In upstate SC, gang arrests lead to deportation
Authorities have arrested 10 people in Greenville, South Carolina during an investigation of gangs in the area. Authorities say they also face deportation. WFAE's Simone Orendain has more: A Greenville-based Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent says about a year ago police in Greer and Greenville started looking into gang signs and graffiti. Agent Greg Sassi says they were able to confirm that the people they arrested were members of two Latin American gangs. He says, "We determined that they were members of gangs based on the intelligence we had gathered, the tattoos they had on their bodies, the clothing they were wearing, photographs they possessed, flashing gang signs and then some other paraphernalia they had in their possession as well as some made admissions." Sassi says authorities believe they were involved in drug dealing. He says they're from Mexico and Honduras and don't have papers. Sassi says one of the people arrested was not a gang member, but was in the country illegally. An ICE spokeswoman says the suspects have been placed in deportation proceedings. Eight of them were taken to Mecklenburg County Jail.