Federal Authorities Arrest 16 In Maryland As Part Of Organized Crime Operation

Monday, March 28, 2016
WBAL NewsRadio 1090

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 16 in Maryland as part of a nationwide surge operation targeting transnational organized crime.

Most of the 16 arrested (among more than 1,000 overall) in Project Shadowfire were members or affiliates of the infamous MS-13 gang, with others members of Eighteenth Street and Sureños.

“Transnational criminal gang members and their associates not only bring violence to our community, they also deal in human trafficking and drug smuggling. These organizations find the vulnerable and the weak in our neighborhoods and exploit them for personal gain,” Andre R. Watson, Baltimore's special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations, said in a statement. “This is why targeting members and affiliates of these gangs will always be a top priority for HSI, because ensuring public safety is a top priority.”

The arrests include a Cockeysville resident wanted for rape of a minor, a Bethesda resident wanted for tampering with a witness, a Baltimore resident wanted for attempted murder and a Wheaton resident wanted for attempted murder. No other information about those arrested or whether their charges were state or federal was made available.

Project Shadowfire was a surge operation led by HSI's national gang unit between Feb. 15 and March 18, run in cooperation with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies...