're just doing the work that violent U.S. street gangs won't do.
Glad to have them going to jail/being deported. However, if their crime is beheading other scum, maybe we can excuse that and put them on a boat back to Honduras with the clear understanding that they would be shot on site if seen in the US again.
Looking for the 500 number....
I don't know if deporting them a good idea.
They are gangbangers...they are violent...they are foreign...They should be executed.
I heard the exact number ( 5XX ) on WABC radio this afternoon and the "almost 600" on FOX about an hour or so ago.
Geez, Microsoft is into EVERYthing!
Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members over a two-week period... groups they say have spawned street crimes
Gang crackdown nets several Houston suspects
01:12 PM CDT on Monday, August 1, 2005
From 11 News Staff Reports
Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members over a two-week period, officials said Monday, targeting an estimated 80 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country.
Here's a list of some of the recent gang arrests in Houston:
1. Lester Rivera-Paz, 29, a Honduran national, was convicted by the United States Attorneys office for illegal re-entry after deportation and is presently in removal proceedings. He was arrested near Falfurrias, Texas Feb 10, and had been deported from the United States on Jan. 1996; Mar. 1997; and Aug. 2001.
2. HPD arrests five suspected MS 13 gang members on April 14, 2005 after a 12 hour standoff. ICE agents were on scene along with ATF to follow up with possible charges.
3. Mario del Carmen Umanzor, 30, a national from El Salvador was arrested by CBP agents near Sarita, Texas while riding in a van on June 13. Umanzor was one of several illegal aliens inside the van. He had been convicted for acts of violence, drug possession charges and for possessing a live grenade and had served 11 months in prison in El Salvador. Unamzor is currently in removal proceedings.
4. Hary Alberto Duran-Lanza, 21, a citizen of Honduras was arrested by ICE after he had been detained by Harris County Sheriffs Department Deputies on theft charges. Duran-Lanza also had convictions for burglary of a vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, and evading arrest with a vehicle. He is in removal proceedings.
5. Elmer Alexander Carrillo, 28, a citizen of El Salvador was arrested by ICE after entering the United States illegally near Falfurrias, Texas June 10, 2005. Carrillo was also arrested by Brooks County and charged with murder. Carrillo was acquitted from those charges, ICE has placed him into removal proceedings.
6. Manuel Antonio Molina-Canales, 24, a citizen of Honduras was arrested by ICE after serving a 60-day sentence in Harris County jail for drug possession. ICE has placed Molina-Canales in removal proceedings. He had also admitted he was a MS 13 member and had entered the U.S. illegally in 2000 near Laredo, Texas.
7. Luisa Alfredo Garcia-Calderon, 25, a national from El Salvador was arrested by CBP officers near Falfurrias, Texas as he was riding on a bus headed to Corpus Christi. He was prosecuted for entry without inspection and is also in removal proceedings.
8. William Orlando Lima-Hernandez, 25, a citizen of Guatemala, was arrested by ICE near a construction site in Houston, Texas on July 14. Lima-Hernandez is a registered MS 13 gang member with the Houston Police Department. His record showed he had been previously deported and is currently I removal proceedings.
9. Miguel Angel Carcamo-Mejia, 32, a citizen of Honduras, was arrested HPD during a traffic stop. Background checks revealed he has an outstanding warrant of deportation and took him into custody. Subject has fraudulent documents on his person at the time of his arrest. ICE has placed him into removal proceedings.
10. Numa Alexander Alfaro-Ramirez, 25, a citizen of El Salvador, was arrested by ICE at his residence on July 26. He was allegedly a member of the MS 13 gang and had been previously deported twice.
11. Angelica Garcia-Herrera, 24, a national of Mexico, was arrested on July 26 at her residence. Garcia-Herrera is an admitted MS 13 gang member and had been removed from the U.S. once. She also is in removal proceedings.
12. Juan Armando Quintanilla-Hernandez, 30, from Honduras was arrested by ICE on July 26 at his residence. Quintanilla-Hernandez had an outstanding warrant of deportation and has been placed into removal proceedings.
13. A juvenile was also arrested on July 26, 2005 at his brothers residence. He has been transferred to a juvenile detention facility to be placed into removal proceedings.
