The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency -- ICE to illegals and legals alike -- has announced the results of a big round-up of gang members in Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi who are undocumented aliens.
"Operation Community Shield" resulted in the arrests of 116 gang members and associates, ICE spokesman Gary Palmore says.
"The gang members taken into custody during the enforcement action are linked to at least 14 street gangs, including: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Surenos Trece, Aryan Brotherhood, Latin Kings, La Raza13, Black Disciples, Houstone, Tango Blast, Bloods and Crips to name a few," ICE's official statement said.
It then went on to list some highlights:
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* a 38-year-old member of the 18th Street gang with convictions for manufacturing controlled substances, unlawfully carrying a weapon, theft, forgery and receiving stolen property;
* a 31-year-old member of the Black Gangsta Disciples with convictions for possessing a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon;
* and a 27 year old, member of MS-13 with two convictions for vehicle burglary, theft, inhaling and ingesting a volatile chemical and possession of a controlled substance.
ICE worked with local and federal law-enforcement agencies; the five-day round-up ended Friday.
Here's how ICE describes what will happen to those arrested:
Eighty of those arrested have gang affiliations; 60 are being charged with criminal violations; and 13 cases are being referred to the US Attorney's Office for re-entry after deportation. The remaining individuals were arrested on administrative immigration violations and will be placed in deportation proceedings. They will be held in ICE custody and scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.