A three month investigation lead by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lead to the arrests of 678 people with alleged ties to the Mexican drug cartels. 322 of the people arrested had violent criminal histories. The operation targeted foreign nationals from international gangs that deal with identity theft, fraud, weapons trafficking and drug dealing. ICE claims that members of these international gangs have committed robberies, murders, assaults and rapes. 164 people were arrested for non drug related violations and immigration violations. Law enforcement officials seized 86 guns, eight pounds of methamphetamine, 30 pounds of marijuana, one pound of cocaine, $70,000 in cash and two vehicles. The operation involved at least 173 law enforcement agencies.
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