Chicago: Customs raids net 22 ‘transnational’ gang members

Operation Community Shield, a five-day law enforcement operation targeting suspected members of transnational Mexican drug gangs, resulted in the arrest of 22 men in the Chicago-area.Of those arrested, they range in age from 18 to 40, with 18 Mexican nationals (two of whom were previously deported). Two of the men arrested were Guatemalan nationals and the other was from Ghana. All arrested have criminal histories and have alleged ties to the Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Latin Pstones, Two-Sixers, and Sureno 13 gangs.

ICE chose gangs to target that were believed to have significant numbers of foreign-born members and frequent involvement in human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.

Transnational street gangs account for a larger, growing portion for crime in Chicago and the surrounding area according to an ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) official.

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