ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office) of Homeland Security announced that they arrested 18 men during a weeklong drug operation. They targeted gang members in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area.
Of the 18 men arrested, 15 of them are known gang members or associates of the Vatos Locos street gang. The other men are members or associates of the Sureno-13 gang. Some of the suspects were in the U.S. illegally and awaiting deportation. One of the men is in Hennepin County jail for attempted murder charge.
It seems that gangs like Vatos Locos are becoming more involved in illegal drugs and selling these drugs in Minnesota. The weeklong operation ended on July 2, with ICE working with police in Richfield, Bloomington and Minneapolis. This type of operation was part of a national initiative to target gangs.