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  • Feds Arrest Gang Suspects in Neb. City

    By JOSH FUNK
    Associated Press

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. --

    Federal agents swept into a central Nebraska city early Thursday, arresting multiple suspects tied to gang-related drug and weapons offenses, officials said.

    Shawn Neudauer, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement based in St. Paul, Minn., said the effort included some 60 FBI agents and about 20 Homeland Security investigators within ICE from Nebraska and Minnesota.

    At least nine suspected gang members were arrested before dawn Thursday and face federal indictments, Neudauer confirmed. A number of others arrested will face state charges, he said.

    He said those arrested are members of the East Side Locos gang and are believed to have ties to violent international gangs.

    The arrests and indictments are part of two federal operations: the FBI's anti-crime initiative, Operation Safe Streets, and Operation Community Shield, an ongoing national ICE effort to target foreign-born violent gang members.

    An FBI advisory said numerous people were arrested Thursday as part of a multi-agency operation involving 120 federal and local law enforcement officers.

    Federal charges include narcotics trafficking and firearms violations. State charges have also been filed, including those under a new Nebraska law intended to combat gang recruitment.

    It was not immediately clear how many people were arrested.

    The FBI and federal Homeland Security officials scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday to release more details of the arrests. Grand Island Police Chief Steve Lamken and Hall County Attorney Mark Young were scheduled to participate in the news conference.

    Grand Island has had trouble with gang violence in recent years, highlighted in January when a 15-year-old student was shot at a home in the city in what was believed to have been a gang-related altercation. Rumors of gang retaliation following the shooting swept through the city, prompting police to station officers carrying AR-15 assault rifles at Grand Island High School entrances to reassure students and parents.

    Several other shootings in recent years also are believed to have been related to an increase in gang members in the meatpacking city that lies along Interstate 80 about 125 miles west of Omaha.

    Earlier this year, Young - the county attorney - estimated there were fewer than 100 gang members in the city.

    Sarah Gregory of Grand Island said the city that she grew up in seems more dangerous than it was when she was a child. Gregory, who works as a convenience store clerk on the west side of downtown, believes crime and violence in her hometown have worsened in the last couple years.

    "I don't know where it all came from," said Gregory, whose father used to be a police officer in Grand Island. "When I was little, I used to walk to school every day. I can't see my parents doing that today."
    Atta boys, if you Grand Island guys on here read this, keep it up, you guys bust your butts.
    Sometimes, doing the right thing means p***ing off the bosses.

    "And shepherds we shall be, for thee my lord for thee."

    Originally posted by dontknowwhy
    I still think troopers and deputies who work in the middle of no where with essentially no back up are the 'men among men' of the LEO world.
    Originally posted by weinerdog2000
    as far as your social experiment, if we cant film you then you cant film us, we will arrest you for obstruction of our freedom.

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    Thanks, it took a lot of work to get this to go through.

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    • #3
      Seems like Wanted Dead or Alive posters and Bounty Hunters would be a more cost effective solution.

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