115 gang members arrested in Laredo
A six-month operation ordered by the Texas governor resulted in Laredo Police and federal authorities identifying dozens of gang members. The governor's gang initiative is geared toward disrupting and identifying gangs along the border.
The Laredo Police Department in conjunction with ATF and ICE were able to round up gang members in a six-month operation.
During the operation they were able to identify more than 500 gang members in Laredo.
The top three gangs were Mexican Mafia, Texas Syndicate and Hermanos Pistoleros.
" Not all of them were arrested, but they were identified and basically they are now part of our intel which we can pass along to other agencies."
The profiles of these gang members will be kept in case they are wanted in the future or have committed a crime.
"We were able to identify several members from cartels and Latin America gangs that were passing through here."
During the operation 50 drug-related warrants were served. Police were able to seize almost six hundred pounds of marijuana.
Other drugs seized include 83 grams of cocaine and 102 grams of heroin.
Also police were able to seize a significant number of weapons like these.
According to police, cartels use these weapons to kill, intimidate and to reinforce positions of power in the region.
Around 115 gang members were arrested; most of them live here in Laredo.
"We have people who are part of these notorious organizations, prison gangs, cartels, we do have them here locally."
Other South Texas border cities received the governor's gang initiative grant as well.
The profiles and information on 500 gang members police were able to identify will be shared with other law enforcement agencies.