A 60-day enforcement operation spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Central American law enforcement, led to an arrest of more than 200 alleged transnational criminal street gang members and associates. Such arrests occurred in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
From May 20 to July 29, HSI’s National Gang Unit, HSI’s Office of International Affairs, HSI Honduras, HSI El Salvador and HSI Guatemala executed Operation CAGE (Central America Gang Enforcement), a high impact enforcement operation to aggressively combat transnational gangs in Central America. HSI special agents and law enforcement officers from the various countries executed 221 arrests (207 gang members and 14 smuggled aliens) and seized four weapons and six vehicles.
Transnational criminal street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-national members and are frequently involved in human smuggling and trafficking; narcotics smuggling and distribution; identity theft and benefit fraud; money laundering and bulk cash smuggling; weapons smuggling and arms trafficking; cybercrimes; export violations; and other crimes with a nexus to the border.
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