More than 600 Gang Members Arrested In U.S., 40 In Tex., Okla.

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced that a nearly three-month investigation has yielded the arrest of 637 gang members in 150 U.S. cities involved in drug trafficking, human smuggling and firearm violations.

“Project Nefarious” started in February with “threat assessments, intelligence gathering, information sharing and target identification,” according a federal release issued Thursday.

At least 40 suspects were arrested in Texas and Oklahoma as part of the investigation, a spokesman said.

“The goal of Project Nefarious was to identify, locate, arrest, prosecute and remove gang members and associates affiliated with human smuggling and trafficking organizations,” said ICE HSI Executive Associate Director James Dinkins in the announcement. “By ridding our streets of 637 gang members and associates, we are putting a dent in the violence these transnational criminal street gangs bring to our communities.

The FBI; the Drug Enforcement Agency; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and…

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