Li,bk,queens ny: 45 ms13 members caught up in fed sweep "operation metador"

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Li,bk,queens ny: 45 ms13 members caught up in fed sweep "operation metador"

Postby Q. » June 14th, 2017, 7:01 pm

Dozens of suspected MS-13 gang members arrested in New York City, Long Island
POSTED 12:04 PM, JUNE 14, 2017, BY CHRIS BRITO, UPDATED AT 12:08PM, JUNE 14, 2017
NEW YORK –– Dozens of suspected MS-13 gang members were arrested in New York City and Long Island, federal officials said Wednesday.


Forty-five “confirmed” gang members, including 39 who are affiliated with the notorious MS-13 crew, were arrested in a multi-county bust dubbed “Operation Matador” led by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations and Removal Operations, according to an ICE news release.

“Transnational gangs like MS-13 bring nothing but violence and conflict to our communities and their presence will not be tolerated. Their vicious criminal activities present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York.

MS-13 has been blamed for at least a dozen murders on Long Island, including the deadly beatings of four young men who were found in Central Islip, Suffolk County. The county accounted for 33 arrests, the largest number during the operation.

ICE agents also arrested eight gang members in Nassau County, three in Queens and one in Brooklyn.

ICE said those arrested are all males, including nationals from El Salvador (27), Honduras (11), Mexico (5) and Guatemala (2).

Twenty of the suspects had an extensive criminal history, including prior convictions with assault and weapons charges, ICE said. One has a pending felony grand larceny charge and a final order of removal from the country.

Those arrested were confirmed as gang members if they admitted to membership, convicted of gang-related activity, have tattoos identifying a specific gang or identified as a gang member by a reliable source, according to ICE.

Most of the arrested gang members will face deportation. The remaining detainees will go before an immigration judge.




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Re: Li,bk,queens ny: 45 ms13 members caught up in fed sweep "operation metador"

Postby Q. » June 14th, 2017, 7:04 pm

ICE officers bust 39 MS-13 gang members in New York City
BY VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 11:46 AM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 39 alleged New York City-area MS-13 members over the last month, officials said Wednesday.

ICE worked with the NYPD, as well as the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments, to make the busts.

In total, they arrested 45 alleged gangbangers as part of their new "Operation Matador" initiative, which focuses on fighting MS-13 and other "transnational criminal gang activity" in New York City and Long Island, the feds said.


Twenty of those arrested have criminal records — including weapons and assault convictions, ICE said in a statement.

Immigration arrests have steadily risen since President Trump took office, vowing to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

All of those arrested are men, authorities said.

Twenty-seven of the detainees come from El Salvador, 11 from Honduras, five from Mexico and two from Guatemala.

Thirty-three of the arrests were in Suffolk County. There were eight arrests in Nassau County, three in Queens, and one in Brooklyn, authorities said.

Twelve of these men — "all of which were confirmed MS-13 gang members" — entered the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, ICE said.

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