14. Santos Reynaldo-Diaz, 25, a citizen of El Salvador, was arrested at his residence on July 26. Reynaldo-Diaz has misdemeanor convictions for theft and a DWI. He has been placed into removal proceedings.
15. Erick Alejando Portillo-Andrade, 23, a national from El Salvador was arrested by ICE on July 27 near Refugio, Texas. Portillo-Andrade admitted he is an MS 13 member and told ICE agents he had served time in EL Salvador for robbery in 2003. He has been placed into removal proceedings.
Customs Jails 1,000 Suspected Gang Members
11 in D.C. Area Arrested; MS-13 Is a Main Target
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 2, 2005; Page A02
Federal immigration and customs officers have arrested more than 1,000 suspected gang members and associates so far this year as part of a nationwide campaign aimed at deporting illegal immigrants with suspected ties to violent criminal organizations, officials said yesterday.
Much like similar efforts after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to target suspected terrorist sympathizers, the Department of Homeland Security's anti-gang program seeks to use immigration laws to remove many alleged gang members from the country rather than pursue them through U.S. criminal courts, officials said.
The campaign, dubbed Operation Community Shield and overseen by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, has resulted in arrests of 1,057 alleged gang members over the past five months -- including 582 suspects apprehended during a concerted push in the last two weeks of July. Eleven of the suspects were arrested in the Washington area, officials said.
August 1, 2005 (Revised)
Operation Community Shield
In February, ICE launched Operation Community Shield, a national law enforcement initiative that brings all of ICEs law enforcement powers to bear in the fight against violent street gangs. Under Operation Community Shield, ICE works to:
* Identify violent gangs and develop intelligence on their membership, associates and organizations.
* Deter, disrupt and dismantle gang operations by tracing and seizing cash, weapons and other assets derived from criminal activities.
* Seek prosecution and/or removal of gang members from the United States.
* Partner with other law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level both in the United States and abroad and federal prosecutors to develop a force multiplier effect in investigations and other law enforcement actions against gangs.
* Conduct outreach efforts to boost public awareness about the fight against violent gangs.
Initially, the focus of the effort was the Mara Salvatrucha organization, commonly referred to as "MS-13," one of the most violent and rapidly growing of these street gangs. During Phase I, ICE arrested 359 MS-13 members including 10 clique leaders.
In May, ICE expanded Operation Community Shield to include all criminal street gangs that pose a risk to public safety and a concern to national security, putting into motion an aggressive law enforcement action with the goal to investigate, arrest, and prosecute any violent street gang members, leaders, and/or associates of MS-13 as well as other gangs such as Sureños, 18th Street gang, Latin Kings, Vatos Locos, Mexican Mafia, La Raza gang, Border Brothers, Brown Pride, Norteno, Florencia 13, Tiny Rascal, Asian Boyz, and Jamaican Posse that routinely seek to exploit or engage in violent criminal activities.
A major enforcement action in July spanned two weeks and resulted in ICE and its law enforcement partners arresting 582 gang members and gang associates, many with criminal records. To date, ICE has arrested more than 1,057 known gang members and associates nationwide.
Threat assessments conducted by ICE field offices indicate that a large number of current gang members are foreign-born, are in the country illegally, have a prior criminal conviction, or are involved in crime with a nexus to the border making them subject to ICEs broad immigration and customs authorities. These authorities include:
* Money laundering and other financial crimes.
* Smuggling of humans or contraband.
* Narcotics and arms trafficking.
Intelligence Gathering and Sharing
ICE has gathered thousands of names of known and suspected gang members from state and local law enforcement, as well as foreign governments. This information is compared with our immigration databases to determine immigration status and develop targeting priorities.
ICE also provides information to support law enforcement partners through the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC).
At the federal level, ICE coordinates with U.S. Attorneys offices, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to maximize the impact of the operation.
Doing some good work, MSM is not picking up the announcement very well!
How many have been deported and rearrested?
Now how about that!
It was stated, on the first news blurb I heard, that this was just the beginning/the first report of many more to come. :-)
Serious blow? I still cant go downtown.
I guess according to OLD MEDIA this is not news?!!!
I really despise them for making "NEWS" about hating President Bush and anything he tries to do!
There is nothing he could do to make them like him or treat him fairly. IT MAKES ME SICK!
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