Operation ‘Project Nefarious’ arrests 637 members of 168 gangs
By Dialogo April 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 637 gang members and associates from 168 different gangs during Project Nefarious, an HSI-led operation executed in 150 U.S. cities and Honduras targeting transnational street, motorcycle and prison gangs involved with human smuggling and trafficking organizations.
Project Nefarious began in February with threat assessments, intelligence gathering, information sharing and target identification, which resulted in enforcement operations from April 9 to April 21, ICE said on April 25.
“By ridding our streets of 637 gang members and associates, we are putting a dent in the violence these transnational criminal street gangs bring to our communities,” said HSI Executive Associate Director James Dinkins.
In addition to the arrests, during the operation special agents seized 52 firearms, 5,463 pounds of marijuana, 6.5 pounds of cocaine, US$201,437 in cash and 14 vehicles.
[Ice.gov, 25/04/2012; Noticias.univision.com, 26/04/2012]