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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More than 100 gang members and associates nabbed in Georgia

ATLANTA – More than 100 gang members and associates were arrested as a result of a state-wide initiative in Georgia led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.

Of those arrested, 122 were gang members and five were gang associates. Seven cases will be presented for federal prosecution for illegal re-entry after deportation. Nineteen were arrested for state charges and/or had outstanding arrest warrants. Two weapons were also seized during the operation.

The leaders of La Raza, Westside Via Locos and Inland Empire were also nabbed. Among those arrested were:

  • Salvador Delamora, 34, leader of Westside Via Locos, previously convicted for attempted robbery.
  • Vicente Garcia, 31, member of the SUR 13, previously convicted for armed robbery and vehicle theft.
  • Roberto Dominguez, 27, previously convicted for conspiracy to commit assault in racketeering (RICO). He served 33 months in prison, was deported and illegally re-entered the country. He now faces criminal prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States.

Among the 122 men arrested were members of violent gangs including the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13); Norteno; West Side Locos; SUR-13; Inland Empire -13; Vatos Locos; 18th Street; La Raza; Latin Kings Northside-14; Brownside Locos and the Southside Rascals. Those arrested represent Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

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