263 arrested gang sweep: A U.S. charge by American federal agents aiming to reel in violent MS-13 street gangbangers has led to literally hundreds of criminals’ arrests, including 263 members of known gangs, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency confirmed this morning, Fox2Now reported this Friday, Aug. 16. It marks one of the country’s biggest crime sweeps in recent years.
Exactly 263 gang members arrested in a gang sweep occurred during late July and early August. A majority of those brought into federal agent and police custody were wanted on serious charges and various felony level actions, including assault, murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and theft counts.
Some of those that were charged included 158 associates and affiliates of MS-13, a well-known street gang. Another 105 of those arrested in the nationwide sweep were members of other gangs. An addition 84 of those with charges filed against them were non-major gang members accused of criminal charges, and finally 14 individuals who were wanted on violations of immigration laws.
The federal agency added in their report that special agents from Homeland Security gathered a total of 28 firearms, over 10 kilograms of marijuana, over 120 grams of cocaine, nearly 800 grams of heroin, and almost $22,500 in cash.
Under the 263 arrested gang sweep report, MS-13 (AKA Mara Salvatrucha) has been called “one of the most dangerous transnational criminal gangs in the world today.”
The criminal group was founded by Salvadoran immigrants years ago in Los Angeles, and since has spanned to over 10,000 members, both in and outside the U.S.
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