An Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 1,378 gang members and associates, agency leaders announced on Thursday.
The 6-week operation was took place as part of of “Community Shield,” an anti-gang program launched in 2005, and was lead by ICE units in conjunction with state and local agencies.
Officials have also seized $491,763 in currency and 238 firearms.
Derek Benner, an ICE deputy, described it as the “largest gang surge to date.”
The gangs with the biggest representation among the arrested individuals include the Bloods, the Crips, Sur 13, and MS 13. The charges range from murder and assault to heroin trafficking.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan told reporters that the agency “is not done” and is maintaining a sharp focus on gang-related crime.