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ICE agents and other law enforcement officers arrested 678 gang members and associates during "Project Southern Tempest." Photo courtesy of ICE.

678 Arrested In ICE-Led Gang Sweep

March 2, 2011
Of the arrested 678 gang members or associates, 133 were from different gangs; 447 were charged with criminal offenses; 231 were administrative arrests; 322 had violent criminal histories; and 421 were foreign nationals.
The Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm is an AK variant of Romanian origin. Photo via GunBroker.com.

Weapon Used In ICE Agent's Slaying Traced to Texas Man

March 1, 2011
A Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm that was legally sold by a firearms dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was transported to the Los Zetas cartel operators who used it to attack special agent Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Jr.

Task Force Charges 26 In New Haven Cocaine Ring

March 1, 2011
A multi-agency task force arrested 15 people suspected of running a cocaine ring in New Haven, Conn., area. A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging 26 individuals with narcotics trafficking offenses.

Nationwide DEA Sweep Nets 541 Arrests, $11 Million

February 25, 2011
The DEA declined to give specific locations, yet Arizona, Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, San Antonio, San Diego, Chicago, Newark and Miami are key areas.

DEA Targets Sinaloa Drug Cartel's Cocaine Supplier

February 25, 2011
To cripple the drug trafficking and money laundering activities of one of Mexico's most active cartels, the federal government has designated its Columbian cocaine supplier as a drug-trafficking kingpin. The move gives law enforcement agencies greater powers to punish the network's U.S. associates and freeze assets.
<p>Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata. Photo via ICE.</p>

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

February 24, 2011
Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.

Six Tennessee Bloods Indicted for Murder, Conspiracy

February 24, 2011
Bloods gang members and associates allegedly committed and conspired to commit acts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, narcotics trafficking, bribery and extortion over a more than four-year period.

NF Gang Member Sentenced in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

February 24, 2011
Bismark Martin Ocampo, 40, of San Francisco, worked for the Nuestra Familia (NF) Hispanic prison gang, which exerts control over street-level Norteño traffickers.
Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Acevedo Jr. appeared as "Young Reek" in this 2009 "Top Gunnaz" gangster rap video.

Gangster Rapper Turned Philly Cop Once Claimed Police Brutality

February 22, 2011
Two years ago, Officer Robert Acevedo Jr. performed as "Young Reek," appearing shirtless in rap videos flashing $100 bills with co-stars holding what look like drugs.

Mexican Drug Cartels Flush With Proceeds From Medical Marijuana States

February 21, 2011
Border seizures of the cash crop jumped 44% between 2005 and 2009, and cartels now derive as much as 26% of their profit from the drug.
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