The FBI, ICE, Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Air Support, and Etowah, Marshall and DeKalb County Sheriff's Departments teamed up with Albertville, Collinsville and Sylvania Police Departments for the operation. The investigation is part of the on-going Safe Streets Task Force formed three years ago.
Numerous weapons were recovered during the raids, as was body armor, $15,000 in cash and both cut and uncut methamphetamine with a street value of about $30,000.
ICE Homeland Security Agents arrested a total of 28 individuals administratively to be deported back to their countries, including Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.
“ICE has unique immigration and customs law enforcement authorities which complement the authorities of our federal, state, and local partners,” said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans. “Together, we can effectively remove dangerous gang members and their associates from the streets to make our communities safer.” Parmer oversees a five-state area which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee.