Immigration Officials Lead Raid Netting 65 Arrests

Tuesday, September 4th 2007, 5:04 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Federal immigration agents rounded up 65 people, mostly illegal aliens, during a weeklong anti-gang operation.

The enforcement action, which ended Sunday, targeted Hispanic gangs in Oklahoma City.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok said Tuesday that 62 of those arrested will be returned to their native countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq and Mexico.

These arrests are part of an immigration program that has resulted in the arrest of 5,000 gang members since February 2005.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said some of those arrested were among Oklahoma County's most dangerous gang members.