Houston streets are little safer after Homeland Security's latest crackdown on gangs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made more than 600 arrests in 179 cities -- including 35 here in the Bayou City.
Homeland Security Special Agent Mike Booker tells KTRH News nearly three-quarters of those arrested belong to the Surenos, a gang with close ties to the Mexican Mafia.
“The Surenos gang members are involved in a myriad of criminal activity that includes extortion, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, prostitution and things of that nature,” says Booker.
ICE says 525 suspected gang members face a variety of state or federal charges. It says 113 others are facing administrative immigration charges.
Booker says those arrested will be prosecuted and either go to prison or be deported back to their home country.
The month-long roundup is the latest in a series of nationwide crackdowns on street gangs that started in 2005. ICE says agents have made more than 33,000 arrests since then.