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March 10, 2006
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Feds target gangs in crackdown, 357 arrested in 2 weeks, 2,388 in past year

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The Bloods, Crips, Disciples and an increasingly popular street gang known as MS-13 were among the gangs targeted in a Department of Homeland Security operation over the past two weeks that yielded 375 arrests of wanted members in 23 states, the department announced Friday.

What makes Operation Community Shield different from other crackdowns is that federal authorities for the first time are using immigration and customs authorities in an attempt to dismantle what they call "transnational, violent street gangs," according to DHS.

DHS launched the operation last year after immigration officials dubbed the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, as "one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the country."

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