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ICE: 9 RGV gang members arrested in nationwide sweep

April 29th 2012   ·   5 Comments

McALLEN — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the arrest of nine gang members from the Rio Grande Valley in connection with a nationwide sweep.

Six-hundred thirty-seven gang members were arrested nationwide during Project Nefarious, which took place from April 9 to April 21, according to information released by ICE.

The operation targeted transnational gang members involved with human smuggling and trafficking organizations. During the operation, ICE agents also seized 52 firearms, 5,462 pounds of marijuana, 6.6 pounds of cocaine, $201,437 and 14 vehicles.

One of the notable arrests took place in Star County, where agents arrested 30-year-old Jose Luis Garcia, a member of the Vallucos who is a registered sex offender and had outstanding warrants for aggravated assault. He was also charged with evading and resisting arrest. The operation, led by ICE, was undertaken with the help of several U.S. federal law enforcement agencies, according to the news release.

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. Does this mean they are in trouble with the law?

  2. Pam Burt says:

    It’s about time…keep hunting these thugs…close those borders NOW!!!!

  3. Al Jones says:

    I hope obama is not thinking this will make him look good come election time!!!!

  4. We could very well have “fences” already built at strategic positions along our southern borders, BUT…that’s not the only borders these illegals are slithering across, into America! I am also SOOO sick of PC!

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