Operation Community Shield Targets Gangs in Big Spring

BIG SPRING - A law enforcement roundup in Howard County and Big Spring has resulted in violent gang members and drugs being taken off the streets.

Multiple agencies, including the Big Spring Police Department, the Howard County Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection all took part in Operation Community Shied earlier this week.

Officials say the operation targeted Howard County because a large gang presence has established itself there.

In all, 14 people were arrested and officers found drugs, guns, cash and a stolen vehicle.

The people arrested were members of numerous gangs including the West Texas Tango Blast, the Mexican Mafia, Texas Syndicate and the Texas Born Hustler.