263 arrested gang sweep: An operation involving officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has netted 361 arrests in 71 U.S. cities. U.S. immigration authorities on Friday announced the arrest of 263 gang members, mainly members of the Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13, one of the most dangerous gangs in the world.
The arrests were made between July 15 and August 9, under the operation name "Project Razor's Edge" against members of the MS-13 and accomplices in other 43 gangs in 71 U.S. cities Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) said in a statement.
Among those arrested were four leaders of the MS-13 gang: Luis Ventura Gomez, Erik Alan Hernandez, John Pohl and Ronald Salgado, said the text.
According to the research direction of ICE, these gangs "are frequently involved in human trafficking, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, arms trafficking and cyber crimes."
The MS-13 is a "threat to national security and public safety" of the United States, the statement added.
Out of the 263 arrested gang members, eight out of ten detainees face charges of murder, assault, weapons possession, armed robbery, rape and kidnapping, among others.