ICE detains suspected Mexican gang member, says he is a ‘national security threat’
ICE says it arrested a suspected Mexican criminal gang member Wednesday in an operation targeting an armed gang operating in the US.
The arrests came hours after the agency said it shut down a criminal enterprise in the city of San Antonio and that agents seized weapons and explosives in a suspected gang-related operation.ICE spokesman Peter Neffenger told reporters that federal agents conducted a raid in the western city of El Paso on Wednesday night, where they seized firearms, cash and drugs.
Neffenger said the agency also arrested a suspect who was believed to be in the San Antonio area and who was in the process of being transferred to federal custody.
The San Antonio operation, Neffener said, involved members of a violent criminal gang.
The agency has identified six suspects as the group’s leaders.
The operation involved a number of weapons and explosive devices, Nefenger said.
The arrests are the result of multiple investigations, including those conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Neoffenger declined to provide further details about the operation, including the number of suspects or what specific firearms were seized.
He also said that the operation was not related to the recent arrest of an alleged gang member in the United States, but was linked to other ongoing investigations.
The San Jose operation is one of several recent ICE raids aimed at disrupting criminal gangs operating in parts of the United State, including in San Antonio, where a suspect was arrested Wednesday.
Agents in Texas have also arrested and detained dozens of suspects linked to an armed criminal gang in the state.