Second Sweep Nets 25 Arrests

El Paso – El Paso police and Texas state troopers have waged a second assault against suspected members of the Barrio Azteca border gang.

In a statement issued Monday, El Paso city officials say 25 people were arrested in what's being called Phase 2 of "Operation Knock Down. The operation is an effort to find new leads into the March 13 killings of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

According to the statement, 10 of the 25 suspects in custody are confirmed members of Barrio Azteca, while the others are alleged associates of the gang of those whose membership is unconfirmed.

Assisting El Paso police and the Texas Department of Public Safety were the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

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