Multiple federal agencies have reportedly joined with local law enforcement in an ongoing gang crackdown operation unfolding in the Washington, D.C, region on Wednesday.
The FBI teamed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in undefined court-authorized law-enforcement activity in Prince William County, Va., Fox 5 News reported. Precise information is unavailable regarding the location and nature of the operation, but Virginia’s northern counties have a dense MS-13 gang presence, which could explain the ATF’s joint involvement with the FBI.
#BREAKING: FBI confirms there is currently court authorized law enforcement activity in the DC region involving state and federal agencies.
No further information is being released at this time. The #FBI plans to release more information later this afternoon.
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) December 6, 2017
Fairfax County, which neighbors Prince William, has been reported to hold 1,400 MS-13 members, outnumbering the local police force. The county employs 1062 patrol officers, and even including special units their numbers only reach 1,350, according to a 2015 annual report from Fairfax police. (RELATED: Sessions Approves New Tools To Annihilate MS-13)
This post will be updated as information develops.
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