Authorities arrest 21 Mexican immigrants, most alleged gang members


Associated Press - December 11, 2007 9:14 PM ET


CHICAGO (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they've arrested 21 immigrants from Mexico who were allegedly involved in gang activities.


Authorities from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 19 of those arrested in the 2-day "Operation Community Shield" are illegal immigrants and two are permanent residents.


ICE says 16 of the 21 are documented members of the Maniac Latin Disciples and Sureno-13 gangs. The other five have no gang affiliation.


Those arrested are accused of crimes including drug possession, burglary and arson.


Most of the arrests took place in the northwest suburb of Carpentersville . ICE officials joined with police from Carpentersville and five surrounding communities.