27 suspected gang members and associates arrested in Oklahoma immigration sting

A joint federal and local task force arrested 27 suspected gang members and their associates in a four-day immigration sting in Oklahoma that ended Saturday, authorities said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 15, 2010 at 11:04 am •  Published: September 15, 2010

Twenty-seven suspected gang members and their associates were among 46 people arrested in Oklahoma in a four-day immigration sting that ended Saturday, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

The identities of those arrested were not released. A news release said the 45 men and one woman are 18 to 50 years old, and most were arrested in the Oklahoma City area. Others were arrested in Lexington, McAlester and Comanche County.

Twelve of the arrestees are U.S. citizens, 28 are from Mexico, two are from El Salvador, two are from Guatemala and two are from Honduras, officials said. The arrested U.S. citizens were all arrested on warrants or criminal charges, but the specific complaints, charges or immigration violations for the arrestees were not released.

The sting also involved the Department of Homeland Security, the National Gang Unit, city police, Oklahoma County sheriff's investigators and the FBI. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are coordinating the detention and deportation of the arrestees who are here illegally.

Four guns also were seized during the operation, authorities said. The investigation was part of an ongoing national effort targeting foreign-born gang members and their associates.

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