Operation Community Shield - MS-13 [Mara Salvatrucha], as well as other gangs such as Surenos, 18th Street gang, Latin Kings, Vatos Locos, Mexican Mafia, La Raza gang, Border Brothers, Brown Pride, Norteno, Florencia 13, Tiny Rascal, Asian Boyz and Jamaican Posse

 

 

(Note: This provides ample proof that cross-border crime and gang activities not only exists, but also is overwhelming efforts at national, state and local levels. Why close the borders? With all this proof, a more compelling question might be, "Why not?")

 

 

Public Information

 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

 

 

Operation Community Shield, launched in March 2005, is ICE’s comprehensive law enforcement initiative targeting violent criminal street gangs nationwide.

 

Initially, the focus of the effort was the Mara Salvatrucha organization, commonly referred to as “MS-13,” one of the most violent and rapidly growing of these street gangs. During Phase I, ICE arrested 359 MS-13 members including 10 clique leaders.

 

In May 2005, ICE expanded Operation Community Shield to include all criminal street gangs that pose a risk to public safety and a concern to national security, putting into motion an aggressive law enforcement action with the goal to investigate, arrest and prosecute any violent street gang members, leaders and/or associates of MS-13, as well as other gangs such as Surenos, 18th Street gang, Latin Kings, Vatos Locos, Mexican Mafia, La Raza gang, Border Brothers, Brown Pride, Norteno, Florencia 13, Tiny Rascal, Asian Boyz and Jamaican Posse, that routinely seek to exploit or engage in violent criminal activities.

 

Under Operation Community Shield, ICE focuses its powerful enforcement tool on a single goal: dismantling gang organizations by targeting its members, seizing its financial assets and disrupting its criminal operations.

 

 

http://www.ice.gov/pi/investigations/comshield/index.htm

 

News Releases, September 2006:

 

9/13/06

Washington, DC

Leaders of Nationwide Illegal Alien Employee-Leasing Conspiracy Plead Guilty (PDF)

 

9/12/06

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia woman charged with trafficking in counterfeit pharmaceuticals (PDF)

 

9/11/06

San Juan, PR

ICE agents seize more than 2 tons of cocaine in Puerto Rico (PDF)

 

9/7/06

Alexandria, VA

19 arrested in major marriage and immigration fraud scheme (PDF)

 

9/7/06

Bloomington, MN

ICE officers arrest 90 criminals, fugitives and immigration violators in Twin Cities during weeklong ?Operation Return to Sender? (PDF)

 

9/7/06

Detroit, MI

Michigan child sex offender receives 10 years for his third strike (PDF)

 

9/7/06

Cincinnati, OH

Fairfield restaurant owner indicted for employing, transporting and harboring illegal aliens (PDF)

 

9/7/06

Fresno, CA

Three men indicted for dealing in defense secrets and exporting military equipment (PDF)

 

9/7/06

New York, NY

High-ranking Norte Valle drug cartel fugitive arrested by ICE (PDF)

 

9/7/06

San Francisco, CA

Four nationals of Myanmar charged with operating illegal money transmitting business that wired more than $6.3 million overseas (PDF)

 

9/6/06

Boston, MA

Brazilian killer captured in Massachusetts back in ICE custody after federal sentencing (PDF)

 

9/6/06

Philadelphia, PA

Univ. of Penn. Professor charged in Philadelphia with receipt of child porn (PDF)

 

9/5/06

Tuscon, AZ

Federal authorities dismantle major international counterfeit merchandise ring (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Washington, DC

Alabama troopers complete federal immigration training (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Boston, MA

Brazilian Woman and Man Charged With Running Prostitution Ring Involving Illegal Aliens (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Miami, FL

ICE statewide effort yields 82 arrests in two-week period (PDF)

 

9/1/06

New York, NY

Co-Leader of $30 Million Telemarketing Fraud Pleads Guilty (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Caguas, PR

ICE nabs 38 illegal aliens working at a Puerto Rico construction site (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Philadelphia, PA

ICE agents arrest 4 and seize 726 pounds of marijuana in Pennsylvania (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Boston, MA

Ten Arrested in Money Laundering Investigation (PDF)

 

9/1/06

Concord, NH

Manchester man convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering (PDF)

 

http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/index.htm

 

Fact Sheet

 

http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/factsheets/opshield031405.htm

 

Table of Contents for gangs in court

 

http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip056/2005001309.html

 

Methamphetamine Use and Sales Among Gang Members: The Cross-Over Effect

 

By Curtis J. Robinson

 

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/html/cd_rom/solution_gang_crime/pubs/MethamphetamineUseandSalesAmongGangMembers.pdf

 

National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC)

 

http://www.ngcrc.com/methuse.html

 

Project Safe Neighborhoods [PSN] In Practice II

 

http://www.psn.gov/pubs/pdf/PSN_InPracticeII.pdf

 

Budget Document, City of Morgan Hill, California

 

Worked with the Street Crimes Team to document gang members due to an increase in gang activity between the norteno and sureno gangs and increased presence ...

 

http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/Upload/Document/D240003577/5ExpenditureDetails.pdf (192 pages; 621 KB)