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Thirty Alleged Gangsters, Associates Arrested In VA

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WASHINGTON (AP) Federal and local authorities have arrested 30 suspected gang members and associates over the weekend in northern Virginia as part of a three-day enforcement sweep.

Officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the arrests were part of an ongoing effort to target foreign-born gang members.

Of those arrested, 21 are facing only administrative immigration violations. The remainder face criminal charges.

All but one of the 30 are foreign nationals who face deportation. ICE says those arrested include 10 from Honduras, seven from El Salvador, nine from Guatemala and three from Mexico. Those arrested were associated with the MS-13, Mexican Pride and Southside Locos gangs.

Fairfax County Police and the county sheriff's office also participated in the arrests.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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