Charlotte police have arrested 45 criminal gang members during Project Southern Tempest. Project Southern Tempest is an intense national law enforcement program designed to promote anti-gang efforts and to share criminal gang intelligence between legal agencies and pressed plenty of criminal charges. Law enforcement agencies have concentrated on locating gang members and gang leadership in an effort to make arrests and either imprison or deport transnational members.
Forty-five arrests have been made in the Charlotte area. Of those 45 gang member arrests, 16 were residing inside the Charlotte city limits and 29 lived in Gastonia. The arrests made encompassed members of the Asian Boys Crips, CRIPS, Bloods, Collateral, Surenos, and Trap Boys.
The operation started for Charlotte in December of 2010 and finally ended in February of 2011. A total of 20,000 gang members have been apprehended since the anti-gang program was set into motion in the year 2005.
Criminal transnational gangs have a noteworthy number of members within the foreign national parameter. These members have been confirmed as maintaining involvement in human smuggling, narcotics smuggling, narcotics distribution, human trafficking, money laundering, ID theft and fraud, as well as arms trafficking and cyber crimes.
“Project Southern Tempest is the largest ever ICE-led gang enforcement operation targeting gangs with ties to drug trafficking organizations,” said John Morton, ICE Director. “Through gang enforcement operations like Project Southern Tempest and Project Big Freeze last year, ICE will continue to disrupt and dismantle these transnational gangs and rid our streets not only of drug dealers, but the violence associated with the drug trade.”
The National Gang Unit makes efforts to identify violent gangs and gathers intelligence on membership, associates, criminal actions, and international movement. These efforts are designed to deter, disrupt, and dismantle criminal gang operations. Federal agencies involved in Project Southern Tempest are the FBI; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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