Criminal gangs are having a difficult time surviving under the Trump administration. Over 1,400 people have been arrested the previous seven weeks during the largest “sweep” against gang members, human smugglers and drug dealers in history. Two-thirds were U.S. citizens, one-third were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Although the operation concluded last week, law enforcement continue to target gang members involved in drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.
These arrests are part of a national effort to support President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order of February 9, 2017. Trump instructed the Attorney General’s Office to focus on “destroying transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels. These dangerous groups bring drugs and violence to once- peaceful neighborhoods in the United States and around the world. They have fueled addiction and fatal overdoses. They will no longer operate with impunity in this country or this hemisphere.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been supporting federal, state and local officials to do just that.
Yesterday, a federal grand jury in San Antonio, Texas returned indictments against 37 people, including Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) General Raul Ramos, with heroin and cocaine trafficking operations. Last Friday, authorities arrested 26 people connected with the gang operations. According to U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., law enforcement are looking for four others.
Recently the last of 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members were sent to prison for their roles in a methamphetamine drug distribution network in Central Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has taken action to provide more funds for anti-gang operations.
Following are just some of the arrests across the nation.
# of gang members arrested
|83 Bloods in five state crackdown||North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and New York||May, 2017|
|44 MS13 gang members||Los Angeles||May, 2017|
|30, Syracuse Bricktown gang||Syracuse, New York||April 2017|
|539 Cochrin Crips and other gangs||St. Louis: Operation SAVE||2015-2017|
|13 Crips gang members||Bronx, New York||May 2017|
|13, plus one postal worker||Memphis||May 2017|
|11, drug gang members||Orlando: Operation 81 Grand||May 2017|
|14 Allapattah drug gang members||Miami||May 2017|
|13 drug gang members||East Orange, New Jersey||May 2017|
|22 various gang members||Syracuse, New York||April 2017|
|35 East Side Crips members||Denver||May 2017|
|52 Sureno Gang members||Merced County, California||May 2017|
|37 drug and gun running gang||San Diego, California||May 2017|
|11 street gang||Athens, Texas||April 2017|
|164 gang members||Corpus Christi, Texas||May 2017|
|41 gang members||Houston, Texas||May 2017|
|13 drug gang||Tampa Bay, Florida||May 2017|
|17 drug arrests||Washington D.C.||May 2017|
|11 MS13 members||Fairfax, Virginia||May 2017|
|15 Black Disciples and Vice Lords||Jackson, Mississippi||Feb-May 2017|
|8 Oxnard gang members||Ventura County, California||May 2017|
|5 gang members||Detroit, Michigan||May 2017|
|48 drug and weapons members||Newark, New Jersey||April 2017|
|14 Always Banging Kings drugs||Queens, New York||March 2017|
|12 Bloods||Newark, New Jersey||Feb. 2017|
|14 drug members||Montgomery, Alabama||Feb. 2017|
|54 drug gang members||Chicago, Illinois||Feb. 2017|
|3 drug and weapons gang||Santa Ana, California||March 2017|
|4 Latin Kings members||New Bedford, Massachusetts||March 2017|
|13 Bloods members||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||Feb. 2017|
|15 Black P. Stone members||Los Angeles||March 2017|
|70 gang members||San Bernardino County, California||Feb. 2017|
|63 various Street Gang members||Palm Beach, Florida||March 2017|