Recently, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) and local police arrested and identified nine gang members in Greeley, Colorado. The gang members are with the Sureno 13 street gang. The history of their crimes are long and include convictions for assault, burglary, larceny, possessing illegal drugs, illegally possessing firearms, engaging in a riot with a weapon, harassment, violating a protection order, criminal mischief and felony menacing.
Three of the gang members are “green card” holders and with their past criminal convictions, they will probably loose their status and face deportation. A federal immigration judge will make the final determination in each case.
Operation Community Shield was conducted in this case to help steam the threat of street gangs. Street gangs pose a growing threat to public safety nationally and to communities throughout the U.S. This joint operation is part of an ongoing national initiative of the National Gang Unit at ICE. ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target transnational street gangs based on the significant public safety threat they pose.
Since February 2005 when ICE began Operation Community Shield, more than 13,000 gang members belonging to more than 900 different gangs have been arrested nationwide. ICE is encouraging you to report suspicious activity by calling their toll-free hot line at 1-866-347-2423. This hot line is staffed around the clock.