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DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Dozens of suspected gang members were scooped up across North Texas and several hundred more across the U.S, during a five-week federal operation.

The operation dubbed ‘Project Shadowfire‘ began in late February 2016 and didn’t finish until last week.

Carl Rusnok of the Department of Homeland Security says  of the 266 arrests throughout Texas, 41 were booked in North Texas alone. And nearly every one of them, Rusnok says, is a suspected gang member.

According to DHS, four of those captured are from Mexico, and one from Peru; all others are U.S. citizens who had active warrants from other law enforcement agencies for their arrest.  Eighteen are considered to be members or associates of nine different gangs.  Twenty-four arrests were made in Fort Worth, seven in Arlington, five in Irving, three in Dallas, and one in Sherman.

Nationwide the sweep led to more than 1,100 arrests.

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