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Feds round up more than 1,000 gang members

Posted at 5:33 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 21:35:51-04
Federal agents arrested more than 1,000 suspects in a major operation targeting the world's most violent gangs.
The feds call it Project Shadowfire -- an operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. 
1,133 people were arrested during a five-week surge across the country, 13 of them right here in the valley on a variety of criminal charges. Nearly all of the arrests locally were in North Las Vegas.
ICE tells us while most of those arrested in the valley were charged with relatively minor crimes but they expect to get information from this surge to make more arrests in the near future.
Agents are on a mission to interrupt criminal activity of what they call transnational gangs, activity that includes drug trafficking, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.
Suspects are members of some of the most violent gangs in the world. Several of the gangs targeted are from Mexico and some are prison based gangs.