A crackdown on violent street gangs in San Diego County by ICE and police has led to a massive amount of arrests, with 140 criminals being charges, some to be deported. Over 60 firearms and 30 pounds of methamphetamine along with cash and other illicit narcotics were also found by police during these raids.
All of those arrested have criminal records or have been accused of criminal activity in neighborhoods, including shootings and drug distribution.
“This is an unusually large number of gang members arrested in a very short period of time,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson in a statement. “The sheer number of arrests illustrates that gangs are a significant problem in this county. But it also underscores our enormous commitment to use every tool we have to attack this problem and restore communities to families who should not have to live in fear in their own homes.”
The Daily Caller reports:
According to court records, in the last year alone, the street gang has been guilty of 25 gang-related shootings, numerous attempted murders, armed robberies, multiple instances of witness intimidation and the prevalent distribution of illicit drugs and firearms in North San Diego County.
The Justice Department said the charge resulted from, “Four proactive gang cases involved months of federal wiretaps, extensive surveillance and scores of undercover drug and gun buys.”
The charges come days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to law enforcement officials in Suffolk County Long Island about combating the violent street gang MS-13.