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ICE Press Release: 47 arrested in New England ICE-led gang enforcement action

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The following press release was just posted on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website:

BOSTON - A total of 47 gang members and individuals with gang ties,
including many with criminal records, are facing new criminal charges or
removal from the United States following a three-month anti-gang surge
led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).



The arrests are the result of a multi-agency effort by the ICE-HSI
Operation Community Shield Task Force (OCSTF), comprised of about 20
federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from the states of
Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. Using ICE's transnational reach
and broad legal authorities to combat the proliferation of criminal
street gangs, ICE targets those individuals posing the greatest threat
to our national security and public safety by focusing on foreign-born
members of these violent street gangs.



Those arrested during this anti-gang surge included 28 known gang
members consisting of Bloods, MS 13, 18th Street, Latin Kings, and Vatos
Locos. Of the 47 individuals arrested, 24 were arrested on local/state
warrants in conjunction with state and local police. The other 23
arrested were citizens and nationals of various foreign countries. These
targets had criminal histories of violent crimes including attempted
murder, car jacking, assault and battery with dangerous weapons, assault
to rape, possession of firearms, and narcotics distribution.



Those foreign nationals who are not being prosecuted on criminal charges are being processed for deportation.



"ICE and our law enforcement partners in New England are determined
to rid our streets of criminals such as these," said Bruce M. Foucart,
special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Homeland Security
Investigations in Boston. "Transnational gang members and their
associates are on notice that they will be arrested and brought to
justice."



Among those arrested are the following individuals:



  • A 30-year-old citizen of Cambodia and national of Thailand, who is a
    member of the Asian Boyz gang who was ordered deported in August 2001.
    He failed to comply with his removal order and a warrant of deportation
    was entered against him. His criminal record dates back to 1998 and
    includes convictions for armed assault to murder, multiple counts of
    assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and
    carjacking.

  • A 24-year-old U.S. citizen and member of the Latin Kings whose
    criminal record dates back to 1999, and includes 37 adult arraignments
    with such convictions as knowingly receiving stolen property, multiple
    counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of
    a firearm. The man was arrested on outstanding warrants for heroin and
    cocaine distribution.

  • A 23-year-old citizen and national of Cape Verde who entered the
    United States as a U.S. permanent resident in December 1991. He is a
    high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples gang with a criminal
    history dating back to 2000 and includes arrests and convictions for
    possessing firearms without a permit, multiple counts of narcotics
    distribution, and assault and battery. He also has pending charges of
    armed robbery, knowingly receiving stolen property, and possessing
    firearms without proper identification.

  • A 29-year-old citizen and national of the Dominican Republic, who
    entered the United States as a U.S. permanent resident in April 1994, is
    a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang. His criminal history dates
    back to 1999 and includes arrests and convictions for multiple counts of
    possessing controlled substances, malicious destruction of property,
    threatening, operating under the influence of narcotics and alcohol,
    assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and
    possessing a firearm without identification.

  • A 22-year-old citizen and national of Somalia, who entered the
    United States seeking asylum and then became involved with the True
    Somali Bloods, which conducts various criminal activities in the
    Portland, Maine, area. He was administratively arrested on Aug. 18, 2010
    following his conviction for unlawful trafficking in narcotics. His
    arrests and convictions began in April 2006 for refusing to submit to
    arrest and violations of conditions of release. In May 2006, he was then
    arrested for violating conditions of release and again in December 2006
    for unlawful trafficking in scheduled narcotics, and for possession of
    narcotics. His most recent narcotic-related arrests occurred in November
    2009, also for unlawful trafficking in scheduled narcotics, violating
    conditions of release and refusing to submit to arrest.

  • A 25-year-old citizen and national of Somalia who entered the United
    States seeking asylum and has since adjusted to become a refugee. He is
    a member of the True Somali Blood street gang involved in criminal gang
    activities in the Portland, Maine, area. His criminal history began in
    October 2003 which includes arrests for carrying concealed weapons, two
    charges for criminal mischief, criminal threatening with a weapon,
    assault, as well as driving offenses. He was arrested during this
    operation on a Maine Drug Enforcement warrant.

  • A 25-year-old derivative U.S. citizen who was born in Somalia and is
    member of the True Somali Blood street gang, is also involved in
    criminal gang activities in the Portland, Maine, area. His criminal
    history began in 1999 for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon,
    and also includes additional arrests for assault, terrorizing, violating
    conditions of release twice, and disorderly conduct. He was also
    arrested for aggravated drunken driving during the ICE operation.



The ICE enforcement surge in New England is part of ICE-HSI's ongoing
anti-gang nationwide initiative known as Operation Community Shield
which began in February 2005. Since then ICE agents nationwide have
arrested more than 18,000 gang members and their associates.



Transnational street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-born
members and are frequently involved in human and contraband smuggling,
immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.

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