WASHINGTON – U.S. immigration authorities say 223 gang members and associates were arrested in Florida in the last fiscal year.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Operation Community Shield led to 1,785 arrests in 89 cities nationwide. The arrests were made between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30.
The 223 gang members and associates arrested in Florida faced charges of attempted murder, robbery, and various drug and weapons charges.
In Operation Community Shield, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies share information and resources to arrest, prosecute and imprison or deport gang members.
Florida immigration officials say the operation has helped dismantle or disrupt numerous gang and drug trafficking organizations.