27 gang members arrested in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal and local law enforcement agents worked together to arrest 27 people in Alabama as part of a national crackdown on street gangs.

The arrests were part of a U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement initiative dubbed Operation Big Freeze.

As part of the initiative agents from the agency's national gang unit worked with state and local agencies across the country.

During the four-day enforcement operation, 26 men and one woman with ties to violent transnational street gangs were located and detained in Alabama.

They now face various criminal charges and deportation.

The effort was part of Operation Community Shield, an ongoing national ICE effort to target foreign-born violent gang members.

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